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.

BioSyntech, Inc., a biotechnology company, retained PricewaterhouseCoopers to advise it with on a formal review of strategic alternatives including, but not limited to, a commercial partnership involving its cartilage repair device BST-CarGel® or a corporate sale of the Company.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Milwaukee beer brewer, has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to shop itself to potential buyers, the New York Post reported. The company expects around $300 million in deal value.

Opti Canada, a Calgary-based energy company which is a minority partner in the Long Lake project in northern Alberta, said it was considering selling itself.

Smart Balance, the publicly traded maker of butter substitutes, raised new debt to pay off its old debt, saying the new capital structure “enables us to consider strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value in the years ahead.” The company did not say whether those alternatives include a sale of the company.

AT&T is seeking a buyer for some Louisiana assets.

USEC Inc., a nuclear-fuel enrichment company, retained a financial advisor to help it explore strategic alternatives to help it address Department of Energy concerns in a updated loan guarantee application.

Ceres Agriculture fund, an actively-managed pure agriculture fund, announced a review of strategic alternatives, including a restructuring of the company.

National Amusements was seeking a buyer for its minority stake in CBS Corp and its minority stake in Viacom Inc.

CIT Group was seeking a buyer for its Aerospace Leasing Operations.

Devon Energy, a Texas-based energy company, was seeking a buyer for certain Gulf of Mexico offshore oil properties.

FBOP Corp., an Oak Park, Illinois-based bank holding company, was seeking a buyer for the company.

Lloyds continues to seek buyers for Lloyds TSB Scotland, Cheltenham & Gloucester and Intelligent Finance, its online business.

MDS, a Canadian healthcare company, is seeking buyers for its Pharma division.

New York Times Co. continues to seeking a buyer for its 17.75 percent stake in New England Sports Ventures LLC, based in Boston.

Telligenix, an Orlando, Fla.-based provider of employee education services to real estate, investment and entrepreneurship businesses, was seeking a buyer for the company.

Vion Pharmaceuticals, a New Haven, Conn.-based developer of novel agents for the treatment of cancer, was seeking a buyer for the company.

View Prior Lists here.