NEW DEAL NEWS we 5/8/05

Prelude Trust has invested a further £613,000 in investee company Polatis Limited.

Quester has made an additional investment of $1.7m in Celona Technologies.

The Carlyle Group and Eurazeo have announced that an agreement has been signed for the sale of Terreal to LBO France for an enterprise value of €860m.

3i and Amadeus Capital Partners have co-led a $7.75m Series A round financing in Nujira Ltd, a Cambridge based company developing advanced power amplifier technology for the wireless industry.

Lucid, a developer of a Parallel Chip for 3D Graphics Acceleration, has completed its first financing round raising $4m in a deal led by Giza Venture Capital & Genesis Partners.

Advent International has acquired Dufa, Romania’s largest decorative paints producer, from existing Romanian and German shareholders in a €15m transaction.

Eurazeo has completed the acquisition of Financière Galaxie SAS from Duke Street Capital, other investors and the company’s management.

HgCapital has invested in Sorne Wind Limited, its second wind farm investment in less than a year following its acquisition of the Tir Mostyn wind farm in North Wales in December 2004.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund has made a third loan to Labfacility, a UK manufacturer of temperature sensors.

The management of Oldham-based Ultimate Products Limited, a supplier of homeware, kitchen and electrical products to major retailers, has been backed by private equity firm LDC in a £25m buyout.

Woolworths is reported to have sold MVC, its music and DVD chain, to a group of private equity investors for £5.5m.

Oxford Immunotec has secured £7m later stage funding round lead by Prelude alongside Quester, The Dow Chemical Company and Top Technology Ventures.

BA Capital Partners Europe, the European private equity arm of Bank of America, has acquired a majority of the shares in GCE Holding AB, the parent company of the Gas Control Equipment Group from the European private equity firm Triton.

Pivotal Laboratories has been bought from its founder and investors by its management team for a seven-figure sum in a deal backed by Northern Venture Managers and HSBC.

Segulah III has acquired Skanska Prefab Mark from Skanska.

Apax Partners has agreed to acquire a majority shareholding in Panrico SA from the Costafreda Family, La Caixa and other minority shareholders.

Kleinwort Capital has bought four care homes of Abbott Healthcare plc in a £37m deal.

German venture capital company Hannover Finanz Gruppe is reported to have bought Runners Point, a chain of footwear stores from the German retail and mail order company KarstadtQuelle.