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Amulet Acquires SynteractHCR

Amulet Acquires SynteractHCR

Amulet Capital Partners has acquired SynteractHCR, a contract research organization that supports Phase I‐IV clinical trials for emerging to mid-sized biopharma companies, from Gryphon Investors. SynteractHCR was founded in 1995 and, according to the company, is a top 20 global contract research organization. The company has specific expertise in the oncology, immunotherapy, infectious disease, endocrinology,…

Wicks Group Buys Innovation Enterprise

Wicks Group Buys Innovation Enterprise

Argyle Executive Forum, a portfolio company of The Wicks Group of Companies since June 2015, has acquired Innovation Enterprise, a producer of networking events and a provider of marketing services, from CFO Publishing, a portfolio company of Seguin Partners since January 2010. Innovation Enterprise produces more than 122 annual events in the US, Europe, Asia, and…

Spire Invests in On Campus Marketing

Spire Invests in On Campus Marketing

Spire Capital has made an investment in On Campus Marketing, an e-commerce provider of affinity programs for universities and colleges. This is the fifth investment that Spire has completed for its third fund. Utilizing university-branded marketing, On Campus Marketing (OCM) sells more than 10,000 products such as dorm bedding, linens and towels, storage trunks, carpet,…

Azalea Invests in Jones Natural Chews

Azalea Invests in Jones Natural Chews

Azalea Capital has made an investment in Jones Natural Chews (JNC), a maker of all-natural dog treats and chews. The company’s products are 100% natural and 100% manufactured in the US, a distinction – according to the company – held exclusively by JNC. Jones Natural Chews sells its products through pet, farm, hardware, and other retail stores nationally.…

Warburg  Sells ACAMS to DeVry

Warburg  Sells ACAMS to DeVry

Warburg Pincus has agreed to sell the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists to Becker Professional Education, a subsidiary of DeVry Education Group, for $330 million. DeVry expects the company to generate fiscal 2017 revenues of approximately $40 million and will fund the purchase price through a combination of cash on hand and senior debt.…

The Sterling Group Adds to Safe Fleet

The Sterling Group Adds to Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, has acquired Rear View Safety, a provider of back up camera systems and other video-based road safety products. Rear View Safety’s products are sold to the commercial fleet and government fleet sectors and are utilized in recreational vehicles, trucks, trailers, commercial vans, construction, emergency, bus and…

News

Crown Backs Bill Gosling

Crown Backs Bill Gosling

Growth capital investor Crown Capital Partners has provided a $15 million, five-year term loan to Bill Gosling Outsourcing, a provider of call center services. The loan was provided by Crown Capital Fund IV, LP, a fund managed by Crown and in which Crown holds a 50% interest. The term loan bears an annual fixed rate…

Babson Backs ABRY Buy of SambaSafety

Babson Backs ABRY Buy of SambaSafety

Babson Capital Management was the joint lead arranger and bookrunner on a senior secured credit facility to support ABRY Partners’ recent acquisition of Safety Holdings (DBA SambaSafety), a provider of cloud-based data services on unsafe driving behavior. SambaSafety was owned by Cerca Group and Ticonderoga Private Equity which acquired the company in November 2011. SambaSafety…

New Name and Expanded Mission for PEGCC

New Name and Expanded Mission for PEGCC

The Private Equity Growth Capital Council (PEGCC) has been re-named the American Investment Council (AIC). Along with the name change the AIC is expanding its mission to “advance access to capital, job creation, retirement security, innovation, and economic growth in the United States by promoting responsible long-term investment.” “This is a major step forward for…

Ares to Buy American Capital

Ares to Buy American Capital

Ares Capital has agreed to acquire American Capital in a cash and stock transaction valued at $3.4 billion. On a combined pro forma basis the companies would have more than $13 billion of investments at fair value as of March 31, 2016. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction. American Capital (NASDAQ:…

NXT Capital Backs Freeman Spogli

NXT Capital Backs Freeman Spogli

NXT Capital has provided additional financing to support the add-on acquisition by Regent Holding Company of Illume, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of branded and private label home fragrances. Regent has been a portfolio company of Freeman Spogli since October 2015. NXT provided the original senior secured credit facility to back Freeman Spogli’s acquisition of…

