Private equity deals

Jul 05, 2012

Hellman & Friedman has agreed to acquire Wood Mackenzie, a British provider of energy market research and analysis, from Charterhouse Capital Partners at an enterprise value of £1.1 billion. Charterhouse will retain a 13% stake.

Accretive Solutions, a Chicago-based consulting and executive search firm focused on the finance, accounting and IT sector, has acquired rival Adams Harris LLC. No financial terms were disclosed, except that the deal was partially financed via an equity investment in Accretive Solutions by Adams Street Partners. Existing Accretive Solutions investors include Saybrook Capital and GoldenTree Capital.

Bain Capital has completed its previously-announced $800 million purchase of Consolidated Container Co., an Atlanta–based maker of rigid plastic packaging solutions in North America, from Vestar Capital Partners.

Charterhouse Private Equity is nearing an agreement to French engineering group Fives to AXA Private Equity, according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at more than €1 billion.

Madison Dearborn Partners has received several bids for vegetable-juice maker Bolthouse Farms, according to Bloomberg. The offers came in at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, from suitors which include The Blackstone Group and Campbell Soup.

Benihana Inc. (Nasdaq: BNHN), a Japanese restaurant chain operator, said that its “go-shop” period has concluded without any rival buyout offers to a $296 million, or $16.30 per share, bid from Angelo Gordon & Co.

The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in Mandarin Hotel Holdings Ltd., a Chinese owner and operator of 25 mid-tier hotels. No financial terms were disclosed.

Charterhouse Private Equity is nearing an agreement to French engineering group Fives to AXA Private Equity, according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at more than €1 billion.

Genstar Capital has completed its $400 million, or $8 per share, take-private buyout of eResearchTechnology Inc., a Philadelphia-based provider of health outcomes research services to biopharma sponsors and contract research organizations. As part of the transaction, ERT delisted from the Nasdaq.

Kohlberg & Co. has acquired Aurora Casket Co., an Aurora, Ind.–based provider of caskets, urns and other funeral-related products and services. No financial terms were disclosed.

Providence Equity Partners has agreed to acquire German television network Home Shopping Europe (HSE24) from AXA Private Equity. Reuters reports that Providence is funding the deal via € 265 million in leveraged loans, while AXA PE will retain a minority equity position.

Securus Technologies Inc., a Dallas–based provider of detainee communications and information management solutions, has acquired DirectHit Systems Inc., a Melbourne, Fla.-based provider of investigative, data analysis tools for law enforcement and corrections clients. No financial terms were disclosed. Securus is a portfolio company of Castle Harlan.

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