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North Castle Invests in SmartyPants

North Castle Invests in SmartyPants

North Castle Partners has made an investment in SmartyPants Vitamins, a developer, marketer and distributor of children’s and adult’s gummy vitamins and supplements.  CircleUp Growth Fund co-invested in this transaction alongside North Castle. SmartyPants Vitamins was founded in 2010 by Co-CEOs Courtney Nichols Gould and Gordon Gould. The company’s core products include Kids Complete, Kids…

Castanea Invests in First Aid Beauty

Castanea Invests in First Aid Beauty

Castanea Partners has acquired a minority interest in First Aid Beauty, a maker and marketer of skincare products. First Aid Beauty, also known as FAB, offers a range of skincare products that include cleansers, exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and masks. FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, and address skin concerns such as…

Identity Group Adds-On with Buy of Alchemy

Identity Group Adds-On with Buy of Alchemy

Identity Group Holdings, a portfolio company of Ancor Capital Partners, Merit Capital and PNC Mezzanine, has acquired Alchemy Dimensional Graphics, a maker of architectural signage. Alchemy Dimensional Graphics is a wholesale-only supplier to the architectural signage market.  The company operates a low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission facility and its colorizing is completed with ultraviolet…

Swander Pace Sells Merrick Pet Care to Nestlé Purina

Swander Pace Sells Merrick Pet Care to Nestlé Purina

Swander Pace Capital has agreed to sell Merrick Pet Care, a maker of natural and organic pet food, to Nestlé Purina PetCare. Other selling shareholders include founder Garth Merrick, Monitor Clipper Partners, and Highland Consumer Partners. Swander Pace acquired Merrick Pet Care in December 2010. During Swander’s term of ownership, Merrick has grown into a…

Cyprium Invests in M-D Building Products

Cyprium Invests in M-D Building Products

Cyprium Partners has made a mezzanine investment in M-D Building Products to refinance existing debt and to fund the company’s growth. M-D Building Products designs, manufactures and markets residential and commercial weatherproofing products, including door and window weather-stripping, garage door weather-stripping, pipe insulation and a line of interior and exterior caulk marketed under both the…

NewSpring Invests in ContinuumRx

NewSpring Invests in ContinuumRx

NewSpring Health Capital, the dedicated healthcare fund of NewSpring Capital, has made a $5.5 million investment as part of a total $13.5 million investment in ContinuumRx Services.  Health Enterprise Partners also participated in the new financing. ContinuumRx provides home infusion and other specialty pharmacy services to chronic and acute patients through joint ventures with existing…

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Ares Management  and Kayne Anderson to Merge

Ares Management  and Kayne Anderson to Merge

Ares Management and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors have entered into a merger agreement to create Ares Kayne Management, an alternative asset manager with a combined $113 billion of assets under management. Under the agreement Ares Management will provide $2.5 billion in consideration to Kayne Anderson, the majority of which will be in the form of…

New Head of Mezzanine Named at Madison Capital

New Head of Mezzanine Named at Madison Capital

Madison Capital Funding, an active lender to middle market private equity, has hired Jon Leisinger, Director, as the firm’s new head of Mezzanine Credit.  He is based in the firm’s Chicago office. “We are pleased to welcome Jon to Madison Capital,” said Hugh Wade, Madison Capital Funding’s co-founder and CEO. “His significant experience will help…

Brentwood Recaps Sundance, Pays Dividend

Brentwood Recaps Sundance, Pays Dividend

Brentwood Associates has completed a dividend recapitalization of its portfolio company Sundance Holding Company. Sundance is a multi-channel direct marketer and specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, jewelry and home furnishings. The company’s products are sold through its catalogs, website, an outlet store and retail stores located in Corte Madera, CA and Denver, CO. Sundance…

iLEVEL Sold to Ipreo

iLEVEL Sold to Ipreo

Ipreo, a data and market intelligence provider owned by Blackstone and Goldman Sachs, has acquired iLEVEL, a provider of portfolio monitoring and analytics to financial services companies including private equity firms.  iLEVEL will be merged with Ipreo’s Alternative Assets group to form a new Private Capital Markets division which will be led by Kevin Black,…

New Water Closes Fund I

New Water Closes Fund I

New Water Capital has held a first and final close of its inaugural private equity fund, New Water Capital Partners, LP (Fund I), at its hard cap of $406 million. The firm began fundraising in March with an initial target of $250 million.  Capstone Partners was the placement agent for the new fund. New Water…

