Deals

3i Group has made a new bid for U.K. utilities infrastructure maintenance company Enterprise PLC after its initial 575 pence-per-share bid was rejected last month. The revised bid is 605 pence per share, which would value Enterprise at approximately £486 million. Various press reports suggest that Enterprise’s board already has accepted the increased offer.

Alexander Gallo Holding LLC has acquired Legal Reprographics Inc., a San Diego-based legal services firm offering litigation photocopying, litigation imaging, electronic discovery/hosting and graphic design. No financial terms were disclosed, except that Alexander Gallo was aided by a capital infusion from Veronis Suhler Stevenson Structured Capital.

Alpha Packaging, a St. Louis–based blow molder of HDPE and PET bottles and jars, has acquired Quality Container, a Ypsilanti, Mich.-based manufacturer of HDPE bottles and jars for the pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement markets. No financial terms were disclosed. Alpha Packaging is backed by Stonebridge Partners.

Apax Partners and Morgan Stanley Principal Investments have agreed to acquire Chicago-based insurance brokerage Hub International Ltd. (NYSE: HBG; TSX: HBG) for $40 per share. The total deal is valued at approximately $1.8 billion, including around $145 million of assumed debt. Hub is being advised on the sale by Merrill Lynch.

Applebee’s International Inc. (Nasdaq:APPB) has retained Citigroup and Banc of America Securities to help explore strategic alternatives, including a possible recapitalization of sale of the company. The Overland Park, Kan.-based company franchises and operates nearly 2,000 restaurants under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar brand.

Apollo Management has agreed to acquire Smart & Final Inc. (NYSE: SMF) for $22 per share. The total deal is valued at approximately $813 million. Smart & Final is a Los Angeles-based operator of non-membership warehouse stores for food and foodservice supplies. It was advised on the transaction by Goldman Sachs.

Argos Utilities Corp., a Bethesda, Md.-based provider of transmission and distribution services to utility customers, has completed its acquisition of Contracting Enterprises Inc., a Roanoke, Va.-based provider of utility construction services to electric and gas utilities in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. Cadent Energy Partners provided equity to support the acquisition, while a senior note facility came from Orix Leveraged Finance.

The Audax Group announced it has acquired Dosicolor, a Buenos Aires, Argentina-based provider of colorants to the plastics industry. No financial terms were disclosed, except that GE Antares Capital and GSO Capital provided leverage. Audax said that it will use Dosicolor as an add-on acquisition for existing portfolio company ColorMatrix Corp., a Berea, Ohio-based manufacturer of liquid color and additive concentrates for thermoplastic products.

Avista Capital Partners has agreed to acquire BioReliance Corp. from Invitrogen Corp. (Nasdaq: IVGN) for approximately $210 million. BioReliance is a Rockville, Md.-based contract service organization providing biological safety testing, toxicology, viral manufacturing, and laboratory animal diagnostic services to the global pharma market. The transaction is expected to close next quarter.

AXA Private Equity has acquired an undisclosed stake in Trecobat Group, a Brittany, France-based homebuilder. No additional details were released.

Axiom Equity Partners of Denver has acquired BLB Enterprises LLC, a Boston-based global supply company with a focus on manufacturing goods and procuring materials throughout Asia. No financial terms were disclosed.

Baird Capital Partners has sponsored a management buyout of Amoena Group, a Raubling, Germany–based manufacturer and distributor of breast prostheses, bras and swimwear for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. The seller was Danish medical devices company Coloplast AS.

BecoTek AS, a Norwegian industrial components based on copper alloys, has acquired Johnson Metall AB, a Nordic manufacturer of finished and semi-finished products in bronze, from Hexagon AB. BecoTek is controlled by Norvestor.

Berkeley Capital Management of San Francisco has agreed to acquire the investment team of CapitalWorks Investment Partners, a San Diego-based firm that manages approximately $650 million in traditional and alternative assets for institutional investors. No financial terms were disclosed. Lovell Minnick Partners acquired Berkeley Capital Management in 2003 from London Pacific Group.

Broadview Networks Holdings Inc., a Rye Brook, N.Y.-based provider of integrated communications and managed security services, has agreed to acquire InfoHighway Communications, a New York-based provider of hosted and managed communications solutions for business customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. No financial terms were disclosed. Broadview shareholders include Baker Capital, MCG Capital, New Enterprise Associates, ComVentures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. InfoHighway backers include Apollo Real Estate Advisors, LLR Partners, Liberty Venture Partners, Spectrum Equity Investors and Trimaran Capital Partners.

The Carlyle Group and Crescent Hotels & Resorts have teamed up to acquire the Sheraton College Park, Md. from Pyramid Advisors for an undisclosed amount. Crescent will operate the hotel and oversee a $4 million renovation of the property over the next six months.

Catterton Partners has acquired MonoSol LLC, a Merrillville, Ind.-based developer of water-soluble films, from The Bass Group. News of the deal was first reported by LBO Wire, which put the price tag in excess of $55 million. Bass rolled some equity over into the deal, while existing MonoSol lender LaSalle Bank arranged senior financing.

