SAN DIEGO — VitaGen Inc. announced today
that it has completed a first closing of its Series C financing, raising
approximately $14 million from several prominent life science venture funds.
Existing investors JP Morgan Partners, BD Ventures, Merrill Lynch Ventures,
Perseus Biotech Advisors (New York Life), Tullis-Dickerson & Co., Essex
Woodlands Health Ventures, Pacific Horizon Ventures, Paragon Venture Partners
II, Alta Partners, Radius Ventures, Triad Ventures Limited II, and BCM
Technologies were joined by new investors ORBITEX Management, Banc One Venture
Partners, and CDIB U.S. Biotech to close this round. Asante Partners LLC of
New York and Menlo Park, California will continue to assist VitaGen through a
subsequent closing anticipated shortly to complete the Series C financing.
TORONTO — A third round of funding from a group of firms with experience in technology will help Castek Software Factory Inc. advance product development and propel
market access, Castek Chief Financial Officer Fay Wu announced here today.
The $10 million funding, from the Netherlands-based p3 Technology Partners — and Toronto-based CIBC Capital Partners and Altamira Management Ltd. — was completed earlier this
month. The funding marks the first Canadian investment by p3, a Dutch VC fund backed by bank-insurers ING and Achmea, and the third time that Altamira has participated in a Castek
NEW ORLEANS — Turbo Squid Corp., the world’s online digital marketplace, today announced the completion of its first round of funding
led by Advantage Capital Partners. Additional participants include Eastman Kodak Company and Intel Capital. The amount of the investment was $5.1 million. Other terms were not
This round of funding will enable Turbo Squid to advance product engineering of its digital marketplace software, which aggregates and offers ready to use, rich media content to digital
content creators. The funding will also be used to enhance Turbo Squid’s sales and marketing efforts and support their strategic partnership initiatives.
Turbo Squid’s online digital marketplace, which will initially focus on 3D assets and content, allows users to post, price and track the sales of their own assets, creating a digital
repository exponentially larger than anything previously available.
CLEVELAND — Gliatech Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIA) announced
today that the Company has received an additional $2.5 million under its
agreement with Paul Capital Royalty Acquisition Fund, L.P. (“PCRAF”). The
Company received an initial $5 million cash infusion in April 2001, and
together with the recent investment, has now received a total of $7.5 million.
The Company’s agreement with PCRAF further provides that the Company will
receive an additional $7.5 million upon satisfaction of certain conditions,
including the commercial relaunch of ADCON(R)-L in the U.S., and up to
$15 million of additional funding possible thereafter.
NEW YORK — InStranet Inc., developers of software
for enterprise information exchange applications, announced today that
it has raised $14.7 million in Series C financing. Benchmark Capital and
Donald L. Lucas, a leading U.S. venture capital investor, joined in co-funding
the round. One of Silicon Valley’s top high-tech venture capital firms,
Benchmark Capital is investing through its new Benchmark Europe I, LP fund.
Original investors Business Objects, Apollo Invest, RSA SA
and Galileo Partners, one of Europe’s best known venture capital firms, are
SAN DIEGO — TransWestern Publishing Co. LLC today announced that, concurrent with the acquisition of WorldPages.com Inc. (NYSE:WPZ),
it has completed a recapitalization with an investor group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners, CIVC Partners, LLC (an affiliate of Bank of America Corp.), Providence Equity Partners and
TransWestern Publishing management.
The $900 million recapitalization represents the first investment for Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund V, L.P., a $6.1 billion private equity fund. Debt financing for the transactions included
the issuance of $75 million of senior subordinated notes on May 23, 2001, led by CIBC World Markets Corp. and First Union Securities Inc. and a $300 million senior credit facility
arranged by CIBC World Markets Corp., First Union Securities Inc. and Fleet Securities Inc. The law firm of Kirkland & Ellis represented TransWestern Publishing and the investor
group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Global Capital Partners Inc. (Nasdaq: GCAP) announced today that it has
closed an equity financing of $2,000,000 of its common stock at $.64 per share
to a group of private investors. The investors also received warrants to
purchase another $2,400,000 of the Company’s common stock at a price of $.77
per share. The Company intends to use the capital to strengthen its balance
sheet and for working capital purposes.
NASHVILLE, TN — The Potomac Group Inc., a leading provider of health care information services, today announced its acquisition by
international investors in a transaction arranged by Crescent Capital Investments, Inc. Crescent Capital is a leading private equity investment firm based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The merger is structured as a cash-for-stock transaction totaling approximately $117 million; other specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction closed on
Thursday, June 28, 2001. Following the merger, Potomac will operate under the name “MediFAX-EDI, Inc.” A portion of the financing was provided by Bank of America, N.A. and
Bank One Kentucky, N.A.
TAMPA, FL — JLM Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:JLMI), a leading global marketer, distributor and manufacturer of commodity and specialty
chemicals, announced today that it has completed its previously announced financial restructuring. The Company has completed financings totaling $31.5 million, the proceeds of which
were used to refinance the Company’s previous credit facilities and reduce outstanding indebtedness.
The financings consisted of a $20.0 million revolving credit line provided by Congress Financial Corporation, a $7.1 million term debt facility provided by GATX Capital Corporation,
a $1.9 million mortgage loan provided by SouthTrust Bank and a $2.5 million private placement of common stock led by Phoenix Enterprises LLC.
BOCA RATON, FL —
RailAmerica Inc. (Nasdaq: RAIL), the world’s largest operator of short line
and regional freight railroads, today announced that it has completed a
private placement of its common stock in the aggregate amount of approximately
$41 million. Investors in the private placement included John Hancock
Advisers, Inc., Putnam Investments, Capital Research and Management Company,
Bank of America, and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Asset Management, among