Private Exits

Aleris International Inc. has agreed to sell its US Zinc business to affiliates of Votorantim Metais Ltd. for $295 million. Aleris is a Beachwood, Ohio-based metals company taken private late last year by TPG Capital.

Brazos Private Equity Partners has agreed to sell ORS Nasco Inc. to United Stationers Supply Co. (Nasdaq: USTR) for approximately $180 million in cash. ORS Nasco is a Muskogee, Okla.-based wholesale distributor of branded and private-label products and services to industrial customers. It was acquired by Brazos in December 2005.

The Carlyle Group has sold Hispanic Teleservices Corp. to Teleperformance (Paris: ROCH) for an undisclosed amount. HTP is a Mexico-based provider of customized bilingual call center services to companies serving their Hispanic customers in the U.S. It is the first exit for Carlyle’s Mexican buyout team, which acquired HTC in December 2005.

Charlesbank Capital Partners has agreed to sell IT staffing firm Technisource to Spherion Corp. (NYSE: SFN). The deal is valued at $140 million, including $120 million in cash and a $20 million note.

Denham Capital Management has put Trinity Coal Partners LLC on the auction block, according to The Coal & Energy Price Report. Citigroup is running the auction.

Middleby Corp. (Nasdaq: MIDD) has agreed to acquire New Star Holdings International Inc. from Weston Presidio and Beechtree Capital Partners. The deal is valued at $188 million, and is expected to close next month. New Star is a St. Louis-based manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment and is being advised on the transaction by Harris Williams & Co.

Nogales Investors has agreed to sell Southern California retailer Chick’s Sporting Goods to Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE: DKS). The deal is valued at approximately $71 million, including $40 million in cash and $31 million in assumed debt. It is expected to close later this year.

Permira has agreed to sell Aearo Technologies Inc., an Indianapolis-based manufacturer of personal protective equipment and energy-absorbing products, to 3M for $1.2 billion. Aearo earlier this year agreed to a leveraged recap that included a senior secured first-lien facility and a senior secured second-lien facility worth a combined $735 million. Lenders included Bank of America, Bear, Stearns & Co. and Deutsche Bank.

Summit Partners has completed its sale of Dutch enterprise security software vendor SafeBoot NV to McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE) for $350 million in cash. Summit acquired a majority stake in SafeBoot two years ago from ABN Amro Capital for $47 million. TA Associates has completed its sale of Alere Medical Inc., a Reno, Nev.-based provider of disease management services to group health plans, to Inverness Medical Innovations (AMEX: IMA). The deal was valued at $302 million, including $125 million in cash and $177 million in Inverness common stock. It came just six months after TA acquired Alere for $175 million from a syndicate of venture capital firms.