Mergers & acquisitions

May 01, 2013

DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) is in talks to acquire AwesomenessTV, a Los Angeles-based YouTube channel for teens and tweens, according to AllThingsD. No financial terms were disclosed. AwesomenessTV has raised VC funding from Greycroft Partners, MK Capital and New World Ventures.

Jawbone, a San Francisco-based maker of audio devices and wearable technology, has acquiredBodyMedia, a Pittsburgh–based maker of wearable body monitors. No financial terms were disclosed, but media reports put the deal in excess of $100 million. Jawbone has raised over $200 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Deutsche Telekom. BodyMedia had raised over $12 million from Ascension Health Ventures, Comcast Ventures, DFJ, DFJ Triangle Ventures and InCube Ventures.

Platte River Equity has sold Hetsco Inc., a Greenwood, Ind.-based provider of emergency and planned repairs for brazed aluminum heat exchangers, to Global Power Equipment Group Inc.(Nasdaq: GLPW). No financial terms were disclosed.

Shutterfly Inc. (Nasdaq: SFLY) has acquired MyPublisher, a Valhalla, N.Y.–based provider of photo book-making software. No financial terms were disclosed. Selling shareholders include AB Novestra and Mousse Partners.

Carl Icahn has increased his position in speech recognition software maker Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN) from 9.27% to 10.72%.

Extraprise, a Boston-based systems integrator and business process outsourcer in customer management, has acquired SmartSource, a Burlington, Mass.–based B2B and B2C email service provider with marketing automation, workflow and multi-channel marketing functionality. No financial terms were disclosed.

Melrose Industries PLC (LSE: MRO) has agreed to sell its North American hardware retail chain (Truth Hardware) to Tyman PLC (AIM: TYMN) for $200 million in cash.

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