KPS Completes Second July Dividend Recap

KPS Completes Second July Dividend Recap

KPS Capital Partners has completed a dividend recapitalization of its portfolio company American & Efird Global (A&E).  KPS acquired A&E from Harris Teeter Supermarkets in November 2011. To complete the recapitalization, A&E raised $275 million of financing, including a $65 million revolving credit facility and a $210 million term loan.  The proceeds of new debt…

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North Castle Invests in SmartyPants

North Castle Partners has made an investment in SmartyPants Vitamins, a developer, marketer and distributor of children’s and adult’s gummy vitamins and supplements.  CircleUp Growth Fund co-invested in this transaction alongside North Castle. SmartyPants Vitamins…

Castanea Invests in First Aid Beauty

Castanea Partners has acquired a minority interest in First Aid Beauty, a maker and marketer of skincare products. First Aid Beauty, also known as FAB, offers a range of skincare products that include cleansers, exfoliators,…

Cyprium Invests in M-D Building Products

Cyprium Partners has made a mezzanine investment in M-D Building Products to refinance existing debt and to fund the company’s growth. M-D Building Products designs, manufactures and markets residential and commercial weatherproofing products, including door…

Add-on

Identity Group Adds-On with Buy of Alchemy

Identity Group Holdings, a portfolio company of Ancor Capital Partners, Merit Capital and PNC Mezzanine, has acquired Alchemy Dimensional Graphics, a maker of architectural signage. Alchemy Dimensional Graphics is a wholesale-only supplier to the architectural…

Revelstoke Completes Two More Add-ons to Schryver

Schryver Medical Sales and Marketing, a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners, has completed the acquisitions of Main Street Clinical Laboratory and On-Site Imaging Solutions.  These two acquisitions follow Schryver’s January 2015 acquisition of Nashville-based…

Argosy Adds-On to Fairway Building Products

Fairway Building Products, a portfolio company of Argosy Investment Partners, has acquired Carfaro, a manufacturer of aluminum railings used in residential and commercial buildings. The buy of Carfaro is the first add-on acquisition for Fairway…

Morgenthaler Acquires DLH Industries

Bowles Fluidics, a portfolio company of Morgenthaler Private Equity, has acquired DLH Industries, a manufacturer of air and fluid management systems for the automotive industry.  The combined company is now called dlhBOWLES. Bowles Fluidics, acquired…

Exit

Swander Pace Sells Merrick Pet Care to Nestlé Purina

Swander Pace Capital has agreed to sell Merrick Pet Care, a maker of natural and organic pet food, to Nestlé Purina PetCare. Other selling shareholders include founder Garth Merrick, Monitor Clipper Partners, and Highland Consumer…

Sun Capital Sells Vari-Form to Crown

Sun Capital Partners has completed the sale of its investment in Vari-Form, a manufacturer of lightweight, hydroformed structural parts, to Crowne Group. Vari-Form manufactures front end structures, cross members, roof rails, frame rails, instrument panel…

Olympus Sells Waddington to Jarden

Olympus Partners has signed an agreement to sell The Waddington Group to Jarden Corporation for$1.35 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.  Olympus Partners acquired The Waddington Group from…

Aperion Exits Stella Environmental

Aperion Management has sold its investment in Stella Environmental, a municipal solid waste company, to Action Resources.  Aperion and Ocean Avenue Capital Partners acquired Sprint Logistics in February 2012 and renamed the company Stella Environmental.…

Financing

Ares Management  and Kayne Anderson to Merge

Ares Management and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors have entered into a merger agreement to create Ares Kayne Management, an alternative asset manager with a combined $113 billion of assets under management. Under the agreement Ares…

New Head of Mezzanine Named at Madison Capital

Madison Capital Funding, an active lender to middle market private equity, has hired Jon Leisinger, Director, as the firm’s new head of Mezzanine Credit.  He is based in the firm’s Chicago office. “We are pleased…

Brentwood Recaps Sundance, Pays Dividend

Brentwood Associates has completed a dividend recapitalization of its portfolio company Sundance Holding Company. Sundance is a multi-channel direct marketer and specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, jewelry and home furnishings. The company’s products are…

Behrman Completes Another Dividend Recap For DDC

Behrman Capital has completed a $515 million dividend recapitalization of Data Device Corporation (DDC), a provider of connectivity and power products used in aerospace, defense, and industrial applications. DDC is a designer and manufacturer of…

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