Advent International has agreed to acquire women’s clothing retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: CHIC). The deal is valued at $17.50 per share, for a total transaction value of approximately $380 million. Charlotte Russe hadreceived an earlier buyout offer from KarpReilly Capital Partners, which at the time held an 8.6 percent ownership stake.
Ancor Capital Partners has acquired Spencer N. Enterprises Inc., an El Monte, Calif.-based maker of soft home decor products. No financial terms were disclosed.
Apollo Management has dropped plans for an annex fund due to limited partner opposition, according to The Financial Times.
Camber Corp., a Huntsville, Ala.-based provider of IT, engineering and training services to federal government agencies like the Department of Defense , has acquired i2S Inc., a Columbia, Md.-based intelligence analysis and solutions firm. No financial terms were disclosed. Camber Corp. is a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital.
Canpages Inc., a Canadian local search and directories publisher, has agreed to acquire GigPark.com, an online social media platform. No financial terms were disclosed for the acquisition, which was Canpages’ fourth this year. Canpages is owned by HM Capital Partners.
Change Capital Partners has agreed to acquire Hallhuber GmbH, a German maker of women’s clothing and accessories, from Italy’s Stefanel. The deal includes a €25 million ($35.6 million) up-front payment and a possible €4 million earn-out.
Church’s Chicken, an Atlanta-based quick-service restaurant chain, has acquired 23 former Mrs. Winner’s locations from Famous Recipe Company. No financial terms were disclosed. Friedman Fleischer & Lowe bought Church’s Chicken last month from Arcapita for between $300 million and $390 million.
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has agreed to invest $250 million into NCI Building Systems Inc. (NYSE: NCS), a maker of metal building components and systems. The investment would be in the form of convertible participating preferred shares, with CD&R to hold a 72 percent ownership stake on an as-converted, pro-forma basis.
CVC Capital Partners has lined up financing for its bid on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Central and Eastern European assets, although the brewer has yet to formally accept the offer. CVC reportedly bid around €1.4 billion, including €700 million of debt. AB InBev had been seeking bids closer to €2 billion. CVC Capital Partners is also leading an offer to acquire National Express (LSE: NEX), Britain’s debt-laden bus and rail operator. The bid is worth approximately £600 million ($969 million), and also includes Spain’s Cosmen family, which is National Express’ main shareholder with an 18.6 percent stake. Additionally, CVC Capital Partners is in non-exclusive talks to buy over a 90 percent stake in Austria-based Constantia Packaging for around €510 million.
EBay has agreed to sell a 65 percent stake in Internet calling company Skype to a group of private investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Silver Lake and the Canada Pension Plan. The deal values Skype at $2.75 billion.
Fastech Investment Group, a portfolio company of NewSpring Capital, has agreed to acquire Transcend Communications, a Minneapolis-based reseller and integrator of Internet protocol telephony, network & video solutions. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close by month’s end.
FleetCor, a Norcross, Ga.-based provider of branded fuel cards, has acquired the U.K. and Ireland fuel card businesses of Retail Decision. No financial terms were disclosed. FleetCor shareholders include Summit Partners, Advantage Capital, Advent International, Nautic Partners, HarbourVest Partners and Performance Equity Management.
Focus DIY, a U.K. home improvement retailer owned by Cerberus Capital Management, said that its creditors have approved a restructuring plan that involves reducing the company’s real estate exposure.
GenNx360 Capital Partners has acquired Clariant Corp.‘s specialty silicones business, which has been renamed SiVance LLC. No financial terms were disclosed.
Global Learning, a Cary, N.C.-based provider of IT and business training, has agreed to acquire Nexient Learning, a Canadian corporate training and talent development company. Global Learning is a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
Golden Gate Capital and Infor have completed their take-private acquisition of SoftBrands Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of enterprise software to the manufacturing and hospitality markets. The deal was valued at approximately $80 million, or 92 cents per share. Wells Fargo Foothill, an existing SoftBrands lender, provided leveraged financing.
Graham Packaging, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group, has acquired a minority stake in PPI Blowpack Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai-based container manufacturer. No financial terms were disclosed. Graham recently agreed to go public via a $3.2 billion reverse merger with Hicks Acquisition Co., a SPAC managed by Tom Hicks.
