By Dan Primack
July 2, 2013

AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. and Stike Holdings (a.k.a. Bowlmor) have completed their previously-announced merger, which creates the world’s largest operator of bowling centers. The new company will be jointly owned by Bowlmor and certain of AMF’s second-lien lenders (including an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management and Credit Suisse). AMF filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May.

Brambles Ltd.
 (ASX: BXB), an Australian reusable pellet supplier, announced plans to spin off it’s $2 billion data management unit via a flotation on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
 (Tokyo: 8306) has agreed to acquire a control stake in Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya for approximately $5.6 billion.

Pearson P
LC has completed the merger of its Penguin book publishing group with Random House, which was owned by Bertelsmann AG (which now holds a 53% stake in the combined company)

Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) has acquired Bignoggins Productions, a one-person startup that develops fantasy sports apps for the iPhone. No financial terms were disclosed.

Anacacia Capital has sold Australia-based baby food maker Rafferty’s Garden to PZ Cussons PLC(LSE: PZC) for £42.2 million. Anacacia had previously tried to sell Rafferty’s to blocked H.J.Heinz Co., but the deal was blocked by Australian regulators.

Outerwall (f.k.a. Coinstar) has agreed to acquire EcoATM, a San Diego-based network of kiosks that allow users to trade in old mobile devices for cash, in-store credit or gift cards, for $350 million in cash (minus the 23% equity stake Outerwall already holds in the company). EcoATM had raised around $31 million in VC funding, from like Outerwall, PI Holdings, Moore Venture Partners, AKS Capital and Singapore billionaire Koh Boon Hwee. It also had secured around $40 million in venture

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has exited its investment in Huntsville, Ala.-based Sequel Youth and Family Services LLC via a recapitalization, which includes $66 million in equity funding from Alaris Royalty Corp. (TSX: AD).

Roche Holding has acquired Constitution Medical Investors Inc., a Boston–based developer of hematology testing systems, from Warburg Pincus. The deal includes a $220 million up-front payment, plus the possibility of earnouts.

Silver Lake has agreed to sell Smart Storage Systems, a Newark, Calif.-based provider of enterprise solid state drive products and technology, to SanDisk Corp. (Nasdaq: SNDK) for approximately $307 million in cash. There also are unspecified equity-related incentives.

Control4 Corp., a Salt Lake City-based provider of automation and control solutions for the connected home, has filed for a $60 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol CTRL, with BoA Merrill Lynch and Raymond James serving as co-lead underwriters. The company reports a $3.7 million net loss on $109.5 million in revenue for 2012. Control4 has raised nearly $80 million in VC funding, from Foundation Capital (28.5% pre-IPO stake), Thomas Weisel Venture Partners (16.4%), Signal Peak Ventures (12.7%), Frazier Technology Ventures (12.3%) and Cisco Systems (10.8%)

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a Pune, India-based drug company backed by The Blackstone Group, has filed for a $102 million IPO in India.

Marrone Bio Innovations, a Davis, Calif.-based maker of bio-based pest management and plant health products, has filed for a $60 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol MBII, with Jefferies and Piper Jaffray serving as lead underwriters. The company reports a $39 million net loss on around $7 million in revenue for its fiscal 2012. Shareholders include The Contrarian Group, Mitsui & Co., One Earth Capital, Saffron Hill Ventures, Stuart Mill Venture Partners, Clean Pacific Ventures and Syngenta Ventures.

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