Behrman Capital buys BHC from Freeman Spogli

Behrman Capital said Monday that it has acquired BECO Holding Company from Freeman Spogli. No financial terms were disclosed. Harris Williams served as financial advisor to BHC on the transaction. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, BHC is a provider of first-response fire protection equipment and related parts.


Behrman Capital seals $410 mln ILC refinancing deal

Behrman Capital has completed a $410 million refinancing for its portfolio company ILC Industries. The new credit facility is comprised of a $300 million first lien term loan, a $30 million revolving credit facility, and an $80 million second lien term loan.


Behrman Capital completes $570 mln recap of Pelican Products

New York and San Francisco-based private equity firm Behrman Capital said Tuesday that it has recapitalized Pelican Products for $570 million. Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley were co-bookrunners on the transaction. Pelican Products is a producer of high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems.

ILC Dover Acquires Grayling Industries

ILC Dover, a Frederica, Delaware-based designer and maker of a wide range of highly engineered fabric and products — including space suits for NASA — has acquired Grayling Industries, an Alpharetta, Georgia-based maker of advanced industrial packaging products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ILC Dover is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity firm with offices in New York and San Francisco.

PE-backed Ark Holdings Buys HMR Advantage Health

Ark Holdings Inc., which owns skilled nursing homes, has acquired HMR Advantage Health Systems, a South Carolina-based owner and operator of long-term care centers. The deal was valued at $143.8 million. Ark Holdings is backed by Behrman Capital. HMR provides post-operative therapy to long-term skilled nursing. The company has 21 centers across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Behrman Capital established Memphis, Tenn.-based Ark Holdings in July 2007.

PE-Backed Ark Holdings Pays $143.8M For HMR

Ark Holdings Inc., which is backed by New York and San Francisco-based buyout firm Behrman Capital, has acquired HMR Advantage Health Systems for $143.8 million. Easley, South Carolina-based HMR is an owner and operator of long-term care centers. Ark Holdings owns skilled nursing homes, and is based in Memphis, Tenn.


Behrman Capital Acquires Atherotech

Birmingham, Ala.-based Atherotech, a developer of a novel cholesterol test that was spun out of the University of Alabama, has been acquired by the New York-based investment firm Behrman Capital. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. PRESS RELEASE: Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco, today announced that it […]

Behrman Closes $330M Recap for Data Device Corp, The Spin-off of ILC Dover

Behrman Capital completed a dividend recapitalization for Data Device Corp. and a tax-free spin-off of ILC Dover to existing shareholders. The Data Device recapitalization consisted of a $300 million six-year term loan and a $30 million five-year revolving credit facility. Credit Suisse and GE Capital Corp. led the recapitalization. Behrman together with Clifford Lane acquired both businesses from ILC Industries in 2003 for $303 million. GE Capital also led the financing of a $37 million credit facility for Dover. Behrman is a private equity firm based in New York and San Francisco.

Charlesbank Buys Peacock Engineering from Behrman

Charlesbank Capital Partners has acquired Peacock Engineering Co., a portfolio company of Behrman Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. Geneva, Ill.-based Peacock provides processing and packaging services for consumer companies like ConAgra Foods, General Mills and Kraft. Both Charlesbank and Behrman are PE firms. News of the deal was disclosed by Harris Williams which advised Peacock.

Burlington Coat, Ascend, Pelican Join PE Dividend Parade

The list of PE-backed companies looking to pay large dividends to their shareholders continues to grow.

Burlington Coat Factory, which is backed by Bain Capital, is in the market for a $1 billion loan to pay a dividend to its shareholders. JP Morgan is leading sale of the loan, according to Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.

Bain acquired the Burlington Coat Factory, which sells coats and women’s sportswear, in 2006 for $2.06 billion.

A Bain spokesman says that a portion of the loan will go to refinance debt.

Ascend Learning, which is owned by Providence Equity, is also trying to raise roughly $400 million—including $390 million in loans and $40 million in revolving credit—to pay a dividend, LPC said. Ascend Learning is made up of Assessment Technologies Institute and Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Brooks Equipment Switches Sponsors

Freeman Spogli & Co. has acquired Brooks Equipment Co. from Behrman Capital for an undisclosed amount. Brooks is a Charlotte-based wholesale distributor of first response fire protection equipment and related parts.

An Old Deal For a New Firm

Prophet Equity, a new-ish turnaround shop based in Dallas, has acquired Chief Supply and Law Enforcement Supply from Brooks Equipment Company, a firefighting supplier that Behrman Capital had owned since 1998, according to a source familiar with the situation. Prophet Equity bought the two companies and combined them under the name Public Safety Supply Resources. […]

Behrman Capital Hires Robert Flaherty

Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco, today announced that Robert E. Flaherty has joined the firm as an Operating Partner. Flaherty was formerly President and CEO of Athena Diagnostics. Press release: Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco, today announced […]

Robert Flaherty Joins Behrman Capital

Robert Flaherty has joined Behrman Capital as an operating partner, with a focus on the healthcare sector. He is the former CEO of Athena Diagnostics, which Behrman acquired and then sold to Fisher Scientific International for $283 million.

Pelican Products Buys Hardigg for $200 Million

Pelican Products Inc., a Torrance, Calif.-based maker of protective cases and lighting systems, has acquired Hardigg Industries Inc., a maker of rotational-molded transport and storage cases. The transaction is valued at approximately $200 million. Pelican Products is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital.

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