Private equity deals

Apollo Global Management has agreed to acquire FinanMadrid, the auto and consumer loan unit of Bankia SA. No financial terms were disclosed.

FountainVest Partners
has agreed to acquire LJ International Inc. (Nasdaq: JADE), a colored gemstone and diamond retailer based in the British Virgin Islands, for approximately $60 million, or $2 per share. Company management also is participating.

Gordon Brothers Europe has agreed to buy the UK arm of Blockbuster Inc., which had entered administration earlier this year.

Kelso & Co. has agreed to acquire Montreal-based lumber company EACOM Timber Corp. (TSX: ETR) for approximately C$182 million, or C$0.38 per share (46.2% premium to Thursday’s closing share price).

Platinum Equity has agreed to acquire the U.S. and Canadian assets and operations of Checkpoint Systems Inc. (NYSE: CKP), a Thorofare, N.J.-based provider of loss prevention, inventory management and labeling solutions to the retail and apparel industry. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close next month.

Rhone Capital has agreed to acquire the Bakery Supplies business of CSM NV (Amsterdam: CSM) at an enterprise value of €1.05 billion.

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