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Aeropostale Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a New York-based teen apparel retailer, is “considering raising capital from private equity firms,” according to Reuters. Barclays is managing the process. Private equity firm Sycamore Partners acquired around an 8% stake in the company last

AEA Investors is in “advanced talks” to acquire Gypsum Management and Supply Inc. for more than $700 million, according to Reuters. Other suitors reportedly include Advent International and TPG Capital. GMS is a Tucker, Ga.-based distributor of drywall, acoustical and other specialty building materials.

ARX Equity Partners and Darby Private Equity have acquired Gramex 2000 Kft, a Hungarian manufacturer and bottler of nonalcoholic beverages. No financial terms were

Pure Gym, a British low-cost fitness club chain owned by CCMP Capital, has agreed to merge with rival Gym Group, whose backers include Bridges Ventures and Phoenix Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed.

Battery Ventures has acquired a controlling stake in Data Physics Corp., a San Jose, Calif.-based maker of test and measurement solutions for noise and vibration applications. No financial terms were disclosed.

Bebe Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: BEBE), a Brisbane, Calif.-based women’s apparel designer and retailer, has hired Guggenheim Securities to explore a possible sale to private equity, according to Reuters. The company has a current market cap of approximately $430 million.

B&B Investment Partners has acquired Aromatherapy Associates Ltd., a UK–based provider of branded premium spa and skincare products. No financial terms were disclosed.

High Road Capital Partners has acquired General Tools & Instruments LLC, a New York–based maker of specialty hand tools and electronic test instruments for consumers and professionals. No financial terms were disclosed.

Huron Capital Partners has formed Albireo Energy, an acquisition platform focused on niche energy service providers with annual revenue of at least $15 million. It will be led by Phil Bomrad, the former CEO of  Clean Urban Energy. Huron did not disclose the size of its equity

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has agreed to acquire National Vision Inc., a Lawrenceville, Ga.–based value retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, from Berkshire Partners. No financial termswere disclosed.

Longroad Asset Management has acquired Blue Bell Mattress Company LLC, an East Windsor, Conn.–based licensee of the King Koil mattress brand. It also provides both private label inner spring and hybrid mattresses to retailers. No financial terms were disclosed.

Pelican Products Inc., a Torrance, Calif.–based maker of protective case solutions and portable lighting systems, has acquired Cool Logistics, a UK-based provider of temperature controlled packaging solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Pelican Products is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital.

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  • Pelican Products Inc., a protective case maker owned by Behrman Capital, has acquired Minnesota Thermal Science, a Plymouth, Minn.–based provider of global temperature controlled transportation products. No financial terms were disclosed.
  • Triple Point Technology, a Westport, Conn.–based provider of cloud and on-premise commodity management software, has acquired WAM Systems, a Plymouth Meeting, Penn.–based provider of supply chain planning and optimization solutions for process manufacturing industries. No financialterms were disclosed. Triple Point backers include Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, JMI Equity and ABRY Partners. WAM had raised VC funding from such groups as Edison Venture Fund and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
  • Trive Capital has acquired Precise Packaging Inc., a Fall River, Mass.–based manufacturer of complex pressurized spray products. No financial terms were disclosed.



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