Alpine Investors to exit Vionic

Caleres said Oct. 18 that it agreed to buy Vionic Group for $360 million. Vionic, of San Rafael, California, designs and makes speciality footwear and footcare products. Alpine Investors invested in Vionic in 2012. PRESS RELEASE ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Caleres (NYSE: CAL) (caleres.com), a diverse portfolio of global footwear brands, today announced it has acquired Vionic Group for $360 million, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition of Vionic allows Caleres to continue to expand its Brand Portfolio and gives it additional access to the growing contemporary comfort footwear category.

“The acquisition of Vionic is another fantastic opportunity to add a growing brand – with strong consumer loyalty and a solid cultural fit – to our Brand Portfolio,” said Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “The brand has already proven to be a disruptive addition to the industry, as the dynamic Vionic team has blended

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Vector to sell Triton to E.W. Scripps for $150 mln

E.W. Scripps Co said Oct. 17 that it is buying Triton for $150 million. Vector Capital is the seller. Triton, of Sherman Oaks, California, provides software to the digital audio marketplace. Moelis & Company advised Triton. PRESS RELEASE CINCINNATI – The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is acquiring Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services, helping Scripps advance its strategies for near- and long-term value creation.
Triton serves the growing digital audio marketplace through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business- to-business revenue model. Triton powers or measures streaming music and podcasting for many of the biggest names in audio, including Pandora, Spotify, NPR, iHeart, Entercom, Cumulus, Prisa (Spain), Mediacorp (Singapore) and Karnaval (Turkey).
Triton’s infrastructure and ad-serving solutions deliver live and on-demand audio streams and insert advertisements into those streams. Triton’s data and measurement service is recognized as the currency by which publishers sell digital audio advertising.
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Warburg leads funding round for Capillary Technologies

Capillary Technologies said Oct. 18 that it raised a round of funding led by Warburg Pincus. Financial terms weren’t announced. Capillary, of Shanghai, provides AI-based omnichannel consumer loyalty, engagement and analytics services. PRESS RELEASE SHANGHAI, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Capillary Technologies, a leading AI-based omnichannel consumer loyalty, engagement and analytics provider, announced today that it has completed a new round of financing led by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The fresh round of funds will be used in part to expand its sales/delivery network and product offerings across China. With its China operations Headquartered in Shanghai and with additional China offices in Guangzhouand Changsha, Capillary Technologies provides AI based omnichannel consumer loyalty, engagement and analytics solutions that are purpose built and integrated into the fast developing ‘new retail’ paradigm in emerging markets in Asia, including in China. In just a few years, the new retail solution provider has grown to serve large and popular consumer
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Capital Dynamics to buy 50 pct of GE’s Whiteside Hill Wind Farm

Capital Dynamics agreed to buy a 50 percent stake in Whiteside Hill Wind Farm from GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. White Hill, of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, consists of ten GE 2.85 turbines with a total installed capacity of 28.5 Megawatts. PRESS RELEASE LONDON, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, today announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (“CEI”) business has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 50 percent equity stake in Whiteside Hill Wind Farm (“Whiteside Hill”) from GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Whiteside Hill, located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, consists of ten GE 2.85 turbines with a total installed capacity of 28.5 Megawatts (MW). Whiteside Hill has been operational since March 2018 and is expected to be accredited under the UK Renewables
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Corviglia Capital Fund launches with $500 mln target

Petr Šmída and Cezary Smorszczewski have launched Corviglia Capital Fund, a fintech growth pool that is seeking $500 million in capital commitments. The fund has secured $250 million in a first close. Šmída co-founded ENERN, an Eastern European/DACH venture capital firm which has invested in 20 tech companies. Smorszczewski co-founded and is the former deputy-CEO of Alior Bank. The fund will make minority investments in financial services and banking. PRESS RELEASE Luxembourg/London/Berlin, October 17, 2018 – Corviglia Capital Fund, a global fintech growth equity investor, launched today with a target of $500M in capital commitments. The fund was established in Luxembourg by two experienced entrepreneurs and executives – Petr Šmída and Cezary Smorszczewski – who each managed financial institutions valued at $10B. Building its presence in London and Berlin, the fund aims to deploy $250M in the first three years, which has already been secured in the first closing.
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Aakash Chemicals buys Sandream Impact

Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs Inc, a portfolio company of CenterOak Partners LLC, bought Sandream Impact LLC. Financial terms weren’t announced. Sandream Impact, of Fairfield, New Jersey, supplies colorants and other specialty chemicals to the cosmetic, personal care, and nutritional markets. PRESS RELEASE DALLAS, TX, October 17, 2018 — CenterOak Partners LLC (“CenterOak”), a Dallas-based private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs, Inc. (“Aakash Chemicals”) acquired Sandream Impact, LLC (“Sandream Impact” or the “Company”). Based in Fairfield, N.J., Sandream Impact is a value-added supplier of colorants and other specialty chemicals to the cosmetic, personal care, and nutritional markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Sandream Impact serves a broad base of customers across the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering a comprehensive line of pearlescent pigments, nutraceuticals, and cosmetic actives. The acquisition of Sandream Impact by Aakash Chemicals brings a
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Kogniz raises $4 mln seed round

Kogniz said Oct. 16 that it raised $4 million in a seed round led by The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. Also participating were Tom Chavez, Auren Hoffman, and other investors focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence. Kogniz, of San Francisco, is developing a suite of products that use computer vision and AI to enhance security, safety and efficiency in any physical environment. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 16, 2018 – Kogniz, a California-based technology company, today announced a $4M seed financing round led by The Entrepreneurs’ Fund, Tom Chavez (Krux acquired by Salesforce.com), Auren Hoffman (Liveramp acquired by Acxiom), and other industry investors who are uniquely focused on machine learning and artificial intelligence. After 24 months of development, the Kogniz team has launched its first suite of products that use computer vision and AI to enhance security, safety and efficiency in any physical environment. Kogniz cameras
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Centre Partners invests in Guy & O’Neill

Centre Partners said Oct. 16 that it invested in Guy & O’Neill Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Guy & O’Neill, of Fredonia, Wisconsin, makes and develop household cleaning and personal care products. PRESS RELEASE New York, October 16, 2018 – Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, today announced that it has made an investment in Guy & O’Neill, Inc. (“Guy & O’Neill”), a premier manufacturer and developer of household cleaning and personal care products. Centre’s investment, financial terms of which were not disclosed, was made alongside the Company’s senior management team, which will continue to own a meaningful stake and lead the business under Centre’s ownership. Founded in 1975, Guy & O’Neill provides a one-stop shop solution for blending, liquid-fill, converting and packaging needs for leading consumer packaged goods companies and retailers. Guy & O’Neill’s state-of-the-art production facilities and operational
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Great Range Capital sells Mountain Valley Spring Co for $78.5 mln

DS Services, a subsidiary of Cott Corp, has acquired Mountain Valley Spring Co for $78.5 million from Great Range Capital. Mountain Valley is a brand of spring and sparkling water. PRESS RELEASE TORONTO, ON and TAMPA, FL, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT) (TSX:BCB) today announced that DS Services, a Cott Corporation subsidiary, acquired The Mountain Valley Spring Company (“Mountain Valley”) for $78.5 million in cash from Great Range Capital.
Mountain Valley is a fast-growing American brand of spring and sparkling water and is one of the most recognized home and office distribution (“HOD”) brands in the United States.  It has been bottling in glass continuously since 1871, with one production facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and four protected and owned springs in the Ouachita Mountains with excess capacity to supply long-term demand.  Channels of business include HOD, the natural food channel, on-premise, E-commerce and strategic contract packing.
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Summit Partners invests $67 mln in Syncron

Syncron said Oct. 16 that Summit Partners has made a $67 million minority investment. Syncron, of Stockholm, provides cloud-based after-sales service solutions for manufacturers. PRESS RELEASE Syncron Announces $67 Million Growth Investment from Summit Partners to Fuel Manufacturers’ Journey to Servitization   Investment supports Syncron’s vision to empower manufacturers to shift from reactive, break-fix after-sales service to a new paradigm focused on maximized product uptime   STOCKHOLM and ATLANTA, 16 Oct. 2018 – Syncron™, a provider of cloud-based after-sales service solutions focused on empowering the world’s leading manufacturers to maximize product uptime and deliver exceptional customer experiences, today announced a $67 million minority investment from global growth equity firm Summit Partners. The partnership with Summit Partners will support Syncron’s continued development of its category-leading enterprise SaaS solutions and further expansion of its global operations.   Servitization – where organizations transition from selling one-off products to selling the output or
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Platinum Equity to exit Exterion Media

