Mid-Week M&A Madness

Here are some potential target ideas, rumored or official, to jumpstart your deal pipeline. Our sources are various news reports and the Buyouts “Seeking Buyers” list.

Carlyle Group hired Goldman Sachs to explore exit options for Arinc Inc., a defense and aviation company, Bloomberg reported.

Card Factory, a UK greeting card company, is for sale and has garnered bids from Permira, Cinven and Summit Partners. (Reuters)

Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc is selling its security consulting business, Kroll, $1.3 billion, according to the FT.  (Reuters)

Forsys Metals Corp, which was looking for strategic options, said it has completed its review and invited a select group of interested parties to submit proposals on funding of its key uranium project. (Reuters)

Blockbuster is seeking a buyer, reported the New York Post. (Editor’s note: please read this story if only for its great scared CEO comment: “Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes told The Post, ‘All your numbers are wrong. They bear no resemblance to any materials we have in the market.'”

RBS is seeking to sell 230 UK branches. Allied Irish Banks is also seeking buyers for its UK arm. (Crains)

Yorkville Advisors, a lender which has picked up a number of companies as they defaulted last year, seeks to unload them. (Reuters)

Chinese real estate developers are seeking private equity money. (Reuters)

Canadian exploration company Western Copper Corp is looking to sell its Carmacks copper project in Canada’s northern Yukon territory. (Reuters)

Prudential may exit some countries in Asia if it acquires AIG’s AIA for $35.5 billion. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan are four markets Prudential may decide to leave. (Reuters)

Nuance Communications Inc., based in Bangalore and Chicago, has been speculated as a target for Google.

The lender which backed a $14 million acquisition of the domain name www.Sex.com is being foreclosed upon. It’s for sale. (Reuters)

Helix Energy Solutions hired an advisor to help it explore strategic alternatives available for its oil and gas business, according to Oil & Gas Financial Journal.

For prior lists, see below, and send any additions my way.

See all previous M&A lists here.