GE Antares finances Riverside Co.’s buy of AWP

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, said Monday it is providing a $124.5 million loan to support The Riverside Company’s buy of Area Wide Protective. Kent, Ohio-based AWP provides temporary traffic management solutions to a variety of customers, including utilities, utility contractors and telecommunications companies.


The Riverside Company invests in Area Wide Protective

The Riverside Company said Wednesday it invested in Area Wide Protective. Financial terms weren’t announced. Kent, Ohio-Area Wide provides temporary management solutions to customers including utilities, utility contractors, and telecommunications companies. GE Antares Capital, Madison Capital, NewStar Financial, and MidCap Financial provided senior debt financing and Audax Mezzanine provided mezzanine debt.


GE Antares Capital supports Graham Partners’ buy of Tidel Engineering

GE Antares, a GE Capital unit, has provided a $60 million credit facility to back Graham Partners‘ acquisition of Tidel Engineering. GE Capital Markets served as the loan’s joint lead arranger and bookrunner. Based in Carrollton, Texas, Tidel is a provider of provider of cash management systems and security products for retailers.


GE Antares supports Kohlberg & Company’s buy of PPC

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, has provided a $160 million senior credit facility to back Kohlberg & Company‘s buy of PPC Industries. GE Capital Markets was the lead arranger and bookrunner. Based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, PPC Industries is a maker of specialty plastic solutions for medical/pharmaceutical, food processing, and niche industrial applications.


Altamont-backed McLarens nabs $107 mln

McLarens, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, has received a $107 million credit facility. GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, served as the administrative agent while GE Capital Markets was lead arranger and joint book runner on the loan. Headquartered in Atlanta, McLarens is a provider of claims management, loss adjusting, pre-risk and damage surveying and auditing services.

GE Antares supports PE-backed Merex Group’s buy of Kellstrom Defense

Merex Group, a portfolio company of Dubin Clark, has received a credit facility from GE Antares to support its buy of Kellstrom Defense Aerospace. No financial terms were disclosed. GE Capital Markets was the lead arranger and joint bookrunner on the loan. Based in Miramar, Florida, Kellstrom Defense is a provider of inventory management solutions and aftermarket services, specializing in the defense aircraft aftermarket support.

GE Antares supports Vestar Capital Partners’ buy of ISS

Vestar Capital Partners has received a $260 million loan from GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital Markets, to support its acquisition of Institutional Shareholder Services. GE Capital Markets acted as joint lead arranger and bookrunner on this transaction. ISS is a provider of proxy advisory and corporate governance solutions to financial market participants.

GE Antares Capital Provides Credit Facility to Hilex Poly

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, is serving as administrative agent for a $140 million senior credit facility to support the acquisition of Hilex Poly by Wind Point Partners. GE Capital Markets served as co-lead arranger and sole bookrunner on the transaction.

GE Antares Capital Provides $405 Million Credit Facility for Tank Holdings Acquisition

GE Antares, a Chicago-based unit of GE Capital, provided a $405 million senior credit facility to support Leonard Green & Partners’ acquisition of Tank Holdings, a manufacturer of rotational polyethylene and steel storage tanks and containers. Leonard Green is an L.A.-based private equity firm. PRESS RELEASE: GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, announced today it […]

Wind Point Recaps Hearthside Food with $400 Mln GE Antares Loan

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, said Monday it is providing a $400 million credit facility that is part of Wind Point Partners recap of Hearthside Food Solutions. Proceeds of the $400 million loan will be used to refinance debt and pay a dividend, according to Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp. Wing Point acquired […]

GE Antares Provides $555 Mln Loan to TricorBraun

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, said it served as administration agent on a $555 million loan for TricorBraun. The loan will serve to to refinance TricorBraun’s outstanding debt and make a distribution to shareholders of affiliates via dividends and stock repurchases, the statement said. GE Capital Markets served as joint lead arranger and […]

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The Ax Falls Tomorrow at GE Capital

Tomorrow is January 8, and for many GE Capital employees, that means D-Day.

peHUB reported in December that the GE Capital and its mid-market lending subsidiary, GE Antares, had suspended a planned round of planned layoffs until January 8, in order to implement a new, lower severance package plan. We haven’t been able to confirm specifics, but rumors are that the severance package may be less than two weeks salary for each year of service.

Perhaps the pitiful severance package isn’t surprising, given the pressure on financial firms to curb executive pay. But since GE has not recieved any TARP money yet, that’s hardly a valid excuse.


GE Capital Layoffs On Hold For New Severance Policy

Yesterday peHUB reported that GE Antares would delay its rumored layoffs until the New Year. Today, we found out why. Thanks to a tip from my Buyouts colleague Ari Nathanson, it appears the mid-market lender and its parent company, GE Capital, plans to lay off members of its staff in one fell swoop in early January (we hear Jan. 8, to be exact).

The initial layoff plan for GE Antares was to occur in two waves, with one taking place last Tuesday and one in January, multiple sources said. However, parent company GE is in the midst of changing its corporate severance policy to provide smaller packages for 2009 layoffs. The conglomerate’s legal team told GE Capital to make all the cuts at once, to avoid discrepancies between the severance packages in the two waves of layoffs.

Because GE Antares hasn’t finalized its layoff list, the firm will have to lay off both groups in January, likely with the new, lower severance package, one source said.

GE Antares Jobs Safe …For Now

Layoff rumors have plagued GE Antares ever since last month, when its parent company, GE Capital, announced plans for $2 billion in cost savings.

But employees of the mid-market lender can rest assured their jobs are safe for the remainder of the year, GE Antares spokesman Ned Reynolds told peHUB.

Reynolds said no layoffs have taken place this month and no layoffs will occur in December. This conflicts with a recent report from The Deal, which stated the 120-person business would cut 20% of its work force the week of December 8.

I’d also heard those rumors but Reynolds assured me that GE Antares has not and will not lay off any employees this month. “I’m not sure what was true a week ago but it’s not true today,” he said.

Madison Capital Definitely Still In Business: “We Have An Incredible Amount Of Deal Flow Right Now”

In fact, the firm expects to close 10 to 15 deals in the fourth quarter. Christopher Williams, a founding partner at Madison Capital Funding, called to clarify that after I wrote some apparently ambiguous comments on middle market lending pullbacks.

So let it be known: Madison Capital has cash to spend. The firm has not narrowed down its deal criteria over the last few weeks, as I had written. The only change, Williams said, is that Madison Capital is pushing for the absolute latest financial performance numbers on companies. “The last thing we want to do is book a company that we haven’t

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