Blue Ridge Names New Managing Director of Analytics

Blue Ridge Names New Managing Director of Analytics

Blue Ridge Partners, a management consulting firm that advises on revenue growth, has named Marten Leijon as Managing Director of Analytics. Mr. Leijon is based in the firm’s McLean, VA headquarters. Blue Ridge Partners is a management consulting firm that helps companies improve the performance of their revenue function in order to create shareholder value.…

New Platform

Amulet Acquires SynteractHCR

Amulet Capital Partners has acquired SynteractHCR, a contract research organization that supports Phase I‐IV clinical trials for emerging to mid-sized biopharma companies, from Gryphon Investors. SynteractHCR was founded in 1995 and, according to the company,…

Spire Invests in On Campus Marketing

Spire Capital has made an investment in On Campus Marketing, an e-commerce provider of affinity programs for universities and colleges. This is the fifth investment that Spire has completed for its third fund. Utilizing university-branded…

Azalea Invests in Jones Natural Chews

Azalea Capital has made an investment in Jones Natural Chews (JNC), a maker of all-natural dog treats and chews. The company’s products are 100% natural and 100% manufactured in the US, a distinction – according to the…

Add-on

Wicks Group Buys Innovation Enterprise

Argyle Executive Forum, a portfolio company of The Wicks Group of Companies since June 2015, has acquired Innovation Enterprise, a producer of networking events and a provider of marketing services, from CFO Publishing, a portfolio company…

The Sterling Group Adds to Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, has acquired Rear View Safety, a provider of back up camera systems and other video-based road safety products. Rear View Safety’s products are sold to the…

Saugatuck Builds Up APCT

APCT, a manufacturer of multilayer printed circuit boards and a portfolio company of Saugatuck Capital, has acquired the stock of Tech Circuits and its sister company Source Technologies. APCT has been a portfolio company of…

Industrial Growth Partners Adds On

Grakon, a maker of custom lighting and electronics products for OEM vehicle manufacturers, has acquired the business and assets of Hamsar Diversco.  Grakon has been a portfolio company of Industrial Growth Partners since October 2014.…

Exit

Warburg  Sells ACAMS to DeVry

Warburg Pincus has agreed to sell the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists to Becker Professional Education, a subsidiary of DeVry Education Group, for $330 million. DeVry expects the company to generate fiscal 2017 revenues…

ACAS Sells The Meadows to Kohlberg

American Capital (ACAS) has sold its portfolio company MW Acquisition Corporation (The Meadows) to Alita Care, a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, for $97 million. Alita Care is a new platform formed by Kohlberg…

Court Square to Sell Wyle

Publicly-traded KBR, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Wyle, a portfolio company of Court Square Capital Partners, for $570 million in cash. Court Square acquired Wyle in June 2009 from Littlejohn & Co.…

Brynwood to Sell High Ridge to CD&R

Brynwood Partners has signed an agreement to sell High Ridge Brands to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for $415 million.  This sale is the largest realization in Brynwood’s 32-year history. The transaction is expected to close…

Financing

Crown Backs Bill Gosling

Growth capital investor Crown Capital Partners has provided a $15 million, five-year term loan to Bill Gosling Outsourcing, a provider of call center services. The loan was provided by Crown Capital Fund IV, LP, a…

Babson Backs ABRY Buy of SambaSafety

Babson Capital Management was the joint lead arranger and bookrunner on a senior secured credit facility to support ABRY Partners’ recent acquisition of Safety Holdings (DBA SambaSafety), a provider of cloud-based data services on unsafe…

Ares to Buy American Capital

Ares Capital has agreed to acquire American Capital in a cash and stock transaction valued at $3.4 billion. On a combined pro forma basis the companies would have more than $13 billion of investments at…

NXT Capital Backs Freeman Spogli

NXT Capital has provided additional financing to support the add-on acquisition by Regent Holding Company of Illume, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of branded and private label home fragrances. Regent has been a portfolio company…

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