M&A Deals

May 19, 2011, 3:45 PM UTC

AutoTrader.com has agreed to acquire VinSolutions, a provider of auto dealer solutions, including CRM, Internet lead management and inventory management. No financial terms were disclosed.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. (Nasdaq: DECK) has agreed to acquire Sanuck, an Irvine, Calif.-based shoe and sandal brand, for $120 million from Sanuk USA and C&C Companies.

Sophia, an online social teaching and learning platform, has acquired Guaranteach, a Baltimore-based online provider of short-form tutorials. No financial terms were disclosed. Guaranteach had been sponsored by Innosight Ventures, NewSchools Venture Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. www.guaranteach.com

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) has agreed to acquire Clearwell Systems Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based e-discovery management platform for the enterprise. The deal is valued at approximately $390 million, net of Clearwell’s $20 million existing cash balance. Clearwell has raised around $30 million in VC funding, from firms like DAG Ventures, Northgate Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Sequoia Capital. www.symantec.com


Emcor Group (NYSE: EME) has agreed to acquire USM Services Holdings, a Norristown, Penn.-based provider of facilities maintenance services, from Australia’s Transfield Services LTd. (ASA: TSE). The deal is valued at $255 million in cash.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (NYSE: DTG) said that it has adopted a “poison pill,” which could slow down a proposed $2.08 billion buyout offer from Hertz Global Holdings.

Glencore, a Swiss commodities trader, raised $10 billion in a London IPO, selling 1.14 billion shares at $8.60 per share. It is the largest IPO so far this year. www.glencore.com

Histogenics Corp., a Waltham, Mass.-based regenerative medicine company focused on cartilage, has acquired Israeli regenerative medicine company ProChon Biotech Ltd. No financial terms were disclosed. Boston Equity Advisors managed the process. Histogenics shareholders include Boston Millennia Partners, Foundation Medical Partners, Altima Partners and Inflection Point Partners. www.histogenics.com

Thermo-Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) has emerged as a bidder for Phadia AB, an allergy-testing company owned by Cinven, according to the Wall Street Journal. The deal could be valued at upwards of $3 billion. Thermo-Fisher also is a reported bidder for Gen-Probe Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO), which has a market cap of around $3.8 billion. www.thermofisher.com

Takeda Pharmaceutical Corp. (Tokyo: 4502) has agreed to acquire Swiss drug-maker Nycomed for €9.6 billion in cash. Sellers include Nordic Capital, DLJ Merchant Partners, Coller Capital and Avista Capital Partners. www.nycomed.com


Abertis (Madrid: ABE) has sold its car parking and logistics businesses to an investment group led by Torreal for €400 million.

Allstate Corp. (NYSE: ALL) has agreed to acquire Esurance and Answer Financial for approximately $1 billion from White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE: WTM). The deal value includes $700 million in cash, plus the book value of acquired assets. www.allstate.com

South Korea has restarted the sale process of a 57% stake in the nation’s largest bank by assets, Woori Financial Group.

Toshiba is expected to acquire Landis+Gyr, a Swiss maker of smart meters, for approximately $2 billion after two private equity firms dropped out of the process, according to the FT. Current Landis&Gyr shareholders include Australia’s Bayard Capital. www.landisgyr.com

Skyworks Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS) has agreed to acquire SiGe Semiconductor Inc., an Ottawa-based supplier of RF front-end solutions for wireless systems. The deal is valued at up to $275 million, including a $210 million up-front cash payment and $65 million in potential milestone patyments. SiGe is currently in registration for a $143.75 million IPO, and has raised around $132 million in VC funding since 1999. Current shareholders include Prism VentureWorks (19.8% stake), VenGrowth (15.5%), W Capital Partners (11.2%), TD Capital and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. www.sige.com


Publicis (Paris: PUBP) has agreed to acquire Rosetta Marketing Group, a Hamilton, N.J.-based digital marketing agency. The deal is valued at $525 million in cash, plus the possibility of future earnouts. www.publicis.com

Vietcombank, a state-owned bank in Vietnam, has hired Credit Suisse to manage the sale of a 20% ownership stake to foreign investors. Credit Suisse had a similar mandate in 2007, but the deal never went through.


Autonomy Corp. (LSE: AU) has agreed to acquire certain digital division assets from Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM), including archiving, eDiscovery and online backup. The deal is valued at $380 million in cash. www.autonomy.com

Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group PLC have sweetened their offer to acquire German engine-maker Tognum AG to €2.4 billion, according to Bloomberg. This is an 8.3% increase from an earlier bid.

Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG), has agreed to acquire LeTourneau Technologies Inc., the mining equipment making unit of Rowan Companies Inc. (NYSE: RDC), for $1.1 billion in cash. www.rowancompanies.com

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., a Vancouver-based firm and television studio, is seeking buyers for Carl Icahn’s 33% stake in the company, according to Bloomberg.

Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) has agreed to acquire bio-surgery products maker Orthovita Inc. (Nasdaq: VITA) for around $316 million in cash. The $3.85 per share deal represents a 41% premium to Friday’s closing price for Orthovita shares.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to acquire a minority stake in Yihaodian, a Chinese e-commerce company whose offerings include groceries and electronics. No financial terms were disclosed.