Guaranty Financial (NYSE: GFG) has received a buyout bid from a consortium that includes The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Oak Hill Capital, TPG Capital and former Golden State Bancorp CEO Gerald Ford.
Healthland, a provider of healthcare information products for small community and critical access hospitals, has acquired American Healthnet, an Omaha, Neb.-basedprovider of healthcare information systems for hospitals. No financial terms were disclosed. Healthland is a portfolio company of Francisco Partners.
Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) has acquired the assets of Automoti Group Inc., an online marketplace for consumers to directly purchase used cars. No financial terms were disclosed. Hertz was acquired in a 2005 buyout by The Carlyle Group, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. The firms still hold a majority stake.
Huntsman Gay Global Capital has acquired a majority stake in Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., an oilfield contractor in the Gulf Coast region. No financial terms were disclosed.
JC Flowers & Co. is in talks to sell investment bank Fox-Pitt Kelton Cochran Caronia Waller to Australia’s Macquarie Group, according to Wall Street Journal’s Deal Journal blog. The deal could be worth upwards of $150 million, which is twice what JC Flowers paid in 2006 to buy Fox-Pitt from Swiss Re.
J.F. Lehman & Co. has completed its acquisition of marine services business Drew Marine from Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH). The deal was valued at approximately $120 million. An earlier LBO Wire report said that the transaction would include more than $70 million in debt financing, with CIT Group and BNP Paribas arranging senior debt, and Babson Capital arranging around $20 million in mezzanine notes.
JLL Partners and Warburg Pincus have proposed a plan to recapitalize residential construction company Builders FirstSource Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDR), in which they hold a combined 49.9 percent stake. The deal would include Builders FirstSource conducting a $75 million rights offering at $2 per share, plus a debt-for-equity swap.
Kirtland Capital Partners has acquired Northwest Mailing Service Inc., a Chicago-based direct mail marketing company. No financial terms were disclosed. Kirtland will use Northwest as an acquisition platform.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is in talks with Japanese trading firm Itochu about making a bid for Bellsystem24, a Japanese telemarketer owned by Citigroup. The deal is expected to be worth approximately $1.5 billion, with Permira also expected to bid.
Lonza, a Swiss pharma industry supplier, has offered to buy Canadian drugmaker Patheon (TSX: PTI) for $460 million, or $3.55 per share. The offer is substantially higher than an existing $2 per share bid from JLL Partners, which has been building its stake in Patheon since originally bidding last December.
Milacron Inc., a plastics processing and industrial fluids company, has exited bankruptcy protection with a new group of investors that includes Avenue Capital Group and DDJ Capital Management. It also has secured a new revolving credit facility led by Wells Fargo Foothill Capital. Prior to entering bankruptcy protection, Milacron had been minority-owned by Bayside Capital, an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.
Montagu Private Equity has entered exclusive talks to buy ADB Airfield Solutions from Siemens AG. ADB makes airport runway lighting, signage and other related products. Bank of Ireland and WestLB reportedly would finance Montagu’s acquisition.
National Express (LSE: NEX), Britain’s debt-laden bus and rail operator, has rejected a £600 million buyout offer co-led by CVC Capital Partners and its main shareholder (Spain’s Cosmen family). The company now says that it is focusing on a non-control equity fundraising.
North River Capital has acquired Wayne Manufacturing Corp., a LaOtto, Ind.-based maker of component parts for the transportation industry. No financial terms were disclosed. News of the sale was first reported by the Greater Ft. Wayne Business Weekly.
Nova Capital Management and FF&P Private Equity have agreed to acquire OC Oerlikon‘s China business, which makes coated optical components for the global projection display and other optical component markets. No financial terms were disclosed.
NYSE Euronext has agreed to buy electronic exchange systems provider NYFIX (Nasdaq: NYFX) for approximately $144 million. The $1.675 per share offer represented a roughly 95 percent premium to the previous session’s closing price. Warburg Pincus holds roughly a 38 percent stake in NYFIX, based on a $75 million investment it made back in 2006.
