Profile of Platinum Equity plus list of recent M&A deals in December!

Here is today’s list of M&A deals that closed recently:

  • Amgen, Inc Acquired deCODE genetics
  • Golden Gate Capital Acquired Ex Libris
  • Gores Technology Group LLC Acquired Harris Broadcast Communications
  • Group 1 Automotive, Inc Acquired Rivertown Ford
  • Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Acquired Heritage Bank
  • Hertzbach & Company, P.A. Acquired Connor & Loubier CPAS, LLC
  • InComm Acquired Adility
  • Intermec Inc. Acquired Honeywell International Inc
  • Laurus Corporation Acquired Sofitel
  • The Clark Group Inc. Acquired Preprint Logistics Management Inc
  • VizStar, Inc Acquired Kimberly Parry Corporation
  • William Lyon Homes Acquired Village Homes

If you have a great deal (i.e. great vs. good), let me introduce you to one of my friends that is a partner in Venture Capital, Private Equity, or other type of investor.  Based on the Gores Technology Group LLC deal, I picked his brother’s company Platinum Equity to profile.  Contact me at to let me tell you why I love this private equity firm and how Roger House can fast track your deal to get done in under 45 days!


Platinum Equity

KEY CONTACT ROGER HOUSE (from Platinum’s website):

Roger House established and currently oversees all of Platinum’s new acquisition screening efforts and its department of associates. He is responsible for driving growth through acquisitions, analyzing and assessing opportunities, managing the transaction process and working with the Business Development department to coordinate overall M&A&O  strategy.

Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 1997, Mr. House was an executive in the office products industry. Mr. House also provided consultation and project management services to Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO Tom Gores in the formal establishment of Platinum.

Mr. House graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Finance.

RECENT PLATINUM EQUITY DEAL (from press release):

Peoria, Ill. – Catepillar Inc (NYSE: CAT) and Platinum Equity announced today that Platinum Equity’s acquisition of a majority interest in Caterpillar Logistics Services has been completed. Caterpillar will retain a 35 percent equity stake in the business. The overall transaction is valued at approximately $750 million.

Caterpillar Logistics Services is the third party logistics division of Caterpillar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Caterpillar Logistics Inc. (Cat Logistics). Platinum intends to establish the business as a standalone company under a new brand that will be announced at a later date.

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Platinum Equity , the Los Angeles-based buyout firm that owns a stake in the Detroit Pistons , has closed on $1.75 billion so far for its third buyout fund, according to two people with knowledge of the fund.

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M&A Deals that closed recently plus profile of ClearLight Partners

Let us help you look at deals that closed in your space.  Here is a list of deals just announced:

  • Birko Corporation Acquired Espy Technologies Inc
  • Borden Hamman Agency Inc Acquired Barry J. Fisher Insurance Marketing Inc
  • C.J. Brown Realtors Acquired M.A. Allen
  • Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc Acquired Faith Prosthetic-Orthotic Services Inc
  • Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc Acquired SCOPE Orthotics & Prosthetics
  • Jannsen & Company Acquired TBG Networks
  • Max Sound Corporation Acquired Liquid Spins Inc
  • Perdue Partners LLC Acquired Benton Express, Inc.
  • Quad/Graphics Acquired Vertis Inc.
  • Rocket Farms Inc Acquired Herbthyme Farms

Do you have $4 million plus in EBITDA?  Let us introduce you to partner at private equity firm such as ClearLight Partners.  Just check my LinkedIn profile for great introductions: 


ClearLight Partners LLC Profile:

ClearLight’s heritage, dating back to the 1980’s, consists of investing in and then growing a diverse collection of operating businesses on behalf of a large, highly regarded public company. As operators, we successfully grew small companies into mid-size market leading companies. We also developed many successful investments as a holding company. Through these experiences, we developed a strong, long-term relationship with our investor, who nearly three decades later remains our sole limited partner. The backing, agility and autonomy provided by this structure has proven effective in positioning ClearLight as a different sort of capital partner – unusually patient and operator-centric – for growing middle-market companies.

