Deals of the day: High-speed trader delays IPO

April 2, 2014, 6:57 PM UTC

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Venture Capital Deals

Bima, a provider of mobile-delivered insurance in emerging markets, has raised $22 million in new VC funding from return backers KinnevikLeapFrog Investments and

Transcend Medical Inc.
, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based developer of medical devices to treat glaucoma, has raised $22 million in Series C funding. An undisclosed “global pharmaceutical and medical device company” was joined by return backers Investor Growth Capital, HLM Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Latterell Venture Partners, Technology Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures and Split

, a London-based mobile marketing and advertising company, has raised $5.5 million in new VC funding from existing investor MMC

, a New York-based provider of HTML5 runtime technology for financial desktops, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Bain Capital

, a French online marketplace for “creative” jobs, has raised €3 million in new VC funding fromCM-CIC Capital Privé

Sookasa Inc
., a Mountain View, Calif.-based developer of compliance solutions for cloud apps and mobile devices, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding. Accel Partners led the round, and was joined by return backers First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and SV

BitPay Inc., an Atlanta-based payment processor for Bitcoin, is in the process of raising between $20 and $30 million in new VC funding from firms like Index Ventures, according to VentureWire. The company previously secured $2 million in seed funding led by Founders Fund.

Private Equity Deals

Captivate Network, operator of an IP-enabled digital place-based media network, has agreed to buyOffice Media Network, a Chicago-based operating of advertising screens in office building elevators and common areas, from Lake Capital for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock. Captivate Network is backed by Generation Partners and Gannett Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

Madison Dearborn Partners and Covant have completed their previously-announced acquisition ofLGS Innovations, a provider of networking and communications solutions to the U.S. federal government, from Alcatel-Lucent. The deal includes a $100 million up-front payment, and upwards of $100 million in earn-outs.


Imprivata, a Lexington, Mass.-Enable Midstream Partners LP, an Oklahoma City-based developer and operator of natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets, has set its IPO terms to 25 million units being offered at between $19 and $21 per unit. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol ENBL, with Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Goldman Sachs serving as lead underwriters. Shareholders are  CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP), OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) and ArcLight Capital

, a Chicago-based online food ordering company, has increased its IPO pricing range from $20-$23 per share to $23-$25 per share. It still plans to offer 7.03 million shares, and now would have an initial market cap of around $1.88 billion, were it to price in the middle of its range. The company plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol GRUB, with Citigroup listed as left lead underwriter. GrubHub reports $6.7 million in net income on $137 million in revenue for 2013. Shareholders include Spectrum Equity (12% pre-IPO stake), Warburg Pincus (9.1%), Thomas H. Lee Partners (8.9%), GS Capital Partners (8.9%), Benchmark (8.3%) and Origin Ventures (6.2%).

Scynexis Inc.
, a Durham, N.C.-based developer of therapeutics for fungal infections, has amended its proposed IPO terms to 7.33 million shares being offered at between $7 and $8 per share. It previously filed to sell 4.23 million shares at between $12 and $14 per share. The company plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol SCYX, with RBC Capital Markets and Canaacord Genuity serving as lead underwriters. Scynexis reports a $23 million net loss on $16.8 million of revenue for 2013. Shareholders include Ventech Capital (18.29% pre-IPO stake), Merial Ltd. (6.29%), Alta Partners (18.09%), Burrill & Co. (9.56%), S.R. One Ltd. (9.35%).

Virtu Financial Inc., a New York-based high-speed trading company partially owned by Silver Lake, reportedly is pushing back its planned IPO, due to the recent controversy spurred by the new Michael Lewis book “Flash Boys.” The company expects to list on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol VIRT, with Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Sandler O’Neill serving as lead underwriters. It reports $182 million in net income on $665 million in revenue for 2013, compared to an $88 million net income on $616 million in revenue for


Apple is one of several companies reportedly in talks to acquire a 55% stake in the smartphone display chip unit of Japan’s Renesas Electronics (Tokyo: 6723), according to Reuters. The deal could be valued at more than $450 million.

The Cofco Corp., a state-owned food conglomerate in China, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Noble Group’s agriculture business for $1.5 billion.

Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball franchise, has agreed to acquire The Minneapolis Star Tribune for an undisclosed amount of cash. The newspaper has been controlled by lenders Wayzata Investment Partners and GE Capital since coming out of bankruptcy protection in 2009.

ABS Capital Partners is exploring strategic options for, a Vienna, Va.-based provider of smartphone app-controlled home security systems, including a possible IPO or sale of the company, according to The Financial Times.

Apax Partners has hired Jefferies to find a buyer for ALM Media, a trade publisher and events company whose flagship brand is American Lawyer, according to Reuters. ALM generates around $55 million in EBITDA.

Morningstar Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN) has acquired ByAllAccounts Inc., a Woburn, Mass.-based provider of innovative data aggregation technology for financial applications, for $28 million. ByAllAccounts had raised around $10 million in VC funding from Commonwealth Capital Venturesand Castile

RentPath, a Norcross, Va.-based vertical search company for apartment and home renters, has acquired Lovely, a San Francisco-based mobile-powered end-to-end rental marketplace, for $13 million in cash. Lovely had raised around $2 million in VC funding from firms like Felicis Ventures, Founder Collective, S-Cubed Capital and WMAS Management Group.

Riverstone Holdings LLC
 has agreed to sell R/C Sugarkane LLC, a Houston, Texas-based oil and gas exploration company focused on the Eagle Ford Shale, to Warwick Energy Group. No financial terms were disclosed.

Tricor Pacific Capital
 has hired William Blair & Co. to weigh strategic options for CPI Card Group Inc., a Littleton, Colo.-based maker and distributor of plastic financial cards for such brands as Visa and MasterCard, according to the WSJ. Both an IPO and a sale are reported to be

Vistaprint (Nasdaq: VPRT) has agreed to acquire Italian printing services company Pixartprinting Srlfor approximately €127 million. Sellers include private equity firm Alcedo

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