The Polls Are Open!

Don’t miss your chance to vote for this year’s Deal of the Year awards!

The editors of Buyouts Magazine are putting three categories up for online voting this year. The categories and their nominees are:

Large-market Deal
**DoubleClick (Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity)
**Intelsat (Apax Partners, Apollo Management, Madison Dearborn Partners, Permira)
**Norcross Safety Products Corp. (Odyssey Investment Partners)

Mid-market Deal
**American Public Education Group (ABS Capital)
**AmeriCast Technologies Inc (Castle Harlan)
**Anchor Drilling Fluids USA (American Capital)
**The Cortland Companies (Cortec Group)
**Wellness Pet Food (Catterton Partners)

Small-market Deal
**Specialty Coating Systems Inc (Bunker Hill)
**Sterling Foods International (ICV Capital)
**WCI Cable Inc. (Carlyle Group)

You can find more details including return multiples, revenue growth and IRRs on each deal at the online voting site. Go ahead and cast your ballot right here.

Buyouts Magazine has conducted its annual Deal of the Year competition since 2001, when Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. took home Firm of the Year honors, and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Merrill Lynch & Co. shared the prize for Deal of the Year for the carve-out of Italtel from Telecom Italia. All told the editors will be handing out awards in 13 categories, at a dinner taking place as part of our Buyouts East conference, March 26, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Since last year, the editors have considered only exited transactions for the coveted Deal of the Year awards categories.

The editors will consider the results from the voting to be a significant factor in making their selections.