Reuters – Blackstone, Lion Capital to bid for GSK’s Lucozade, Ribena

Private equity firms Blackstone and Lion Capital have teamed up to make a formal bid worth more than a billion pounds for Lucozade and Ribena, the two soft drink brands put up for sale by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, Sky News reported on Sunday, writes Reuters. Last month, GSK said it had appointed JPMorgan and Greenhill to advise it on the sale.

Reuters – Montagu Sells GHD to Lion Capital

Montagu Private Equity has sold the ghd hair styling brand to Lion Capital, with two sources close to the deal putting the purchase price at nearly 300 million pounds ($475.10 million), writes Reuters. The private equity groups released a joint statement announcing the transaction but did not disclose the terms.

CIT Provides Financing to John Varvatos Enterprises

Publicly traded financial lender CIT Group is providing a senior secured asset-based credit facility to retailer John Varvatos Enterprises in conjunction with the company’s acquisition by private equity firm Lion Capital. PRESS RELEASE: CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT – News) cit.com, a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies, today announced […]

Lion Capital to Acquire European Optical Retailer from Bridgepoint, Apax and Altamir Amboise

Lion Capital is to acquire European optical retailer Alain Afflelou from funds managed by Bridgepoint and Apax Partners France and Altamir Amboise in a secondary buyout transaction. Founded in France in 1972, Alain Afflelou is a European optical franchisor with a network of nearly 1,100 optical retail stores across France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, […]

Justice Holdings Makes Move for Weetabix

Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen’s Justice Holdings may make a 1 billion pound ($1.65 billion) offer for breakfast cereal company Weetabix, Reuters reported, citing a story in the Sunday Times. UK-based Weetabix is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, which bought it for 642 million pounds in 2003, Reuters wrote.

PE-backed Findus Mulls Fundraising

Findus, a food group owned by buyout firm Lion Capital, has approached its lending syndicate of banks to discuss funding expanding the business, Reuters reported. Findus did not say how much would raise, although the Sunday Telegraph newspaper previously reported it was looking to raise a 1 billion pound ($1.64 billion) acquisition war chest, Reuters said. Lion Capital bought Findus in 2008.

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Exclusive: Embattled American Apparel Is Exploring a Sale

American Apparel (AMEX: APP) is working with advisor Rothschild to help it explore a potential sale, as the company contends with a falling stock price and the threat of bankruptcy, three sources familiar with the matter told peHUB. American Apparel CEO Dov Charney did not respond to a request for comment. Two of the sources […]

Duke Street Buys Wagamama Noodle Chain

London-based private equity firm Duke Street will pay roughly 215 million pounds ($349 million) for Japanese noodle chain Wagamama, buying the company from rival buyout shop Lion Capital, Reuters reported. Lion Capital took a majority stake in Wagamama in a 2005 deal valued at 102.5 million pounds.

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