Private equity deals

August 13, 2012, 6:11 PM UTC

Focus Media Holding (Nasdaq: FMCN) has received a $3.49 billion take-private offer from FountainVest Partners, The Carlyle Group, CITIC Capital Partners, CDH Investments, China Everbright Ltd. and company CEO Jason Nanchun Jiang. The $27 per American depository share offer represents a 15.48% premium to Friday’s closing price for Focus Media, which is based in Hong Kong.

Aurora Capital Group has acquired Market Track LLC, a Chicago–based provider of promotional intelligence solutions, from Monitor Clipper Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed.

Cinven, Permira and Liberty Media have made it to the second round of an auction for Polish cable television operator Multimedia, according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at around €800 million.

Sol Trujillo, former head of telecom companies like U.S. West and Orange SA, has tried to interest private equity firms like Blackstone Group and KKR in an acquisition of T-Mobile’s U.S. business, according to Bloomberg. So far he hasn’t gotten any takers for the deal, which could be valued at around $30 billion.

EQT Partners has agreed to acquire UC4 Software Group, an Austria–based provider of IT process automation software, from The Carlyle Group at an enterprise value of €220 million.

Francisco Partners
has invested an undisclosed amount into Therapeutic Research Center, a Stockton, Calif.–based provider of drug therapy recommendations, continuing education, training and data to the healthcare community.

Global Healthcare Partners and Addison Capital Partners have sponsored a recapitalization of MPD Chemicals, a Trevose, Penn.-based specialty chemicals manufacturer. No financial terms were disclosed.

Pamplona Capital is in “advanced talks” to buy German specialty chemicals company Ruetgers from Triton Private Equity for more than €600 million, according to Reuters.

WL Ross & Co. has agreed to acquire 4.4 million common shares of Navigator Holdings Ltd. from Lehman Brothers for $110 million, in a deal subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval. WL Ross previously acquired 3.5 shares of Navigator, a provider of seaborne transportation services in the liquified petroleum gas sector.

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