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02.14.12 Arizona Deal Intelligence - January 2012


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

1/3/2012 LifeStream agreed to acquire Community Blood Bank, Inc. from Blood Systems, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Blood Systems operates blood banks, test laboratories, and research centers and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1/3/2012 Ziff Davis Media Inc. acquired Toolbox.com, Inc. from Corporate Executive Board Co. (NYSE: EXBD). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Toolbox.com provides a network of online communities that enable professionals to access the collective knowledge of a worldwide audience of experienced professionals. Toolbox.com is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1/3/2012 Pacific Western Bank acquired Marquette Equipment Finance, LLC from Meridian Bank, National Association for approximately $190.0 million in cash. Meridian Bank provides banking and financial services and is based in Wickenburg, Arizona. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP served as legal advisor to Pacific Western Bank.

1/4/2012 Amber Alert GPS acquired AMBERAlert.com, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. AMBERAlert.com operates an AMBER Alert portal and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1/5/2012 The TriZetto Group, Inc. acquired Medical Data Express, LLC. Medical Data Express provides technology consulting and solutions to the healthcare market and is based in Chandler, Arizona.

1/5/2012 Lagardère Unlimited acquired Gaylord Sports Management Group. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Gaylord Sports Management Group is a leading golf management firm based out of Arizona. Prokauer Rose LLP served as legal advisor to Lagardère Unlimited.

1/13/2012 Wilson Electric Services Corp. acquired Lynx Electric Company, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Wilson Electric Services, an electrical contracting company, provides commercial, industrial, and residential electrical services and is based in Tempe, Arizona.

1/17/2012 PIU Management, LLC acquired HQ Carousels, LLC. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PIU Management offers party rooms and play areas for private parties and events, and is based in Tempe, Arizona.

1/20/2012 Tremor Video, Inc. acquired InPlay Technologies Inc. from Mogul, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. InPlay Technologies develops and markets human interface devices for electronic products and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1/20/2012 TransDigm Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire AmSafe, Inc. from a consortium of investors for approximately $750.0 million in cash. AmSafe manufactures safety and securement equipment for aerospace, defense, and ground transportation industries in the United States and internationally. AmSafe is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Baker & Hostetler LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Jones Day served as legal advisors to the various investment groups.

1/26/2012 TMI International acquired East Coast Temporary Tattoos. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TMI designs, manufactures, prints, and ships temporary tattoos. TMI is based in Tucson, Arizona.

1/31/2012 Grandpoint Capital, Inc. acquired Bank Capital Corporation, the parent company of Biltmore Bank. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bank Capital Corporation is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides personal and commercial banking services.

1/31/2012 Avnet Inc. acquired Canvas Systems, LLC from Platinum Equity. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Avnet distributes electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, and embedded subsystems worldwide and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Private Placements

1/12/2012 JLab Audio, LLC announced that it has received funding from new investor, Mach Speed Technologies, Inc. The amount was not disclosed. JLab Audio designs, develops, manufacturers, and markets headphones and audio accessories and is based in Tucson, Arizona.

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