News and Analysis

Tragus, an Italian restaurant operator owned by The Blackstone Group, has agreed to acquire the Strada pizza chain from Richard Caring. The deal is valued at Gbp140 million, and includes 55 restaurants.
Luvata, a European supplier of fabricated metal solutions and components to the manufacturing and construction industries, has agreed to acquire ECO SpA, a manufacturer of heat-transfer coils and coolers. No financial terms were disclosed. Luvata is a portfolio company of Nordic Capital, while ECO is being sold by Compass Partners and represented by Robert W. […]
LaNetro Zed, a Madrid, Spain-based provider of mobile content and services, is preparing a Euro 800 million bid for Bellevue, Wash-based online and mobile search company InfoSpace Inc. (Nasdaq: INSP), according to Spanish newspaper Negocio. LaNetro received an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Veronis Suhler Stevenson earlier this year. www.lanetrozed.com www.infospace.com
Halyard Education Partners, a platform portfolio company of Halyard Capital, has acquired WorldClass Strategy, a Seattle-based provider of performance-based interactive marketing services to the higher education industry. No financial terms were disclosed. This is HEP's second acquisition in less than a month, as it recently added GoalQuest. www.halyardeducationpartners.com www.worldclassstrategy.com
MonoSol LLC, a Merrillville, Ind.-based developer of water-soluble films, has acquired certain equipment and intellectual property assets of UK-listed Stanelco PLC. No additional details were disclosed. Catterton Partners acquired MonoSol earlier this year from The Bass Group. www.monosol.com
The Riverside Company has agreed to sell PPC Insulators to Seves SpA for an undisclosed amount. PPC is a Vienna, Austria-based manufacturer of high voltage porcelain insulators used in the power generation, transmission and distribution industries. Seves shareholders include Ergon Capital Partners, Vestar Capital Partners, Athena Private Equity and company management. www.riversidecompany.com www.seves.com
Roadlink USA, a Chicago-based logistics portfolio company of Fenway Partners, has acquired Staffworks, a San Clemente, Calif.-based provider of outsourced warehousing and other third-party logistics. This is Roadlink's second acquisition in a month, after previously having acquired Phoenix-based World Super Services Inc. Both deals were partially financed via a $219 million senior secured credit facility […]
The Wall Street Journal today asks if the private equity deal frenzy is nearing its end, and then quotes private equiteers who answer affirmatively. But it neglects to add a colossal qualifier: They don’t mean it. In most cases, it’s just lip service. Like when Red Sox players say that they’re still worried about the Yankees […]
The Qualicaps Group, a maker of empty gelatin and non-gelatin capsules and capsule filling equipment, has acquired two companies: Pharmaphil Inc. and Technophar Equipment & Service Ltd. To finance the acquisitions, Qualicaps owner The Carlyle Group has injected additional equity and executed a debt refinancing. No specific financial terms were disclosed. www.qualicaps.com
Standard Aero Inc., a Winnipeg, Canada-based provider of repair services at airport terminals, has agreed to acquire TSS Aviation Inc. for approximately $65 million. Standard Aero is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, but is in the process of being sold to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise for $1.03 billion. www.standardaero.com www.carlyle.com
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