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Term Sheet — Tuesday, March 31

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No column this morning (but tons of news), as I spent all of yesterday at Fortune HQ in New York for various meetings (yes, it was just as scintillating as it sounds). Apologies.

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• Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) has agreed to acquire Bright House Networks, an East Syracuse, N.Y.-based cable operator, for approximately $10.4 billion in cash and stock ($2b/$8.4b) from Advance Publications. Read more.


• Tanium, a San Francisco-based systems and security management company, has raised $52 million in new VC funding from Andreessen Horowitz. This follows up a $90 million investment in the company from Andreessen Horowitz last summer – the company’s first round of VC funding since being launched in 2007 – at a reported valuation of $900 million. Read more.

• Sprinklr, a New York-based marketing startup, has raised $46 million in Series E funding from existing investors Intel Capital, Battery Ventures and Iconiq Capital. The round, which brings Sprinklr’s total funding to $123.5 million, values the 700-person company at $1.17 billion. Read more.

• Thrasos Therapeutics, a Montreal-based biotech startup focused on kidney disease, has raised C$21 million in Series D funding. BDC Capital and SR One co-led the round, and were joined by return backers Advanced Technology Ventures, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Lumira Capital, MP Healthcare Venture Management, Pappas Ventures and SW Co.

 Augure, a French provider of influence engagement software, has raised $16 million in new funding. Seventure Partners and Bpifrance were joined by return backers Serena Capital, Ventech,OTC Agregator, and Amundi.

• GlassesUSA, an online retailer specializing in prescription eyewear, has raised $12.5 million in new funding led by Viola Private Equity.

• Advanced Practice Strategies Inc., a Boston-based e-learning and talent management platform for clinicians, has raised $12 million in Series C funding. River Cities Capital Funds led the round, and was joined by return backer Ascension Ventures.

• SmartNews, a Japanese social news aggregation app, has raised $10 million in new VC funding at a $330 million post-money valuation. GREE led the round, and was joined by return backer Atomico, Globis Capital Partners, Mixi and Social Venture Partners. Read more.

• DroneDeploy, a San Francisco-based provider of cloud software for commercial drone operations, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Emergence Capital led the round, and was joined by return backers SoftTech, DataCollective and Angelpad.

• ProsperWorks, a San Francisco-based provider of CRM solutions that are built in or around Google Apps, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. True Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers like Bloomberg Beta and Crunchfund.

• Ready Pulse, a San Carlos, Calif.-based provider of social marketing software, has raised $5 million in Series A funding from Walden Venture Capital and Rally Ventures.

• GoFormz, a San Diego-based mobile-first productivity solution, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Cloud Apps Capital Partners and Floodgate.

• SenionLab AB, a Swedish provider of indoor positioning systems, has raised $1.8 million in new VC funding from SEB Venture Capital.

• Alcidion Corp., an Australian health informatics startup, has raised $1.5 million from Blue Sky Private Equity, Allure Capital and company co-founders Ray Blight and Malcolm Pradhan.

• KeepTrax Inc., a Dallas-based “Internet of Me” mobile tech startup, has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Naya Ventures.


• Ice Mobility, a Los Angeles–based distributor of wireless products, has raised $65 million in new financing co-led by Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Hawthorn Equity Partners.

• Irving Place Capital has acquired Bendon Inc., an Ashland, Ohio–based provider of children’s coloring and activity products, from The Wicks Group for an undisclosed amount.

• Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc., an Ontario–based provider of residential real estate software and services, has raised an undisclosed amount of private equity funding from Vista Equity Partners.

• Marlin Equity Partners has acquired eMDs Inc., an Austin, Texas–based provider of electronic medical record and practice management software and services to ambulatory care organizations. No financial terms were disclosed.

• NewSpring Capital has invested an undisclosed amount in USPack Logistics, a New York-based provider of same-day and next-day delivery services.

• Stone Point Capital has acquired Black Mountain Systems, a San Diego–based provider of data and process management software for asset managers and financial institutions. No financial terms were disclosed.