Central Parking Corp. (NYSE: CPC) of Nashville has agreed to be acquired for $22.53 per share by Kohlberg & Co., Lubert-Adler and Chrysalis Capital Partners. The total deal is valued at around $726 million. Central Parking was advised by The Blackstone Group.

Cinven may or may not be considering a buyout bid for Wolseley PLC, a listed U.K.-based distributor of plumbing and heating equipment. London newspaper City AM reported that Cinven was prepping a £10 billion bid, which sent Wolseley shares up 8.5 percent, giving it a market capitalization of approximately £9.1 billion. AFX News has since countered with a report that Cinven is not pursuing such an offer.

CIVC Partners has acquired Guardian Warranty Corp., an Avoca, Pa.-based marketer, administrator and insurer of extended vehicle service contracts. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which was done in partnership with company management.

Compass Partners

has acquired the bankrupt assets of USA Commercial Mortgage Co.‘s (USACM) First Trust Deed Fund for $67 million.

Concentra Health Services Inc., an Addison, Texas-based provider of occupational healthcare services, has acquired Industrial Solutions Group Inc., a Ft. Wayne, Ind.-based occupational and environmental health services company. No financial terms were disclosed. Concentra is a portfolio company of Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.

The Container Store has retained JPMorgan to help it explore strategic alternatives, including a possible company sale. The privately-held storage and organization retailer said that the its primary shareholder — the Boone family — has expressed an interest in selling a large portion of their ownership position. The company’s 2006 sales were nearly $500 million.

Countrywide PLC reportedly has received a £1.01 billion buyout offer from Apollo Management. The U.K.-based property and financial services company’s shareholders recently rejected an offer from 3i Group.

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) shares rose on a U.K. press report that the company could be the target of a $54 billion buyout bid. The Sunday Express reported that the bidding consortium could include The Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group and KKR.

FdG Associates has made a minority investment in the parent company of newly-formed Proficio Bank, which markets specialized banking and mortgage services to the relocation, homebuilding and real estate brokerage industries. No financial terms were disclosed.

Fortress Investment Group has completed its $16.35 per share buyout of RailAmerica Inc. (NYSE: RRA), a Boca Raton, Fla.-based short line and regional rail service provider with 42 railroads operating approximately 7,800 miles in the U.S. and Canada. As part of the deal close, RailAmerica will de-list from the NYSE.

Golden Gate Capital and JP Capital Partners have acquired Cydcor Inc., a Westlake Village, Calif.-based provider of outsourced face-to-face sales. No financial terms were disclosed.

Golden Gate Capital and Circle Peak Capital have acquired Rocket Dog, a Hayward, Calif.–based footwear designer and distributor of footwear, from New York Transit Inc. No financial terms were disclosed.

Goldman Sachs and British Airways are part of a group that is considering a buyout offer for American Airlines, according to BusinessWeek. The offer — if it comes — would be for between $46 and $52 per share, which would be an equity value of between $9.8 billion and $11.1 billion.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, an Elkhart, Ind.–based manufacturer of towable RVs, has received an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Catterton Partners.

Hunt Special Situations Group has completed its acquisition of Castwell Products Inc. from Citation Corp. No financial terms were disclosed. Castwell is a Skokie, Ill.-based ductile and gray iron foundry, specializing in the production of precision castings encompassing a broad array of alloy and dimensional tolerances.

ING Clarion Partners has agreed to acquire Apple Hospitality Two Inc., a REIT focused on the upscale, extended-stay suite segment of the hotel industry, for approximately $11.20 per share. The total deal would be valued at around $890 million, including debt. The Apple portfolio consists of 64 hotels, containing a total of 7,690 suites, across 25 states. UBS is advising Apple on the sale.

Investcorp has acquired Armacell International GmbH, a Munster, Germany-based provider of flexible technical insulation that was spun off from Armstrong World Industries in 2000. No financial terms were disclosed.

Key Principal Partners has sponsored a management buyout of Kellermeyer Building Services, a Maumee, Ohio-based provider of customized commercial cleaning services to the retail industry. KPP’s investment included $36 million in preferred equity and subordinated notes.

LogicaCMG has sold its Telecom Products business for £265 million in cash to a private equity consortium led by Atlantic Bridge Ventures. The business, to be renamed Acision, provides converged mobile messaging solutions for text and multimedia messaging for 300 network operators and service providers, who serve more than 1 billion consumers worldwide. It generated £254.7 million in 2005 revenue. Other buyers include Larry Quinn, former chairman and CEO of Logica Mobile Networks, and Investment & Underwriting.

Mitsui & Co. has teamed with Green Gas International to jointly develop global green energy projects that would collect methane from landfills and subsequently use it for electricity generation. No financial terms were disclosed.

NPC International Inc., a Lenexa, Kan.-based franchisee and operator of Pizza Hut franchises, has agreed to acquire 59 additional Pizza Hut units located primarily in Idaho and the Spokane Valley for $27.1 million. The sellers are Pizza Hut of Idaho, Rocky Mountain Pizza Huts, Northwest Restaurant Group and Northern Idaho Pizza Huts. NPC was acquired last year by Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.

