Columbia West Capital News - Southwest Deal Intelligence
11.25.14 Arizona Deal Intelligence - October 2014


This report is prepared as a courtesy to the Arizona business community by Columbia West Capital based on our research and information collected by our firm. Despite our dedicated efforts, occasionally a deal might be missed or appropriate credit not given to legal or financial advisors. Please feel free to contact us if you have information on a transaction that you want to ensure is included and credit attributed to appropriate advisors. Also, feel free to forward to others who may have interest; they can be added to the regular distribution by contacting our office. Our contact information is below.  

M&A - Strategic  

10/1/2014 Michael J. Hennessy & Associates, Inc. acquired CURE Media Group L.P. from McKesson Specialty Health for an undisclosed amount. McKesson Specialty Health, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, distributes specialty drugs to physicians and other healthcare providers in the United States.   

10/1/2014 Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) acquired Rainbow Environmental Services, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Republic Services, based in Phoenix, Arizona, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico.   

10/1/2014 Knight Transportation Inc. (NYSE:KNX) acquired Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc. for approximately $115.9 million. Knight Transportation, based in Phoenix, Arizona, operates as a short to medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities primarily in the United States. Scudder Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. served as legal advisor to Knight Transportation.   

10/3/2014 Nature's Products, Inc. acquired the assets of Nutri-Health Supplements LLC from Atrium Innovations, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Nutri-Health Supplements, based in Cottonwood, Arizona, manufactures and markets nutritional health supplements.   

10/3/2014 MemorialCare Medical Foundation acquired the remaining 49% stake in Wave Imaging, LLC from Verde Valley Medical Imaging Center for an undisclosed amount. Verde Valley Medical Center, based in Cottonwood, Arizona, owns and operates healthcare facilities in North Central Arizona.   

10/7/2014 ECHL Inc. acquired Central Hockey League, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Central Hockey League, based in Tempe, Arizona, operates member clubs' professional hockey leagues.   

10/8/2014 Nortek Inc. (NasdaqGS:NTK) acquired the HVAC equipment distribution business from Phoenix Wholesale, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Phoenix Wholesale is a HVAC wholesaler based in Phoenix, Arizona.  

10/14/2014 Navigator Management Partners LLC acquired the consulting services division from The rSmart Group Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The consulting services division of The rSmart Group offers IT consulting services and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, KualiCo. acquired the SaaS business of The rSmart Group for an undisclosed amount. KualiCo., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers open source administrative software solutions using SaaS technologies for higher education.   

10/14/2014 StringCan Interactive acquired Baked & Branded, LLC for an undisclosed amount. StringCan, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, operates as a digital marketing and technology agency.   

10/14/2014 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (DB:SIE) entered into an agreement to acquire Camstar Systems, Inc. from Grayhawk Capital, LLC andHarbourVest Partners, LLC for an undisclosed amount. Grayhawk Capital is a venture capital firm based in Phoenix, Arizona.   

10/16/2014 CEC Entertainment Inc. acquired Peter Piper, Inc. from ACON Investments, L.L.C. for an undisclosed amount. Peter Piper, based in Phoenix, Arizona, operates a chain of pizza and entertainment restaurants. Hogan Lovells served as legal advisor to Peter Piper.   

10/16/2014 Global Indemnity Group, Inc. agreed to acquire American Reliable Insurance Company from Assurant Specialty Property for approximately $393.7 million. American Reliable Insurance Company, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a property and casualty insurance company that provides home, auto, and watercraft insurance services.   

10/16/2014 Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. acquired Incentive Lab, LLC for an undisclosed amount. Incentive Lab, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, operates as a data and analytics firm that focuses on executive compensation plans.   

10/21/2014 Amtech Systems Inc. (NasdaqGS:ASYS) entered into an agreement to acquire BTU International Inc. (NasdaqGM:BTUI) for $31.9 million in stock. Amtech Systems, based in Tempe, Arizona, designs, assembles, sells, and installs capital equipment and related consumables used in the manufacture of wafers, primarily for the solar and semiconductor industries worldwide. Squire Patton Boggs LLP is serving as legal advisor to Amtech Systems.   

10/22/2014 LAI International, Inc. acquired Zak Incorporated for an undisclosed amount. LAI International, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, manufactures precision-engineered finished parts, components, and subassemblies for aerospace, power generation, defense, medical, electronics, and other advanced technology industries worldwide.   

10/23/2014 Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NasdaqGS:NXST) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of KASW-TV, Inc. from Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) and SagamoreHill of Phoenix, LLC for $68.0 million. KASW-TV is a WB network affiliated television broadcasting station that serves and is located in Phoenix, Arizona.   

10/27/2014 Lee & Associates Licensing and Administration Co., LLCacquired Bitzer Real Estate Partners LLC for an undisclosed amount. Lee & Associates, based in Phoenix, Arizona, provides commercial real estate brokerage services in the United States.   

10/28/2014 Phoenix Internet acquired Last Mile Communications, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Phoenix Internet, based in Phoenix, Arizona, provides broadband connectivity and web hosting services. Last Mile Communications, based in Gilbert, Arizona, provides fixed-point wireless Internet services.   

10/29/2014 JBW Entertainment, LLC acquired Girari Event Rentals for an undisclosed amount. JBW Entertainment, based in Phoenix, Arizona, offers event furniture and décor rental services.   

10/29/2014 WESCO Corp. acquired Leading Edge Auto Refinishes, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Leading Edge Auto Refinishes, based in Tempe, Arizona, distributes automotive paints.   

M&A - Financial

10/10/2014 Andrew Barroway agreed to acquire a 51% stake in PhoenixCoyotes Hockey Club LLC from Renaissance Sports and Entertainment Group for approximately $152.5 million. Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club, based in Glendale, Arizona, operates a national hockey league team.   

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