As the capital partner for a growing business, we seek to:

• Serve as a thoughtful and experienced sounding board for
discussing management’s ideas
• Help management respond to challenges and opportunities with
understanding, fresh ideas and a long-term viewpoint
• Invest in building lasting value and growing profits

To date, our principals have partnered with over 30 privately held businesses. Our team of investment professionals has assisted these businesses and their management teams in reaching a variety of objectives:

• Diversifying family wealth and providing shareholder liquidity
• Facilitating leadership succession
• Accelerating internal and external company growth
• Developing strategic plans
• Creating potential tax advantages from financial structure
• Accessing high-level contacts and best practices

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TopAlphaCapital deal being pitched at Jan. 9th deal night!

PRESS RELEASE Join Release, Red Hook Capital and TopAlphaCapitl

San Diego, CA – December, 10th 2012

Red Hook Capital is please to announce that TopAlphaCapital will allowing accredited investors to co-invest with them in their portfolio company, Starcom Systems, in the next series of investing.  An overview of the deal will be provide at the Investor Network Conference on January 9th in San Diego, CA.

Red Hook Capital will host an Investor Conference to provide deals to accredited investors and institutional investors.  Investor Network’s event provides Red Hook Capital an opportunity to help great deals that do not meet our $5 million plus in EBITDA requirement.  JD Morris of Red Hook Capital, says “We are happy to present Starcom Systems at our conference and very happy that TopAlphaCapital continues to share with us great investment opportunities.”

Asaf Poral of TopAlphaCapital, says “We provide capital to Starcom Systems under our convertible debt program and have converted our debt to equity after seeing continued positive results for Starcom Systems with our first investment earlier this year.”   Starcom Systems offers GPS location based services and products.  For example, Watchlock is a clever combination of a high security padlock and an electronic alarm system, that provide information about its location, any opening and closing of the lock as well any attempt t o break the lock.  A real time alert and monitoring worldwide.

To RSVP for the event send e-mail to plus we have room for two more deals. More information at:

About Red Hook Capital

We provide to private companies creative capital, structured for each investment opportunity. Our wealth of experience, industry expertise, deep operating skill sets and large global network of affiliated partners position us as a vital resource from which management can draw strategic, financial and operational guidance.

About Starcom Systems

Starcom Systems is a global company specializing in easy-to-use, practical wireless solutions for the protection and management of people, fleets of vehicles, containers and assets. Starcom Systems’ solution, like the GPS tracking systems, combines advanced technology, telecommunications and digital data. The systems provide an integral and complete solution, consisting of unique software and innovative equipment.

About TopAlphaCapital

TopAlphaCapital is a boutique financial services company providing a complex of services, dealing directly and through subsidiaries in the following fields: nostro account investments in public and private companies, capital raising, brokerage services, distribution services, reverse mergers to public shells, bridge loans and investment banking.  TopAlphaCapital specializes in locating and investing in growth stage companies in Israel.


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Deals do happen in December plus profile of BlueRun Ventures

Deals do get done in December.  Have a great deal? What an introduction to BlueRun Ventures or many of our other VC and Private Equity friends? Just check my LinkedIn profile for great introductions: 


  • AppFirs $8.7 million Series B round
  • ClickFuel $4 million Series B round
  • Cloudera $65 million series E round
  • Flexion Therapeutics Inc. $25 million series B round
  • Kapow Events $1.6 million series A round
  • Kona Medical $10 million series C round
  • Restore Medical Solutions $2.5 million A round
  • Zafgen $21 million series D round



About BlueRun Ventures:

BlueRun Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on mobile opportunities in key global markets.  Since inception, BlueRun has focused on working with mobile startups to shape the ever-evolving ecosystem.  We choose key geographic markets where mobile is a driving force in the way consumers and businesses interact with each other.  Today, we have offices in Menlo Park, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.

Mobile today

Mobile is today’s pervasive computing platform and will only continue to grow, overtaking desktops and traditional software.  At BlueRun, we think of the mobile ecosystem as more than just devices.  Mobile embodies software and services, platforms and applications, infrastructure and brands.  It is the first and most often used computing interface for consumers and therefore integral to their lives.  The opportunities we see in the ecosystem are just beginning to unfold and we look for passionate entrepreneurs who will make those opportunities a reality.