• TowerBrook Capital Partners has agreed to acquire fashion retailer J.Jill from Arcapita and Golden Gate Capital. No financial terms were disclosed.

• Vector Capital has completed its $9 per share takeover of Saba, a Redwood Shores, Calif.–based provider of cloud-based talent management solutions. The deal gave Saba an enterprise value of approximately $400 million.

• YapStone, a Walnut Creek, Calif.-based provider of web and mobile payment solutions, has secured $60 million in financing from Bregal Sagemount and Comerica Bank.


CoLucid Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based developer of oral and intravenous treatments for migraine and other headache pain, has filed for an $86.25 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol CLCD, with Piper Jaffray and Stifel serving as co-lead underwriters. The pre-revenue company has raised around $56 million in VC funding from firms like TVM Capital Life Science, Novo Ventures, Auriga Partners, Pappas Ventures, Domain Associates, Care Capital, Triathlon Medical Ventures and Pearl Street Ventures.

• Tankships Investment Holdings Inc., a Marshall Islands-based provider of seaborne transportation of crude oil petroleum, has withdrawn registration for a $100 million IPO, due to “market conditions.” It had planned to trade on Nasdaq under ticker symbol TNKS, with DNB Markets serving as sole underwriter. The company is a subsidiary of DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS).

• TransUnion, a Chicago-based credit bureau, has filed for a $100 million IPO. Goldman Sachs is listed as left-lead underwriter (eight other banks also are listed). The company reports a $4.4 million net loss on $1.3 billion in revenue for 2014, compared to a $28.2 million net loss on $1.18 billion in revenue for 2013. Shareholders include Advent International (48.9% pre-IPO stake) and Goldman Sachs (48.9%). Read more.


• Charterhouse Capital Partners has fully exited its investment in British gifts retailer Card Factory PLC (LSE: CARD), via the sale of its remaining 60.6 million shares to institutional investors.

• Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS) has agreed to acquire Norcraft Cos. (NYSE: NCFT), an Eagan, Minn.-based maker of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, for approximately $600 million. Current Norcraft shareholders include Apax Partners (32.5%) and Trimaran Capital Partners (10%).

• GTCR has agreed to sell Fundtech, an Israel–based provider of global payments and transaction banking software, to DH Corp. (TSX: DH) for approximately $1.25 billion.


• The Blackstone Group has agreed to acquire three large hotels – the Ritz Carlton and J.W. Marriott in Orlando and the J.W. Marriott is Scottsdale, Ariz. – for more than $1.2 billion from Paulson & Co., according to the WSJ. Read more.

• Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is prepping a $1 offer to buy the NY Daily News, according to Reuters. Read more.

• Endurance Specialty Holdings (NYSE: ENH) has agreed to acquire reinsurer Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MRH) for approximately $1.83 billion in cash and stock. Read more.

• Philips NV has agreed to sell an 80.1% stake in its lighting components unit for $2.8 billion to an investor consortium led by Go Scale Capital. Read more.

• Snapdeal, an Indian ecommerce company, has acquired a majority stake in RupeePower, an Indian provider of credit cards and loans. No financial terms were disclosed. Read more.

• Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) has agreed to acquire Australia’s Perisher Ski Resort for approximately US$136 million.

• Volkswagen AG said that it is in talks to sell European automobile fleet manager LeasePlan, which is jointly owned by Volkwagon and banker Friedrich von Metzler. Read more.


• The Blackstone Group has closed its latest real estate investment fund with $14.5 billion in capital commitments, according to the WSJ. Read more.


• Rory Cullinan is leaving Royal Bank of Scotland, less than two months after he was named head of its corporate and institutional bank. Read more.

• Paul Fossati has joined Sycamore Partners as a managing director and director of capital markets. He previously was with Morgan Stanley as a managing director in the firm’s leveraged and acquisition finance group.

• Erwin Mock has joined Thoma Bravo as director of capital markets. He previously was a managing director with UBS Investment Bank.

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