Midweek 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. For prior lists, see below.

International Baromedical Services, an Atlanta-based group of four non-hospital based Hyperbaric treatment centers, announced it has engaged Triton Value Partners explore strategic initiatives.

Bankrupt Capmark Financial, which may also be seeking buyers for the entire company, engaged advisory firm Urdang to advise it on the sale of two debt investment vehicles.

Corel Corp, a consumer software company based in Toronto, is in play, receiving a big from Vector Capital. The firm already holds 68.2 percent of the company’s shares.

Private equity firms are vying to get on a shortlist of potential buyers for discount retailer Matalan, which could fetch up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.46 billion), Reuters reported.

Amer Sports, a Helsinki, Finland sporting goods company, continues to look at options for divesting Mavic, a bicycle brand.

Poland’s treasury ministry confirmed it was seeking buyers for its 2.5 percent stake in Citigroup’s Polish unit Bank Handlowy BAHA.WA.. (Reuters)

Valero Energy continues to consider selling its Aruba, Delaware City and Paulsboro refineries, but recently denied it was in talks with India’s Reliance Industries for the deal. The company also has no plans to shut its 210,000 barrel per day refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, its CEO said.

Turkish businessman Aydin Dogan, who is fighting the government over $3.9 billion of tax bills, is seeking buyers for stakes in Dogan Yayin Holding AS or sell stakes in its assets, which include television channels, radio stations and newspapers, according to a filing at the Istanbul Stock Exchange late yesterday. (Bloomberg)

Merchant Inns, a UK hospitality business, is seeking buyers for six of its sites.

The sale by Royal DSM of its fertilizer business DM Agro has attracted the interest of UK specialist Yara, but the listed, Dutch chemical group has had to split its rubber business DSM Elastomers in two to entice buyers, sources told mergermarket.

Canext Energy, a Calgary-based energy business, has retained National Bank Financial Inc. to act as its financial advisor to assist in the reviewing of strategic alternatives.

Freewest Resources Canada Inc., a Montreal-based energy business, has been working with CIBC World Markets to evaluate a range of strategic alternatives and has asked shareholders to reject a hostile takeover offer from Noront Resources Ltd. Discussions are underway with third parties in order to bring forward additional value-maximizing alternatives, the company said.

Helicos BioSciences Corp., a Cambridge, Mass.-based genetic sequencing equipment maker, is in “discussions with multiple strategic parties” with investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners. (Mass Device)

International Baromedical Services, an Atlanta-based group of four non-hospital based Hyperbaric treatment centers, announced it has engaged Triton Value Partners explore strategic initiatives.

Bankrupt Capmark Financial, which may also be seeking buyers for the entire company, engaged advisory firm Urdang to advise it on the sale of two debt investment vehicles.

Corel Corp, a consumer software company based in Toronto, is in play, receiving a big from Vector Capital. The firm already holds 68.2 percent of the company’s shares.

Private equity firms are vying to get on a shortlist of potential buyers for discount retailer Matalan, which could fetch up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.46 billion), Reuters reported. (Reuters)

South Korea plans to sell a minority stake in third-ranked banking group Woori Finance Holdings in a block trade next month, Yonhap reported, in a deal that could ring in about $800 million and trigger more consolidation across the sector. (Reuters)

Blackstone Group plans to UK float theme park operator Merlin Entertainments next year, according to news reports.

Hellman & Friedman will list fund management firm Gartmore, as early as the end of the year, Reuters reported.

Gala Coral, a British gaming company, expects to undergo restructuring in the coming months, Reuters reported.

Blackstone-backed Kosmos Energy is talking to buyers about selling the company’s stake in the huge Jubilee oilfield. BP has been interested in the asset.

View Prior Lists here.