Global, the U.K. radio group, has agreed to buy Exterion Media Group. Platinum Equity is the seller. Exterion, of London, provides media solutions including billboards, displays on buses and national railways. The deal is valued at 400 million pounds, according to press reports. Mark Boidman of PJ Solomon, along with Goldman Sachs, advised Exterion. PRESS RELEASE Oct 12 — GLOBAL MAKES BINDING OFFER TO ACQUIRE EXTERION MEDIA
GLOBAL MAKES BINDING OFFER TO ACQUIRE EXTERION MEDIA
FOLLOWING THEIR RECENT ACQUISITION OF PRIMESIGHT AND OUTDOOR PLUS INCREASING GLOBAL’S PUSH INTO OUTDOOR MEDIA
Global, the Media & Entertainment Group founded by Ashley Tabor OBE, owner of Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Capital XTRA and Radio X, has enhanced its recent acquisitions of Primesight and Outdoor Plus, with the binding offer to acquire Exterion Media.
Exterion Media is the No 1 media owner in the UK’s transport sector and operates market leading
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Carlyle, Meinian Onehealth Healthcare invest in Adicon Holding

Carlyle Group and Meinian Onehealth Healthcare have invested in Adicon Holding Ltd. Financial terms weren’t announced. Adicon operates 20 diagnostic laboratories in China, offering diagnostic testing outsourcing services to more than 10,000 active customers, including hospitals, clinics and contract research organizations (CROs) in 28 provinces. PRESS RELEASE Hangzhou, China – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that it, together with Meinian Onehealth Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd., has invested in and become the single largest shareholder of, Adicon Holding Limited, one of the largest independent clinical laboratory (ICL) companies in China. Equity for the investment came from Carlyle Asia Partners V, Carlyle’s flagship US$6.55 billion fund focused on buyout and strategic investments across a range of sectors in Asia Pacific. Established in 2004, Adicon operates 20 fully-owned diagnostic laboratories in China, offering diagnostic testing outsourcing services to more than 10,000 active customers, including hospitals, clinics
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Carlyle, Meinian Onehealth Healthcare invest in Adicon Holding

Carlyle Group and Meinian Onehealth Healthcare have invested in Adicon Holding Ltd. Financial terms weren’t announced. Adicon operates 20 diagnostic laboratories in China, offering diagnostic testing outsourcing services to more than 10,000 active customers, including hospitals, clinics and contract research organizations (CROs) in 28 provinces. PRESS RELEASE Hangzhou, China – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that it, together with Meinian Onehealth Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd., has invested in and become the single largest shareholder of, Adicon Holding Limited, one of the largest independent clinical laboratory (ICL) companies in China. Equity for the investment came from Carlyle Asia Partners V, Carlyle’s flagship US$6.55 billion fund focused on buyout and strategic investments across a range of sectors in Asia Pacific. Established in 2004, Adicon operates 20 fully-owned diagnostic laboratories in China, offering diagnostic testing outsourcing services to more than 10,000 active customers, including hospitals, clinics
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Carlyle to buy Apollo Aviation Group

Carlyle Group said Oct. 15 that it agreed to buy Apollo Aviation Group (AAG), which has $5.6 billion in assets under management including 243 aircraft owned, managed or committed to purchase. AAG will become a new business line, operating as Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd., within Carlyle’s Global Credit Segment. PRESS RELEASE New York, NY – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire 100% of Apollo Aviation Group (AAG), a global commercial aviation investment and servicing firm with $5.6 billion in assets under management including 243 aircraft owned, managed or committed to purchase. AAG will become a new business line, operating as Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd., within Carlyle’s Global Credit Segment. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close no later than January 31, 2019. Established in 2002, AAG raises closed-end funds from limited
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Carlyle to buy Apollo Aviation Group

Carlyle Group said Oct. 15 that it agreed to buy Apollo Aviation Group (AAG), which has $5.6 billion in assets under management including 243 aircraft owned, managed or committed to purchase. AAG will become a new business line, operating as Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd., within Carlyle’s Global Credit Segment. PRESS RELEASE New York, NY – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire 100% of Apollo Aviation Group (AAG), a global commercial aviation investment and servicing firm with $5.6 billion in assets under management including 243 aircraft owned, managed or committed to purchase. AAG will become a new business line, operating as Carlyle Aviation Partners Ltd., within Carlyle’s Global Credit Segment. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close no later than January 31, 2019. Established in 2002, AAG raises closed-end funds from limited
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