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Kainos Capital Acquires Slim-Fast From Unilever

Kainos Capital Acquires Slim-Fast From Unilever

Kainos Capital has acquired the Slim-Fast brand from Unilever. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. The transaction includes the Slim-Fast trademark and the global Slim-Fast business portfolio. Slim-Fast is a branded weight loss and meal replacement business that markets ready-to-drink shakes, powders, bars and snacks to retail customers throughout North America and…

O2 Acquires Packaging Concepts + Design

O2 Acquires Packaging Concepts + Design

Packaging Concepts + Design, a provider of packaging for Tier 1 auto suppliers, has been acquired by O2 Investment Partners in partnership with the company’s management team.  The acquisition of Packaging Concepts marks O2’s fourth completed transaction in the past sixth months. “We wanted to find a partner that shared our strategic vision for our…

Castle Harlan Acquires Tensar from Arcapita

Castle Harlan Acquires Tensar from Arcapita

Castle Harlan has acquired Tensar Corporation, a provider of specialty products and engineering services, from Arcapita which fist invested in Tensar in November 2005. Tensar offers products and services that provide soil stabilization, earth retention, foundation support and erosion and sediment control. Customers include commercial, industrial and residential site developers, resource extractors, transportation authorities, coastal…

Platinum Equity Sells Wheel Pros to Audax

Platinum Equity Sells Wheel Pros to Audax

Platinum Equity has sold its portfolio company Wheel Pros, a designer and distributor of wheels and tires, to Audax Private Equity. Wheel Pros is a designer, marketer, and distributor of branded aftermarket wheels, primarily for light trucks and similar vehicles. The company also distributes performance tires and accessories. The company is headquartered in Denver (www.wheelpros.com).…

Catterton Invests in Pain Doctor

Catterton Invests in Pain Doctor

Pain Doctor, a pain management company, has received a significant growth capital investment from Catterton Partners.  The investment will be used to expand Pain Doctor’s reach across the US and build its support businesses, which include lead generation, lab services and natural pain relief supplements. Pain Doctor provides standardized care and service for patients in…

Resilience Acquires Phoenix Installation Services

Resilience Acquires Phoenix Installation Services

Aero Communications, a portfolio company of Resilience Capital Partners, has acquired Phoenix Installation Services, a provider of construction and maintenance services to the wireless industry, through a newly-formed company, Phoenix Communications.  Phoenix Communications is Resilience Capital Partners’ third add-on acquisition by its Aero Communications investment platform, which it acquired in October 2012. Phoenix specializes in…

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Tengram Capital Adds Beauty Industry Ops Executive

Tengram Capital Adds Beauty Industry Ops Executive

Beauty industry veteran Elana Drell Szyfer has joined Laura Geller Beauty as CEO and Tengram Capital Partners as an Operating Advisor. Tengram first invested in Laura Geller Beauty in December 2012. Ms. Drell Szyfer has over two decades of experience in the beauty industry having worked at Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, and Avon.  At Estee Lauder,…

Charlesbank Closes Fund 8 at Hard Cap

Charlesbank Closes Fund 8 at Hard Cap

Charlesbank Capital Partners has closed Charlesbank Equity Fund VIII at its hard cap of $1.75 billion in capital commitments. Marketing for the new fund began in early April, with a target of $1.5 billion, and Charlesbank reached the hard cap at the end of June. With most investors returning from the firm’s previous funds, Charlesbank…

EY – Unit Volume of Deals Steady, Valuations Up

EY – Unit Volume of Deals Steady, Valuations Up

Multi-billion dollar deals across a variety of sectors dominated headlines throughout the first half of 2014, and despite virtually flat US deal volumes rising deal values could be indicative of an M&A rebound to come, according to EY Transaction Advisory Services. “Big deals mean that confidence is returning to the boardroom. That – coupled with…

James Dolan to join Cherry Tree as Managing Partner

James Dolan to join Cherry Tree as Managing Partner

The Cherry Tree Companies have hired James Dolan as a new Managing Partner in the company’s investment banking unit, Cherry Tree & Associates. Mr. Dolan will be based at the company’s headquarters in Minnetonka, MN and will focus on building Cherry Tree’s information services and business information practice and he will also be responsible for…

Imperial Capital Adds New Partner

Imperial Capital Adds New Partner

Canadian middle market private equity firm Imperial Capital Group has added Glen Silvestri to the firm as a new partner. “Glen brings a wealth of private equity experience to Imperial Capital,” said Jeff Rosenthal, co-founder and Managing Partner. “As we look to deploy the nearly $300 million we recently raised in our Fund V, we…

