Hasbro has game for Cranium
(NYSE: HAS) has agreed to buy Cranium Inc., a Seattle-based maker of branded board games and toys. The deal is valued at $77.5 million, and is expected to close later this quarter. Cranium had raised about $36 million in VC funding from such firms as Maveron, TPG Ventures, Peterson Partners, Quad City Ventures and Rayclif Capital.
Monster buys Affinity Labs
Monster Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: MNST) has acquired Affinity Labs Inc., a South San Francisco-based operator of online professional and vocational communities, such as PoliceLink.com and TheApple.com. The deal was valued at $61 million in cash, with Goldman Sachs advising Monster. Affinity Labs had raised a $6.25 million Series A round in late 2006 from Mayfield Fund and Trinity Ventures.
Allot acquires New Zealand’s Esphion
Allot Communications Ltd.
(Nasdaq: ALLT) has agreed to acquire Esphion Ltd., a New Zealand-based provider of network protection solutions for carriers and Internet service providers. The deal includes a $3.5 million upfront cash payment, and $2 million in possible milestone payments. Esphion had raised VC funding from such firms as Direct Capital Private Equity, No. 8 Ventures Management and New Zealand Seed Fund Management.
Nokia dials up Apertio
Nokia Siemens Networks
has agreed to acquire Apertio Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of open real-time subscriber data platforms and applications for telecom operators. The deal is valued at about $140 million, and is expected to close later this quarter. Apertio has raised about $46 million in VC funding from such firms as Add Partners, Eden Ventures, Motorola Ventures, Deutsche Venture Capital and T-Venture.
BPL buys Serveron
BPL Global Ltd.
, a Pittsburgh–based smart grid technology company, has acquired Serveron Corp., a Hillsboro, Ore.-based provider of technology and services to monitor electric utility assets. No financial terms were disclosed. Serveron has raised about $48 million in VC funding since 1999 from such firms as Perseus, Siemens Venture Capital, El Dorado Ventures, Nth Power, Cascadia Pacific Management, Oregon Life Sciences and Ventures West. Both Perseus and Siemens will take BPL board seats, as part of the sale agreement. BPL raised a $26 million Series C round last year from Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Novitas Capital.
Allscripts scoops up health care provider ECIN
(Nasdaq: MDRX) has acquired Extended Care Information Network, a Chicago-based provider of hospital care management and discharge planning software. The deal was valued at about $90 million in cash. ECIN had raised about $28.5 million in VC funding from such firms as Chicago Growth Partners, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Gamma Investors, The Edgewater Funds and Saints Ventures.
Onaro sells for $120M
(Nasdaq: NTAP) has agreed to acquire Onaro Inc., a Boston-based provider of enterprise storage software. No financial terms were disclosed, but TechCrunch reported that the company sold for $120 million. Onaro has raised about $10 million in VC funding from Newbury Ventures and Cedar Fund.
WuXi pays $150M for AppTec
(NYSE: WX), a Chinese provider of pharma outsourcing services, has agreed to acquire AppTec Laboratory Services Inc., a St. Paul, Minn.-based provider of lab testing services. The deal is valued at about $151 million, plus the assumption of $11.7 million in AppTec debt. AppTec has raised about $38 million in VC funding since 2001 from such firms as Affinity Capital Management, Brightstone Capital, NewSpring Capital and Thomas, McNerney & Partners.