Exits

Apax Partners and Altamir Amboise are exiting their investments in satellite communications service provider Vizada, selling the company to European aerospace group EADS for $960 million. Vizada was formed in 2007 through various carve-outs and build-ups led by Apax. The company provides mobile satellite communications technology aimed at sectors including maritime, aero, media and government.

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings will acquire New Zealand’s Independent Liquor, Reuters reported, citing the Nikkei Business Daily. Independent Liquor is currently owned by private equity firms Unitas and Pacific Equity Partners. The deal is valued at roughly ¥100 billion ($1.3 billion). Unitas and Pacific Equity Partners acquired Independent Liquor in 2006 for more than $1 billion, Reuters wrote.

The Carlyle Group is planning to sell 250 million shares in China Pacific Insurance for a price tag that could reach as high as $1 billion, Reuters reported, citing sister publication IFR. Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are the joint bookrunners, Reuters said.

The Carlyle Group portfolio company New Century Hotel, a China-focused hotel operator, is planning a $400 million initial public offering, Reuters reported, citing the Wall Street Journal. The hotel group operates 70 hotels across China.

Carlyle Group portfolio company Wesco Aircraft Holdings, an aerospace equipment supplier, has priced its initial public offering at $15 a share, below the previously anticipated range of $15.50-$17.50, Reuters reported. The IPO raises $315 million for the company, giving it a market value of $1.28 billion. Carlyle will hold a 65.5 percent stake after the IPO.

Claridge Group, a Montreal investment firm, has sold Importations DE-RO-MA, which owns Glutino Food Group, to Smart Balance for $66.3 million. Glutino, of Laval, Quebec, makes and markets gluten-free foods sold under the Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry brands. Citigroup Global Markets provided financial advice to Smart Balance.

CVC Capital Partners

portfolio company Sun Hung Kai & Co. is mulling a sale of its SHK Financial unit, a brokerage and wealth management business, Reuters reported. No details were released, though Reuters reported that the company had held “informal discussions” with potential buyers. CVC agreed last year to buy up to 19 percent of Sun Hung Kai, paying about $275 million.

DJM Capital Partners said that it has sold Great America Place to Newcastle Partners for $45.8 million. The office campus is a 224,000-square-foot, three-building property located in the Golden Triangle in Silicon Valley.

Dunkin’ Brands has priced its IPO at $19 per share, raising $422.75 million, and began trading on the Nasdaq. The price was above a previously set range of $16 to $18 per share, and gave the Canton, Mass.-based company a market value of more than $2.4 billion, Reuters reported. The company is currently owned by private equity investors Bain Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners.

Lake Charles, La.-based Era Group, a helicopter operator owned by SEACOR Holdings Inc., has filed to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering, Reuters reported. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank will underwrite the offering.

The Swedish buyout shop EQT Partners AB plans to sell German vacuum technology specialist Leybold Optics, Reuters reported. The firm has hired BNP Paribas to help find a buyer for the company. EQT bought Leybold in 2001 for about €200 million ($2.8 million), Reuters said.

Fresenius Medical Care is spending a combined $2.09 million to acquire private equity-backed Liberty Dialysis Holdings, and the smaller American Access Care Holdings, Reuters reported. Germany-based Fresenius will pay $1.7 billion for Liberty Dialysis, which is currently controlled by buyout firms KRG Capital Partners and Bain Capital. The deal includes about $1 billion in assumed debt. American Access Care Holdings, which operates 28 vascular access centers for preparing patients for dialysis, sold for $385 million, Reuters wrote.

San Francisco-based Gryphon Investors has completed the sale of its portfolio company Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers. OMERS Private Equity acquired the Chicago-based company, which provides outpatient physical therapy services. Terms of the deal were not released.

Huntsman Gay Global Capital has exited its investment in oilfield maintenance services company Grand Isle Shipyard. NANA Development Corp., based in Anchorage, Alaska, acquired the company. The sale is Huntsman Gay’s first exit since it closed its debut $1.1 billion fund in July 2009. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Japanese aluminium sash maker JS Group Corp. is paying €573 million ($820 million) to buy construction firm Permasteelisa from Cima Claddings, Reuters reported Thursday. Cima Claddings is indirectly controlled by European private equity firms InvestIndustrial and Alpha.

Germany’s Lanxess has ended talks with CVC Capital Partners, after the two could not agree on a price for the firm’s portfolio company Taminco, Reuters reported, citing the Financial Times. Lanxess had reportedly bid roughly $1.43 billion for Taminco, a chemical maker.

Liberty Partners has sold portfolio company SmileCare to Coast Dental Services Inc. Terms were not released. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive adviser to SmileCare. Santa Ana, Calif.-based SmileCare operates 57 dental practices in California, Nevada and Texas.

Lombard Investments has exited its stake in Somboon Advance Technology, a Thailand-based auto parts manufacturer, earning a return of 3.5x its investment, the firm announced. Lombard backed the company in 2004.

Monet Ltd, an investment arm of private equity firm ChrysCapital, has sold about 2.5 percent of its stake in Indian cellular carrier Idea Cellular in a deal valued at $170 million, Reuters reported. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

Animal feed group Nutreco and vitamin maker DSM are mulling a joint bid for Provimi, a French animal feed provider currently owned by the buyout shop Permira, Reuters reported, citing Dutch media reports. Provimi has been valued at as much as €2 billion ($2.8 billion), Reuters said.

One Equity Partners sold portfolio company Vacuumschmelze to strategic acquirer OM Group, the listed chemicals company. The deal for the materials and magnetics company was for €700 million ($1 billion), including $50 million in common stock. The syndication, led by BofA Merrill Lynch, PNC Capital Markets LLC and BNP Paribas, was oversubscribed.

Riverstone Holdings is selling well specialist Titan Group to British oil services firm Hunting in a $775 million deal, Reuters reported. Titan’s products and services are used to drill the horizontal wells that are used to pump oil and gas out of shale rocks, Reuters wrote.

Summit Partners portfolio company M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., an analog chip maker, has filed to raise up to $230 million in an initial public offering. The company is based in Lowell, Mass. Barclays Capital, J.P. Morgan Securities and Jefferies & Co. are lead underwriters to the offering.

Sverica International has sold the assets of portfolio company PsPrint, an online supplier of custom printed promotional products, to Deluxe Corp. MHT Partners acted as exclusive adviser to PsPrint. Terms of the deal were not released.

Tonka Bay Equity Partners, the Minnesota-based private equity firm, is selling The Resort Company, a vacation property rental company in Colorado, to Wyndham Vacation Rentals, part of the listed Wyndham Worldwide Co. Tonka Bay recapped the company in September 2007.

Publicly traded Web.com is paying $405 million in cash for Network Solutions, a provider of Web site services, online marketing and global domain name registration. Under the terms of the deal, Web.com will also issue 18 million shares of Web.com common stock, in addition to refinancing existing net debt of Network Solutions and paying certain fees. Network Solutions is currently majority owned by buyout shop General Atlantic.

Wexford Capital has agreed to sell Great White Energy Services to Archer Ltd for $742 million. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Archer is backed by Seadrill Ltd and Lime Rock Partners. Great White provides a range of energy-focused services including coil tubing and snubbing services, directional drilling, and pressure pumping.

Wind Point Partners will sell its U.S. Security Associates, a contract guard services provider, to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Wind Point had operated the company since 1999; Jim TenBroek, a managing director at WPP, worked on the transaction for the firm.