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Spot Runner Inc., a Los Angeles-based Internet ad agency for local businesses, has acquired Weblistic, a provider of online marketing solutions for local businesses. No pricing terms of the all-stock deal were disclosed.   Spot Runner has raised over $70 million in VC funding since 2005, from Battery Ventures, Index Ventures, WPP, CBS Corp., Interpublic […]
Czech web portals and will merge under Czech Internet firm NetCentrum, which is majority-owned by US private equity group Warburg Pincus, NetCentrum said in a release confirming recent media reports. In December, Warburg Pincus acquired NetCentrum, which runs, the country's second-largest portal, while media have recently reported that the US group was […]
Veritext, a court reporting firm owned by The Riverside Company, has acquired Staten Island-based Priority One Court Reporting Services Inc. No financial terms were disclosed.   PRESS RELEASE Veritext, a platform company owned by The Riverside Company and among the largest court-reporting firms in the United States, has sworn-in Priority One Court Reporting Services, Inc. […]
Vitamin Shoppe, a North Bergen, N.J.-based retailer and direct marketer of vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements, has agreed to acquire five Nutrition Depot retail locations in Florida's Broward and Palm Beach Counties. It will convert each of them into Vitamin Shoppe stores. No financial terms were disclosed. Vitamin Shoppe has been owned by Bear Stearns Merchant […]
Nuprecon, a Snoqualmie, Wash.-based demolition contractor owned by Evergreen Pacific Partners, has merged with fellow demolition contractor CRS Environmental, which is based in Brea, California. No financial terms were disclosed. Evergreen Pacific provided equity for the deal, while debt was provided by Banc of America Capital Solutions, Prudential Capital Group and Prudential Capital Partners. Houlihan […]
NCO Group Inc., a Horsham, Penn.
PlayCore Inc., a playground equipment maker owned by Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, has acquired Robertson Industries Inc., a maker of surfacing building products. No financial terms were disclosed.   PRESS RELEASE PlayCore, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of playground equipment and related play products, is pleased to announce that […]
Realogy Corp., a global provider of real estate and relocation services, has acquired a minority stake in Century 21 China Real Estate, an independetly-owned company that serves as the master franchisor for Realogy's Century 21 brand in China. No financial terms were disclosed. Apollo Management bought Realogy last year in a take-private buyout worth approximately […]
Netsmart Technologies Inc., a Great River, N.Y.-based provider of enterprise-wide software and services for health and human services organizations, has acquired the Therapist Helper product suite and operations from a subsidiary of Nightingale Informatix Corp. (TSX-V: NGH). The deal is valued at $12.3 million.   Therapist Helper provides practice management software and clinical systems for […]
iSoftStone Information Service Corp., a Beijing-based provider of IT consulting and software services, has agreed to acquire Akona Consulting, a Seattle-based business and technology consultancy. No financial terms were disclosed. iSoftStone has raised VC funding from AsiaVest Partners, Infotech Ventures, Mitsui & Co. and Fidelity Asia Ventures.   PRESS RELEASE   Today iSoftStone Information Service […]

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