How we work

We focus on early stage opportunities and we work actively with our companies to build value.  The investment is just the beginning.  Our investments are partnerships and we help our entrepreneurs reach their goals of bringing disruptive,positive change to existing markets.

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Blue Run Venture Investments

Funding Deals of the Day! Plus news on VC GroTech Ventures!

  Metro Area City Industry Spending On
DURECT Corporation Bay Area, CA Cupertino, CA Bio/Health $12.6M;Undisclosed
Webster Financial Corporation Hartford, CT Waterbury, CT Finance $100M;Undisclosed
Agree Realty Corporation Detroit, MI Farmington Hills, MI Finance $25M;Undisclosed
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc Baltimore, MD Timonium, MD Finance $700M;Multiple
Biomatrica Inc San Diego, CA San Diego, CA Services $5M;Undisclosed
Cloudera Inc Bay Area, CA Palo Alto, CA Software $65M;Fund Global Expansion
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Energy $500M;Multiple
AppFirst New York City, NY New York City, NY Software $8.7M;Multiple
MGM Resorts International Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Services $1250M;Multiple
Avelas Biosciences Bay Area, CA La Jolla, CA Bio/Health $7.65M;Advance Avelas Cancer Illuminator
Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. Boston, MA Cambridge, MA Bio/Health $40M;Advance Development Of New Biotherapeutic Mod
Naya Ventures Dallas, TX Irving, TX Finance $50M;Undisclosed

Contact me at for a list of closed funding in your space or more information on the above deals. Need an introduction to VC firm, contact me at as we can introduce you to VC Partners as firms such as GroTech Ventures.


Grotech Ventures – a Mid-Atlantic venture capital firm – has been selected as the first private venture firm to receive funds to invest through Maryland’s $84 million InvestMaryland program. As part of the agreement, Grotech Ventures will have $12 million to invest in promising early-stage companies and, if successful, will return 100 percent of the principal and 80 percent of the profits to the State’s general fund. Created by Governor O’Malley and passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2011, InvestMaryland is an historic initiative to fuel Maryland’s Innovation Economy, support entrepreneurs and stimulate the economy and job creation.

“We look forward to working with a high-caliber firm like Grotech Ventures to strengthen Maryland’s Innovation Economy,” said Governor O’Malley. “Through partners like Grotech and other venture firms that will invest these funds in the jobs of tomorrow, we continue to prove that Maryland remains on the cutting edge of innovation, and that our greatest assets are the talents, skills, creativity, ingenuity, and education of our people.”

“The Maryland Venture Fund Authority, in partnership with the Department of Business and Economic Development, selected Grotech because of its long history investing in early-stage technology companies in Maryland and overall solid record of investment,” said Greenleaf, who is also President of Gaithersburg-based MedImmune. “The State’s investments through InvestMaryland will help attract significant follow-on capital from the private sector, create well-paying jobs and support a wide range of companies in biotechnology, information technology, green energy and other targeted industries.”

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M&A deals of the day! Plus AutoNation Inc. leads the charge on M&A for the day!

Contact me at for valuation or list of companies list of deals done in your space.  Here is our list of M&A deals of the day:


  • Prospect Brands Acquired Gerbing s Heated Clothing, Inc.
  • Bank of America Corporation Acquired HealthLogic Systems Corporation
  • Athena Real Estate, LLC Acquired Morningside R.V. Estates
  • Investview Inc. Acquired SAFE Management, LLC
  • States Industries Acquired Drawer Box Specialties
  • Tencarva Machinery Company Acquired Southern Sales Co. Inc
  • The Suddath Companies Acquired Cali America Logistics
  • EVO Payments Internationa Acquired PowerPay
  • Epoch Investment Partners Inc Acquired TD Bank Group
  • Bevilacqua-Knight Inc Acquired Geltz Communications Inc
  • HealthcareSource. Acquired NetLearning
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Park Cities Volkswagen
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Boardwalk Porsche
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram


Boardwalk Auto Group has signed agreement to sell its Audi, Porsche and three Volkswagen stores in the Dallas area to AutoNation Inc., the Florida-based chain of automotive dealerships.

