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.

Petroplus Holdings AG, an independent refiner based in Europe, is evaluating strategic alternatives at its Reichstett Refinery.

Infratek ASA, a Norwegian electrical contractor, hired Carnegie ASA to advise it on the exploration of strategic alternatives.

Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., a Nasdaq-traded bank based in Wisconsin, hired Sandler O’Neill Partners to advise it on the exploration of strategic alternatives.

AOL is deciding on an exit strategy for Bebo, a social networking service it acquired for $850 million two years ago. The company will either sell or close the company.

AOL is also selling ICQ, an instant messaging service reportedly worth $300 million. Three companies have submitted binding offers for the company.

Bronco Energy, based in Calgary, Alberta, appointed a committee of independent directors to explore strategic alternatives for the company in March.

Spark Networks, an online personals services company based in Beverly Hills, Calif., continues to explore strategic alternatives.

Petroflow Energy, a publicly traded energy company based in Denver, will explore strategic alternatives with the help of Kinetic Advisors.

Apax Partners told its investors it plans to exit 10 of its investments this year, including SMART Technologies, a Canadian technology company, and Bezeq, an Israeli telecoms group, mergermarket reported.

TPG is gunning for Zale’s Corp. alongside Sun Capital and Golden Gate. The struggling jewelry retailer is in talks with three finalists for an investment. (Reuters)

Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are for sale but lenders have asked the court to block the sale. (Reuters)

Anglo American, a zinc business based in London, is nearing a sale of itself which could fetch $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion.

Wipro Inc., an Indian outsourcing company, is exiting its babycare and vegetable oil businesses.

Chilean junior mining company Exeter Resource Corp. is talking to potential investors, Reuters reported, while noting that the company’s general counsel denied the news.

Polymer Group, a materials company owned by MatlinPatterson, is on the block with Blackstone Group as its advisor, Reuters reported.  Interested parties have mainly consisted of private equity firms.

Lone Star is in the process of selling its controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank, worth $4 billion. Credit Suisse is managing the process.

Midweek M&A Madness

Petroplus Holdings AG, an independent refiner based in Europe, is evaluating strategic alternatives at its Reichstett Refinery.

Infratek ASA, a Norwegian electrical contractor, hired Carnegie ASA to advise it on the exploration of strategic alternatives.

Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc., a Nasdaq-traded bank based in Wisconsin, hired Sandler O’Neill Partners to advise it on the exploration of strategic alternatives.

AOL is deciding on an exit strategy for Bebo, a social networking service it acquired for $850 million two years ago. The company will either sell or close the company.

AOL is also selling ICQ, an instant messaging service reportedly worth $300 million. Three companies have submitted binding offers for the company.

Bronco Energy, based in Calgary, Alberta, appointed a committee of independent directors to explore strategic alternatives for the company in March.

Spark Networks, an online personals services company based in Beverly Hills, Calif., continues to explore strategic alternatives.

Petroflow Energy, a publicly traded energy company based in Denver, will explore strategic alternatives with the help of Kinetic Advisors.

Apax Partners told its investors it plans to exit 10 of its investments this year, including SMART Technologies, a Canadian technology company, and Bezeq, an Israeli telecoms group, mergermarket reported.

TPG is gunning for Zale’s Corp. alongside Sun Capital and Golden Gate. The struggling jewelry retailer is in talks with three finalists for an investment. (Reuters)

Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are for sale but lenders have asked the court to block the sale. (Reuters)

Anglo American, a zinc business based in London, is nearing a sale of itself which could fetch $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion.

Wipro Inc., an Indian outsourcing company, is exiting its babycare and vegetable oil businesses.

Chilean junior mining company Exeter Resource Corp. is talking to potential investors, Reuters reported, while noting that the company’s general counsel denied the news.

Polymer Group, a materials company owned by MatlinPatterson, is on the block with Blackstone Group as its advisor, Reuters reported.  Interested parties have mainly consisted of private equity firms.

Lone Star is in the process of selling its controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank, worth $4 billion. Credit Suisse is managing the process.

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

See all previous M&A lists here.