Consumer sector comment – July 2013

This month saw the acquisition by Phoenix Equity Partners of a majority stake in budget gym operator, The Gym, from Bridges who retained a 25% stake in the business. Value for the deal is estimated at £90-100 million, with

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Healthcare sector comment – June 2013

June saw the completion of 13 deals in the UK healthcare market. An interesting deal was Lyceum Capital’s acquisition of CuroCare, the provider of support to individuals with learning disabilities, mental health needs and challenging behaviours. The company has

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Consumer sector comment – June 2013

Deal activity in branded food and multichannel. The branded food space continued to see plenty of activity, including a couple of interesting cross-border transactions. Ella’s Kitchen, the manufacturer of premium organic baby food was acquired by US group, Hain

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Chemicals sector comment – June 2013

Croda International plc has completed the acquisition of the Specialty Products business of US company Arizona Chemical. The acquisition will add a portfolio of class leading oil gelling polymers to Croda’s business and will further expand its footprint in

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Industrials sector comment – June 2013

Clearwater’s Industrial Team is delighted to announce our latest transaction in the industrial sector. Food Industry technical (FIT) is a leader in the area of kitchen energy management control, combining airflow measurement, data logging through remote access, energy monitoring

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Consumer sector comment – May 2013

This month has seen a flurry of activity in the food and restaurant sectors, especially from private equity. PAI Partners acquired R&R Ice Cream, the largest European private label ice cream manufacturer for an estimated £717 million from Oaktree

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Healthcare Sector Comment – April 2013

April saw the completion of 12 deals in the UK healthcare market. An interesting announcement this month was Bridgepoint’s acquisition of Oasis Healthcare, from private equity firm Duke Street Capital, for £185m. Oasis, which was founded in 1996, operates

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Consumer sector comment – April 2013

A transaction, which caught everyone’s eye in the consumer space this month was Tesco’s acquisition of the Giraffe chain of restaurants for £48.6 million from Risk Capital Partner (RCP) and 3i. Risk Capital Partners sold its minority stake as

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Healthcare sector comment – March 2013

March saw the completion of 14 deals in the UK healthcare market. An interesting announcement was Voyage Care’s acquisition of Independent Living Group (ILG). Hermes Private equity acquired ILG, and its 43 care homes, back in 2006, at the

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Consumer sector comment – March 2013

A couple of transactions last month highlighted the continuing attraction of strong British brands to both private equity and trade, based on their potential for international development. Lion Capital acquired hair straightener brand, GHD for £300 million and Iconix

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