News and Analysis

Anodyne Health, a provider of business intelligence and revenue cycle software to healthcare providers, has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based Piedmont Healthcare Management Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Anodyne has raised VC funding from such firms as Brooke Private Equity Advisors, Frontier Capital and the Small Enterprise Growth Fund.
Reviving an old feature that had fallen by the wayside… The What Industrial Equity Investments Ltd., an Ireland-based global investment firm owned by Permira, last week completed its $2.4 billion buyout of Arysta LifeScience, a Tokyo-based agrochemicals company. Permira provided all of the equity, while debt came from JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers, Bayerische Hypo- Und Vereinsbank […]
The buyouts market is actively courting a massive contradiction: One the one hand, you have a massive drop in deal volume, which is expected to be prolonged. On the other, you have a massive spike in fundraising, with firms raising their largest-ever funds (regardless of target market). I discussed this with lots of people at […]
Adconion Media Group, a Germany-based online advertising network, has acquired Frontline Direct, a Las Vegas-based provider of data management and direct marketing solutions. The deal is valued at $20 million in cash and stock, with KPMG Corporate Finance serving as advisor to Frontline Direct. Adconion last week announced that it has raised the equivalent of […]
Bain Capital has begun making capital calls for its $19.5 billion buyout of Clear Channel Communications, peHUB has learned. Most Bain limited partners I’ve spoken with today still have not received such notifications, but an individual investor says that he received a request this past Monday (via a feeder fund for individuals). The due date is next Friday, March 14. This may […]
USI Holdings Corp., a Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.�based distributor of insurance and financial services to businesses, has acquired Corporate Planning Systems, a Bellevue, Wash.-based employee benefit insurance brokerage. No financial terms were disclosed, except that the deal is expected to provide USI with approximately $4.5 million in additional annual revenue.   USI is owned by Goldman […]
BSG Alliance Corp., an Austin, Texas-based provider of on-demand enterprise software, has acquired Iconixx Corp., a Houston-based provider of on-demand solutions for global talent management in mid-sized and large enterprises. No financial terms were disclosed. BSG last year raised $20 million in VC funding from Foundation Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Powershift Ventures. Iconixx […]
American Education Group, a private education acquisition platform, has acquired Little Sprouts, a provider of pre-K educational services in the Boston area. No financial terms were disclosed AEG was formed last year via a $40 million funding commitment from private equity firms Chicago Growth Partners and Winona Capital Management. Its initial acquisition was a private […]
Demand Media, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based domain name aggregator and registrar, has acquired Pluck Corp., an Austin, Texas-based provider of social media tools and technologies. No financial terms were disclosed, although TechCrunch pegs the sale price at $75 million in cash. Demand has raised $320 million in total VC funding since March 2006, from firms […]
This afternoon I’ll be moderating The Great Debates, here at Buyouts East in New York. Participants will include: Stephen Lerner of SEIU, Bob Stewart of the PE Council, Terrance Mullin of Arsenal Capital Partners and Prof. Vic Fleischer of the University of Illinois. We did the first installment of this last spring, with me moderating […]

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