AutoNation also agreed to buy Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in the Houston area.

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20+ M&A Deals plus Rona says looking to sell assets

Here are 20+ M&A deals as of today plus news about Rona selling assets. If you want detailed information in your industry, e-mail me at anytime.

NEWS: Rona says looking to sell assets

Canadian hardware retailer and distributor Rona Inc will sell assets and simplify its operations as part of a back-to-its-roots strategy designed to turn its fortunes around, the company’s interim chief executive said on Thursday.

Dominique Boies, who took the reins at Rona following last month’s exit of long-time CEO Robert Dutton, said he plans to bring profit margins in line with industry standards with his changes, which will shift the company’s focus back to its roots as a hardware distributor.

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Always keep an eye on your core or roots business!

Investment Roots


  • Wind Point Partners Acquired Hilex Poly Co LLC
  • Baxter International Inc. Acquired Gambro Renal Products
  • Parallon Business Solutions Acquired Martin Fletcher
  • Citrix Systems, Inc Acquired Zenprise Inc
  • GHX Industrial, LLC Acquired Express Hose & Fittings II, LLC
  • Forum Energy Technologies Acquired Merrimac Manufacturing Inc.
  • Moss Adams LLP Acquired Mohler Nixon & Williams
  • Univar Acquired Magnablend Inc
  • NewBay Media LLC Acquired Intent Media
  • Commodore Builders Acquired A.J. Martini Inc
  • Constellation Software Inc. Acquired Honeywell POMS Corp.
  • PetroSkills LLC Acquired John M. Campbell & Company
  • International Business Machines – IBM Acquired Kenexa Corporation
  • Nuance Communications Inc. Acquired Ditech Networks Inc
  • Young Innovations Inc. Acquired Linden Capital Partners
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Acquired Brendis and Brendis
  • GDT TEK Inc. Acquired Green USA Recycling Corp
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Boardwalk Audi
  • OppenheimerFunds Acquired SteelPath
  • ICV Partners Acquired SAFE Security, Inc
  • C&C Homecare, Inc. Acquired Allcare Medical
  • Hyland Software Acquired SIRE Technologies Inc
  • AOL LLC Acquired Buysight, Inc

If you want detailed information in your industry or deals, e-mail me at anytime. For Example, the AOL deal:

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AOL’s Group today announced that it has strengthened its premium advertising product offering by acquiring Buysight, Inc., a leading provider of retargeting and intent-based targeted advertising.

This transaction further solidifies the Group as a global leader in advertising technologies across display, mobile and video. The Group is the global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands, and includes, ADTECH, The AOL On Network, goviral and Pictela. The Group brings together end-to-end platforms and solutions for publishers and advertisers spanning ad serving, monetization, optimization, and premium advertising formats across all mediums including desktop, mobile, tablets and connected TVs.

“Our acquisition of Buysight is the perfect complement to our powerful suite of offerings for advertisers, agencies and publishers seeking to maximize their brands online,” said Ned Brody, CEO, Group. “We strongly believe that both brand and performance display, as well as mobile and video campaigns benefit from dynamic, targeted creatives and messaging. The acquisition of Buysight brings proven Dynamic Creative Optimization and machine learning capabilities which will further enhance AdLearn, our market-leading optimization engine, and its ability to provide brands and performance marketers a comprehensive and integrated optimization solution across channels.”

Based in Sunnyvale, California and founded in 2008, Buysight is a performance advertising company focused on retargeting using intent-based Dynamic Creative Optimization and advanced machine learning technology. More specifically, Buysight transforms online data into actionable knowledge, and uses it to dynamically render more tailored advertising experiences for marketers and consumers alike, all in real-time.

“Buysight is thrilled to become part of AOL and the Group,” said Armin Ebrahimi, CEO of Buysight. “The Group’s platforms bring even greater intelligence and scale to Buysight’s data-driven performance advertising business. Our retargeting and mid-funnel advertising products for online retailers, with the added power and reach of, represent best-in-class solutions and a comprehensive approach to driving real revenue gains for our clients. Our entire team is looking forward to being part of the Group and bringing our expertise to the world’s leading publishers, advertisers, and agencies.”