Sankaty to buy 4 CLOs from Regiment Capital

By Luisa Beltran — 3 months ago

Sankaty Advisors, the global credit affiliate of Bain Capital, has agreed to buy the management contracts of four CLOs from Regiment Capital Advisors. The management contracts to be transferred are for Cavalry CLO II Ltd., Cavalry CLO III Ltd., Cavalry CLO IV Ltd., and Cavalry CLO V Ltd. The four CLOs total $1.6 billion of assets. Berkshire Capital Securities advised Regiment.


Nomad acquires European frozen food company Findus

By Iris Dorbian — 3 months ago

Nomad Foods Limited has closed its previously announced buy of European frozen food company Findus Sverige AB from LionGem Sweden 1 AB, which is backed by Highbridge Principal Strategies, Lion Capital LLP and Sankaty Advisors. The deal was for about 500 million pounds.


LDC backs UK shower brand Aqualisa’s management buyout

By Iris Dorbian — 5 months ago

UK private equity firm LDC has made an undisclosed investment to support shower brand Aqualisa‘s management buyout. The sellers were Bain Capital‘s credit affiliate Sankaty Advisors LLC and RBS. Also, LDC’s Andy Lyndon and Ben Snow will join Aqualisa’s board. Springboard Corporate Finance and CMS Cameron McKenna advised Aqualisa’s management team on the transaction while Catalyst Corporate Finance advised the sellers. PwC, CiL and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advised LDC.


Nomad to buy Findus Group’s European frozen food business

By Iris Dorbian — 6 months ago

Nomad Foods has agreed to acquire Findus Group‘s European frozen food business for about 500 million pounds. The sellers, all of whom will receive 8.4 million shares of Nomad at the closing, include Highbridge Principal Strategies, Lion Capital LLP and Sankaty AdvisorsUBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse provided financial advice to Nomad on the transaction.


Sirirs Capital inks $840 mln buy of Digital River

By Luisa Beltran — 1 year ago

An investor group led by Siris Capital Group has agreed to buy Digital River in a deal valued at about $840 million. Terms of the deal call for Siris to buy all outstanding Digital River shares for $26 each cash. Minneapolis-based Digital River provides Commerce-as-a-Service solutions. Digital River has the right to solicit alternative offers from third parties during a 45-day “go shop.” Macquarie Capital and Sankaty Advisors are providing debt financing. Morgan Stanley & Co. advised Digital River, while Union Square Advisors and Evercore Partners provided financial advice to Siris.


Sankaty Advisors acquires J.P. Morgan investment portfolio

By Angela Sormani — 2 years ago

Sankaty Advisors has acquired a portfolio of loans and other securities from J.P. Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group. The portfolio contains mezzanine loans in North America and Europe, as well as loans and related special situations investments in Australia and across Asia, with an aggregate value of approximately $1.3 billion.


Arsenal Capital Partners buys Kel-Tech

By Iris Dorbian — 2 years ago

New York private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has acquired Kel-Tech. No financial terms were disclosed. PPHB advised Kel-Tech on the transaction while Syntal Capital Partners advised the Keller family. KeyBanc Capital Markets and Madison Capital Funding provided senior debt financing and funds managed by Sankaty Advisors and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company provided subordinated debt financing for the deal. Headquartered in Midland, Texas, Kel-Tech is a provider of oilfield chemicals for the Permian basin.


Dockwise to Sell DYT

By Luisa Beltran — 4 years ago

Dockwise said Monday that it has agreed to sell subsidiary Dockwise Yacht Transport to Coby Enterprises. Private equity is supporting the deal along with management of DYT. Financial terms, and the name of the PE investor, were not announced. DYT transports yachts and leisure craft between sailing regions around the globe.


PE Consortium Acquires Tekelec

By Angela Sormani — 4 years ago

Mobile broadband solutions company Tekelec is to be acquired by a consortium led by Siris Capital Group and including affiliates of The ComVest Group, funds and accounts managed by GSO Capital Partners LP, Sankaty Advisors, ZelnickMedia and other Siris limited partners and affiliates. The transaction is valued at approximately $780 million. PRESS RELEASE Tekelec, the […]


Sankaty Advisors Adds Eric Karp as Senior Advisor

5 years ago

Sankaty Advisors, a private manager of fixed income and credit instruments, said that it has added Eric Karp as a Senior Advisor. Karp will help the firm identify and pursue new credit investment opportunities, especially in the sponsored LBO space, the firm said in a statement. Karp was most recently global head of financial sponsors at Bank of America. Sankaty has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago and London.


Sankaty Closes MM Debt Fund

By Erin Griffith — 6 years ago

Sankaty Advisors has closed its debt fund dedicated to the middle market with more than $900 million in commitments, the firm confirmed. The Boston-based credit affiliate of Bain Capital aims to use the capital to fill a whole in middle market deal financing. Sankaty launched the Sankaty Middle Market Opportunities Fund LP in August of […]


Sankaty DIP Fund Beats Target

By Erin Griffith — 6 years ago

Sankaty Advisors, the credit affiliate of Bain Capital, has closed on $672 million from 740 investors for its DIP Opportunities Fund, according to regulatory filings. That includes $388.4 million in commitments from 446 U.S. investors and $284.58 million in commitments from 294 offshore investors.

Since our last update on this fund (yes, slow news day), we’ve learned that the reason Sankaty has so many investors to dollars is that the firm is marketing this fund to high-net-worth individuals rather than the traditional investors in private equity funds (pensions and endowments) or usual sources of DIP lending (banks).

Specifically, a J.P. Morgan Securities feeder fund is obtaining many of the commitments. It’s obviously been a successful fundraise, considering we had pegged the fund’s original target at $400 million. According to an investor, the fund has a two-year investment period with fees of 1.75% on commitments, and Sankaty anticipates returns of between 12% and 15% for the entity.


Seven New Sources of Deal Finance

By Erin Griffith — 6 years ago

And Amalgamated Capital makes seven. I’ve written so many stories about new lending groups formed to serve the “void” of financing in the middle market, that it’s time to make a list. So I give you, the recent crop of new middle market lenders (please email with any I may have overlooked).

The groups are in various stages of development-some have raised funds, others are seeking to secure credit, and even one is in registration to go public. While they’re getting their ducks in a row, someone (anyone) find them some deals to finance!

1. Sankaty Middle Market Opportunities Fund will invest in middle-market mezzanine loans with some senior debt and equity. More specifically, it would target credit for new buyouts, rescue financings and secondary purchases of mezzanine debt. See related story.