One Equity Partners has agreed to invest $75 million into ArthroCare Corp. (OTC BB: ARTC), an Austin, Texas-based maker of minimally-invasive surgical products. The investment would be in the form of newly-issued Series A convertible preferred stock, convertible into common stock at $15 per share.
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has agreed to buy a 7.7 percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, bringing its total position to 66 percent. The seller is CTVGlobalmedia.
Ranger Aerospace, a PE-backed aerospace and defense industry acquisition platform, has acquired US Logistics Inc., a government outsourcing contractor specialized in aircraft technical services, tactical vehicle overhauls and repairs, technical staffing and base logistics. No financial terms were disclosed. Ranger Aerospace shareholders include First New England Capital, Argosy Investment Partners and Plexus Capital.
RenewData, an Austin, Texas-based provider of discovery, archiving and governance solutionsfor electronically-stored information, has acquired Digital Mandate, a provider of discovery lifecycle management solutions. The acquisition was supported by new equity from existing RenewData shareholders ABS Capital Partners and CIBC Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, but VentureWire puts the investment at $6 million.
Richardson Foods Inc., a maker of branded confectionery products, has acquired Bogdon Candy Co. from the Dynamics Confections Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Richardson Foods is a portfolio company of Founders Equity, while Dynamic Confections is a portfolio company of Dolphin Capital Group.
Select Comfort Corp. (Nasdaq: SCSS) shareholders narrowly rejected a deal in which Sterling Partners would have invested $35 million for a 52.5 percent equity position.
Silverfleet Capital has completed its acquisition of German sausage casings maker Kalle Nalo from Montagu Private Equity, for €212.5 million.
SMART Business Advisory & Consulting, a business advisory firm owned by Great Hill Partners, has agreed to merger with LECG Corp. (Nasdaq: XPERT). The deal includes the issuance of approximately $39.9 million worth of LECG shares, plus a $25 million investment commitment from Great Hill.
Stir Crazy Restaurants, a portfolio company of The Walnut Group, has merged with fellow Asian food restaurant chain FlatTop Grill, owned by Happy Valley Corp. No financial terms were disclosed.
Stream Global Services Inc. (AMEX: OOO) has agreed to merge with the parent company of eTelecare Global Solutions Inc. The stock-for-stock exchange would result in current Stream shareholders owning 57.5 percent of the combined call center company, and eTelecare shareholders holding 42.5 percent. eTelecare was taken private last December by Providence Equity Partners.
Teachscape, a New York-based provider of professional development services for educators, has raised $16 million in Series C funding led by ABS Capital Partners. The company previously raised over $27 million in venture capital funding, from firms like Arcardia Partners, Sprout Group, Intel Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Quad Ventures and McGraw-Hill Ventures.
Tele Columbus, a debt-laden German cable provider, is expected to begin an auction process within the next several weeks. The company could fetch between €400 million and €500 million, with possible bidders to include Kabel Deutchland (owned by Providence Equity Partners) and Versatel (Apax Partners is a major shareholder).
Tenaska Capital Management and Energy Spectrum Partners have formed Frontier Gas Services, a joint venture that will acquire and operate midstream natural gas infrastructure assets. The firms are committing upwards of $250 million, combined.
Towne Holdings Inc., a provider of air cargo ground logistics, has acquired Texas Land and Air. No financial terms were disclosed. Towne Holdings is a portfolio company of Charterhouse Group.
Vogo Fund, a South Korean private equity firm, has agreed to buy a 30.7 percent stake in domestic credit card processing company BC Card Co. Ltd for 194.4 billion won ($155 million). Vogo Fund is in talks with other shareholders to increase its stake to more than 50 percent later this year.
Wincove Capital has acquired GI Plastek Wolfeboro, a Wolfeboro, N.H.-based maker of plastic injection molded products. No financial terms were disclosed.
Wynnchurch Capital has completed its acquisition of bankrupt auto parts supplier Proliance International Inc., for $21.5 million. Leveraged financing was provided by The Private Bank.
York Label, an Omaha, Neb.-based provider of labeling and packaging solutions to the consumer products, pharma and food and beverage segments, said that it has purchased $32 million of its senior and subordinated debt, in partnership with existing sponsor Diamond Castle Holdings.