Z Capital Closes Fund 2 Above Target

Z Capital Closes Fund 2 Above Target

Z Capital Partners held a final close of Z Capital Partners Special Situations Fund II, LP (Fund II) on June 30, 2014, with total capital commitments of $750 million. The new fund exceeded its initial target of $500 million. Fund II will focus on long term control investments in middle-market companies that may require growth…

New Platform

Kainos Capital Acquires Slim-Fast From Unilever

Kainos Capital has acquired the Slim-Fast brand from Unilever. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. The transaction includes the Slim-Fast trademark and the global Slim-Fast business portfolio. Slim-Fast is a branded weight…

O2 Acquires Packaging Concepts + Design

Packaging Concepts + Design, a provider of packaging for Tier 1 auto suppliers, has been acquired by O2 Investment Partners in partnership with the company’s management team.  The acquisition of Packaging Concepts marks O2’s fourth…

Castle Harlan Acquires Tensar from Arcapita

Castle Harlan has acquired Tensar Corporation, a provider of specialty products and engineering services, from Arcapita which fist invested in Tensar in November 2005. Tensar offers products and services that provide soil stabilization, earth retention,…

Add-on

Resilience Acquires Phoenix Installation Services

Aero Communications, a portfolio company of Resilience Capital Partners, has acquired Phoenix Installation Services, a provider of construction and maintenance services to the wireless industry, through a newly-formed company, Phoenix Communications.  Phoenix Communications is Resilience…

Wind Point Acquires Duro Bag Manufacturing

Hilex Poly, a manufacturer and recycler of plastic packaging products and a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, has acquired Duro Bag Manufacturing Company. Duro Bag is a manufacturer and marketer of retail and luxury…

Gridiron Capital Acquires Thera Pearl

Performance Health, a health, wellness, and self-care company and a portfolio compmay of Gridiron Capital, has acquired THERA°PEARL, a maker of hot and cold health therapies. THERA PEARL creates hot and cold therapy products using…

MW Industries Acquires Hi-Performance Fastening Systems

MW Industries, a provider of springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts, and other precision components, announced today the acquisition of Hi-Performance Fastening Systems, a manufacturer of products for the appliance, automotive, communication, housing and other assorted…

Exit

Platinum Equity Sells Wheel Pros to Audax

Platinum Equity has sold its portfolio company Wheel Pros, a designer and distributor of wheels and tires, to Audax Private Equity. Wheel Pros is a designer, marketer, and distributor of branded aftermarket wheels, primarily for…

Arbor Sells Truco Enterprises to Insignia

Arbor Investments has completed the sale of Truco Enterprises to Insignia Capital Group.  Arbor acquired a controlling interest in Truco in 2004. Truco Enterprises markets and distributes branded Mexican food and beverage products. The company’s…

Leeds Equity Sells SeatonCorp to TriBlue

Leeds Equity Partners has completed the previously announced sale of Chicago-based SeatonCorp to TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE: TBI) for $310 million.  Leeds Equity acquired a majority stake in Seaton in 2005 for $120 million from Seaton’s…

Breakwater Exits Yourbuds

Yurbuds, a portfolio company of Breakwater Investment Management has been acquired by Harman International Industries (NYSE:HAR), a global infotainment and audio group. “This is a very exciting juncture for this globally recognized premium brand within…

Financing

American Capital Obtains $750 Million Secured Credit Facility

American Capital announced today the closing of a $750 million senior secured revolving credit facility, provided by Bank of America.  The facility, which matures in June 2016, bears interest at a rate of LIBOR plus…

Monroe Capital Backs Versa’s Spin off of BCC

Monroe Capital has provided a senior secured credit facility to support the spin-off of BCC Software from its former parent, Bell and Howell, by private equity sponsor Versa Capital Management.  Versa now holds majority ownership…

Varagon Capital Partners Launched by AIG and Oak Hill

A new company backed by AIG and Oak Hill Capital Management has been formed today with the launch of Varagon Capital Partners, a direct lender to middle market companies. Varagon launches with an initial $1.5…

Brookside Mezzanine Partners Makes Investment in Northwest Cosmetic Laboratories

Brookside Mezzanine Partners has made an investment in Northwest Cosmetic Laboratories (NCL). Brookside Mezzanine Partners provided the subordinated debt along with an equity co-investment to support the acquisition of NCL by Clearview Capital. NCL is…

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