peHUB Wire: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top Three

HCA, a hospital chain owned by Bain Capital and KKR, is prepping an IPO that could raise upwards of $3 billion.

Telecorps, a provider of entertainment production and post-production equipment rental and related services, has acquired postproduction facility Laser-Pacific Media Corp. from Eastman Kodak. No financial terms were disclosed. Telecorps is a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital.

Toby Coppel has joined Virgin Green Fund as a London-based partner. He is a former senior executive for Yahoo, whose roles included chief strategy officer and managing director of Yahoo Europe.

VC Deals

Biocartis SA, a Swiss developer of personalized medicine diagnostics, has raised €30 million in Series B funding. Debiopharm Group and and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp. were joined on the round by return backers Aescap, Biovest, Advent Venture Partners and company employees.

Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Ltd., an Indian microfinance company, has raised approximately $26.6 million in new VC funding. Matrix Partners India led the round with a $22.5 million infusion, and was joined by return backers Hivos-Triodos Fonds and (MFI) investor Lok Capital LLC.

Jasper Wireless Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of wireless machine-to-machine data communication, has secured around $21 million of a $25.49 million Series D round, according to a regulatory filing. No new investors were listed. The company previ! ously raised over $45 million from Benchmark Capital, Sequoia Capital,DAG Ventures, AllianceBernstein, Bridgescale Partners, Integral Capital Partners and Crescendo Ventures.

ScienceLogic, a Reston, Va.-based provider of IT operations and cloud monitoring services, has raised $15 million in growth equity funding from New Enterprise Associates.

StorSimple, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based developer of an application-optimization hybrid storage controller, today emerged from stealth mode and announced that it raised $8 million in Series A funding last summer. Backers include Redpoint Ventures and Index Ventures.

Gemvara Inc., a Lexington, Mass.-based operator of an ecommerc! e site for custom jewlery, has raised $5.2 million in Series B funding co-led by existing backers Highland Capital Partners and Canaan Partners.

Karmasphere, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based developer of business analytics software that brings Apache Hadoop to the desktop, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners co-led the round.

Quirky, a company that collaboratively designs consumer products and shares revenue with its online community, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. RRE Ventures led the round, and was joined by Village Ventures, Contour Venture Partners, Lowercase Capital and individual angels.

Chromasun, a San Jose, Calif.-based maker of solar energy systems for the rooftop, has raised $3 million in first-round funding. VKR Holding (Denmark) led the round, and was joined by GoGreen Capital and two unnamed U.S. investors.

Buyouts Deals

Apollo Management has made a bid for fast-food restaurant chain operator CKE Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: CKE), rivaling an existing offer from THL Partners.

Centerbridge Partners has entered the auction for jewelry chain Zale Corp. (NYSE: ZLC), according to The New York Post. The paper also said that fellow bidders Apollo Management and Sun Capital Partners have fallen out of contention, after “low ball” offers.

Crescent Financial Partners has invested $10 million for a minority stake in Prominent Pictures LLC, an independent film production company.

Exponent ! Private Equity has agreed to buy Gorkana, a journalist database for PR pros, according to PaidContent. The deal is valued at under £25 million, with Exponent merging Gorkana with existing portfolio company Durrants.

PE-Backed M&A

EndoChoice Inc., an Atlanta-based provider of GI endoscopy products and services, has acquired Pathworks Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, an Atlanta-based national reference laboratory. No financial terms were disclosed. EndoChoice has raised around $7 million in VC funding from Council Ventures and River Cities Capital Funds.

PE Exits

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) has agreed to acquire Bycast Inc., a Vancouver-based developer of object-based storage software. No pricing terms were disclosed for the all-cash deal. Bycast shareholders include BDC Venture Capital and GrowthWorks.

Human Resources

Robert Essner, former CEO of pharmaceutical company Wyeth, has joined The Carlyle Group as a senior advisor to its global healthcare group.

A.G. Lafley. former CEO of Procter & Gamble, has joined Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as a special partner.

Donald Miller and Ben Thorndike have joined Huntsman Gay Global Capital as an operating partner and head of investor relations, respectively. Miller has spent time with both Gryphon Investors and Industrial Growth Partners, while Thorndike previously was a director or IR with Bain Capital.

Veronis Suhler Stevenson has promoted Jack Hartfelder to head of investor relations.! He joined the firm in 2001 and succeeds Jim Rutherford, who recently joined 3i Group.

Jason Van Dussen has joined Golub Capital as a managing director in the firm’s capital markets group. He previously was a managing director and head of loan sales for CIT.

Ted Yun has joined Moelis Capital Partners, the private equity unit of Moelis & Co., as a managing partner. He most recently was a founder of managing partner of West Hill Partners. He also has been with DLJ Merchant Banking and J.W. Childs.