Columbia West Capital News - Southwest Deal Intelligence
11.19.10 Arizona Deal Intelligence - October 2010


This report is prepared as a courtesy to the Arizona business community by Columbia West Capital, LLC 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 assure 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

10/4/2010 Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) acquired certain assets of Eurotone Electric Limited for an undisclosed amount. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Avnet distributes electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, and embedded subsystems worldwide.


10/6/2010 Western National Insurance Group signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arizona Auto Insurance Company and Legacy Insurance Services for an undisclosed amount. Both Arizona Auto Insurance and Legacy Insurance are based in Phoenix, Arizona, and provide auto insurance services.


10/7/2010 Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ADP) acquired MasterTax, LLC and MasterTax Services, LLC from a group of investors for an undisclosed amount. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, MasterTax provides software and outsourcing services that automate the entire payroll tax compliance process.


10/12/2010 Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NasdaqGS: KALU) signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of ALEXCO, LLC for $90.0 million. Based in Chandler, Arizona, ALEXCO produces hard alloy aluminum extrusions for the aerospace industry. Plattner, Schneidman & Schneider is serving as legal advisor to ALEXCO. Jones Day is serving as legal advisor to Kaiser Aluminum.


10/15/2010 The Ellman Companies, Inc. acquired the remaining assets of Clear Channel Branded Cities, LLC from Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CCO) for an undisclosed amount. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, The Ellman Companies operates as a real estate investor and developer in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.


10/18/2010 Integra Telecom, Inc. agreed to acquire National Brands, Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, National Brands does business as Sharenet Communications Company and provides local business and T-1 communication services.


Private Placements

10/7/2010 OEM Group, Inc. completed a leveraged recapitalization with THL Credit and Comerica Bank. THL Credit invested $12.0 million into the company. Based in Gilbert, Arizona, OEM Group is a global provider of aftermarket parts, service and capital equipment solutions to semiconductor fabrication plants and producers of emerging electronic technologies. Polsinelli Shughart served as legal advisor to OEM Group.


10/10/2010 BroadHop, Inc. announced it closed a follow-on Series A investment from Peninsula Ventures and Boulder Ventures. BroadHop provides service and policy management solutions for internet protocol triple-play networks. Osborn Maledon served as legal advisor to Peninsula Ventures.


For deal submissions, please contact Jordan Nelson at jnelson@columbiawestcap.com.