Providence Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in Dutch and Flemish DTH satellite TV operators CanaalDigitaal and TV Vlaanderen. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is still subject to Dutch regulatory approval.

Reed Elsevier has retained UBS to help sell its Harcourt Education division by the second half of this year. It is not yet in talks with any specific buyers.

Regal Forest, a portfolio company of Actis, has acquired the Caribbean assets of Courts PLC, a retailer of consumer electronics, appliances and furniture. No financial terms were disclosed. Senior leverage was co-arranged by Scotia Capital and RBTT of Trinidad, while Citigroup financed a junior tier.

Select Equity Group, the third-largest institutional shareholder of Laureate Education Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR), said in a letter that a proposed $3.8 billion buyout offer is “grossly inadequate” and is “flawed by clear conflicts of interest.” The former reference is to the $60.50 per share offer, while the latter is to the fact that Laureate chairman and CEO Douglas Becker is part of the buying consortium that also includes Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Citigroup Private Equity, S.A.C. Capital Management, SPG Partners, Bregal Investments, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Sterling Capital, Makena Capital, Torreal SA and Southern Cross Capital. Laureate is a Baltimore-based provider of on-campus and online higher education.

Seminole Energy Services LLC, a Tulsa, Okla.-based retail gas marketing company, has raised $55 million in private equity funding from The Stephens Group.

SIG Strategic Investments has acquired substantially all of the assets of U.S. Mills Inc., a Needham, Mass.-based maker of branded cereals and snack foods.

Sindicatum Carbon Capital Ltd., a U.K.-based developer of greenhouse gas abatement projects worldwide, has raised an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Citigroup Venture Capital International and Black River Asset Management (subsidiary of Cargill). No financial terms were disclosed.

SPG Partners has acquired Tasti D-Lite, a New York-based maker of frozen dairy deserts. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which also included participation by Tom Lee. In related news, SPG operating partner James Amos will serve as Tasti D-Lite CEO.

Station Casinos Inc. (NYSE: STN) has accepted a received a $90 per share buyout offer that would be worth approximately $5.4 billion ($3.4 billion in assumed debt), from Colony Capital and company CEO Frank Fertitta. The original offer was just $82 per share. The deal is expected to close later this year, pending shareholder approval.

Steel Partners has agreed to acquire Bairnco Corp. (NYSE: BZ) for $13.50 per share. Bairnco is a Lake Mary, Fla.-based multinational that operates two distinct businesses — Arlon (electronic materials and coated materials segments) and Kasco (replacement products and services segment).

The Stephens Group has sponsored a partial recapitalization of Spitzer Industries Inc., a Houston, Texas–based custom fabricator for oil and gas production equipment, structural weldment fabrication and ASME Code pressure vessel fabrication. No financial terms were disclosed.

Stirling Square Capital Partners and Diamond Castle Holdings have agreed to acquire Public Safety Equipment, an international provider of highway safety solutions, from Seton House Acquisition Ltd. (f.k.a. Britax Group). No financial terms were disclosed.

Sun European Partners has acquired Manoir Industries, a France–based designer and manufacturer of specialty metal components and assemblies, from turnaround firm Fin’Active. No financial terms were disclosed.

TA Associates has sponsored a $130 million minority leveraged recap of American Access Care LLC, a Glen Rock, Pa.-based operator of freestanding outpatient vascular access centers dedicated to patients suffering kidney failure. AAC was advised on the deal by RSM EquiCo Capital Markets.

ThermaSource, a Santa Rosa, Calif.-based provider of drilling, engineering and consulting services to the geothermal energy sector, has raised an undisclosed amount of growth capital from U.S. Renewables Group, Riverstone Holdings and The Carlyle Group.

Towne Holdings Inc., a South Bend, Ind.-based logistics and freight services company, has acquired Complete Transport, a St. Louis-based regional provider of pick-up and delivery and airport-to-airport trucking for the air cargo industry. No financial terms were disclosed. Towne Holdings is a portfolio company of Charterhouse Group.

Veritas Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Pearson Government Solutions (PGS) from Pearson PLC for $600 million. Pearson retained a minority interest in PGS (to be renamed Vangent), an Arlington, Va.-based provider of information and benefits solutions to national and local governments, education institutions and corporations. PGS will be renamed early next year.

Wachovia Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Integrated Broadband Services LLC, a Kennesaw, Ga.-based provider of operational support software and back office services for cable and broadband operators. No financial terms were disclosed.

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) said that it is in final negotiation to sell its Canadian wholesale building products distribution centers to Platinum Equity. The deal is expected to close next quarter.

Wynnchurch Capital Partners and Oak Hill Special Opportunities Fund have completed their acquisition of traffic control business Highway Technologies from United Rentals Inc. (NYSE: URI). No financial terms were disclosed. Highway Technologies generates approximately $270 million in revenue, with 44 branch locations and approximately 1,500 employees.