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100+ trade buyers and private equity bods eyed up Kelway

More than one hundred trade buyers and private equity firms expressed an interest in buying a piece of Kelway, before CDW finally beat the competition to take a 35 per cent stake. As exclusively revealed by El Chan on Thursday, Kelway boss Phil Doye retains a 55 per cent stake in the firm. Others in the management team keep hold …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2014

Brit data centre biz Pulsant sold to private equity house

The ownership of mid-market co-lo player Pulsant has changed hands, with private equity house BDC Capital selling up to Oak Hill Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. As revealed last month, BDC enlisted investment bank Jeffries to advise on a sale and seek interested buyers, more than three-and-a-half years after it snapped …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014

Private equity signals interest in Optus satellites

Reports are emerging that Optus' satellite division, for sale if the price is right, is being eyed by a brace of private equity firms and a French telco. Back in March 2013, Optus appointed Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse to conduct a strategic review of the satellite business, sparking speculation that the division would be …

Private equity firm coughs £1bn for Websense

NASDAQ-listed web content filtering player Websense is going private again after the board approved a deal with venture capitalist Vista Equity Partners (VEP). Under the terms of the transaction, VEP will cough $24.75 per share valuing the online security business at close to $1bn. This equates to a 29 per cent premium on the …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2013

Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will acquire software house Compuware for about US$2.5bn. Shareholders will be delivered about $10.92 per share, a 17 per cent premium on last week's closing price for Compuware stock - not bad for a company once known as "the elephants' graveyard". Compuware chair Gurminder S. Bedi's canned …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014

Private equity crew prep CDW IPO after $7.3bn buyout - report

The private equity boys are preparing to flip US technology shop CDW back to the market, Reuters reports. CDW has hired bankers to deliver an IPO later this year, Reuters reports. The financial services firms are reported to be JPMorgan Chase & Co, Barclays and Goldman Sachs Group. The proposed IPO could raise about $750m, an …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2013
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Seagate private equity whispers begin... AGAIN

Seagate is reported to be talking to private equity firms about shifting off the stock market and back into private ownership. This would be the second time it has held such talks, so it's anybody's guess if anything will come of it. We heard about it from Aaron Rakers, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst of good repute, and he heard …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012

Telstra flogs phone books to Platinum Equity

Mere days after Telstra was rumoured to be selling its Sensis directory division for “as much as $AU3 billion” the carrier has closed the deal for the fire-sale price of $AU450 million. The sale puts 70 per cent of Sensis in the hands of US private equity firm Platinum Equity – putting a total valuation on the division at around …
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BMC on the private equity block

“Please don't call us a middleware company” BMC is reportedly close to being acquired in a $US6.5bn deal arranged by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital Corp. Financial press have tracked the deal for almost a month, but things now seem to be getting close to the moment at which prestigious pens reach paper, as Reuters roused …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2013

Entanet calls on equity firm Mobeus to back £14m MBO

Wholesale internet connectivity services provider Entanet has completed a £14m managed buyout with the backing of private equity firm Mobeus. MD Elsa Chen, financial director Ian Brewer and sales director Stephen Barclay were involved in the deal that saw the VC stump up £6m to invest in workforce (currently 85 heads) and …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
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Nokia eyes private equity buyer for bling-phone firm

Private equity firm EQT appears to be back in the running as a potential buyer of Vertu, Nokia's wholly owned maker of bling-phones for the extremely well-heeled. Newsagency Reuters today said sources familiar with the sale negotiations had claimed Nokia wants €200m ($251m/£161m) for Vertu and its currently trying to persuade …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2012
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Nokia, private equity chat about €200m bling phone firm sale

Nokia's plan to sell off Vertu, its subsidiary that makes handsets for folk with so much money they don't even need sense, emerged back in December 2011. Now it looks like the sale may go ahead. Talking to the Finnish phone giant is, one mole claims, Permira, a Europe-based private equity company. The alleged asking price: €200 …
Keir Ching, 30 Apr 2012
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Sources spill CEO Heins' beans: BlackBerry 'open' to going private

The board of BlackBerry is considering a private buyout of the company, saying that delisting would get shareholders off its back and give it freedom to move. The rumour comes from Reuters, which reports "several sources" claiming that discussions have been had with various private equity companies, and enterprise computing …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2013
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Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

Dell shareholders have given the green light to Mickey D to take the company he founded nearly three decades ago private – again. Approval from investors was never really in doubt after activist investor Carl Icahn, who seems more interested in Apple, revealed that he and partner SAM had given up the ownership battle, clearing …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
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Overclockers UK swallowed by private equity firm Afinum

German private equity firm Afinum - owners of distributor Caseking - has swallowed specialist components etailer Overclockers UK for an undisclosed sum. Vahid Gharaei, biz development manager at Caseking told The Reg it had been seeking to break into the UK market for some time. "The economy being the way it is today we were …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2012
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Private equity saves SeeSaw

The upending of SeeSaw has been cancelled. Owner Arqiva today announced it had flogged off 75 per cent of the online video-on-demand service. Arqiva will retain 25 per cent of the company, the rest going to a group of venture capitalists, private equity punters and merchant bankers. SeeSaw will be overseen by Michael Jackson, …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2011

Lynch mob of bankers say they'll stump up cash to take Dell private

Dell is a little bit closer to selling itself off, with at least four major banks willing to put up the money, according to knowledgeable sources. The rumour, reported by Reuters, was enough to send shares in the PC firm up over 7 per cent in New York trading yesterday. Dell is supposedly looking for private equity buyers to …
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We're not, er, 'cut-throat' capitalists – VC formerly known as ISIS

Not wanting to be confused with the vicious band of Middle Eastern warmongerers, ISIS Equity Partners has killed off its old brand, and is now answering the phones as Living Bridge. The name change was for fairly obvious reasons, as the venture capitalist doesn’t want to be associated with, er, blood-thirty, medieval cut-throats …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2014
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NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”. The venture capitalist was the vital cog in the £43m management buy-out at York-headquartered Trustmarque, a top table Microsoft partner that …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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Software giant CA Technologies dumps arcserve biz

CA Technologies has sold its arcserve data protection business to Marlin Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. This is meant to enable CA to focus on its core technologies and get back to growth with software-as-a-service products. The arcserve product is possibly being discontinued because it will cost too much to develop, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
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'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout

According to reports, Dell's largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, is not keen on the $24.4bn buyout bid, and it's not the only one. Sources whispered to Reuters that Southeastern and other investors think the deal undervalues their shares at $13.65 each and were hoping for more like $20 a share. …
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Rumors say Dell again thinking of going private

IT supplier Dell is rumored to be thinking about taking itself private, getting out from under the expectations of Wall Street and going under the thumbs of the private equity firms that would fund the self-acquisition. According to a report at Bloomberg, which claims to have talked to two people "with knowledge of the matter," …

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Dell & Friends get the green light on take-private deal

The word on the street late last week was that Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners, and the banks behind them, who are trying to take the IT giant that bears the founder's name private through a leveraged buyout, were not going to raise their $24.4bn offer to counter a competing recapitalization plan put forth by Icahn …
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HP seeks to sell chunk of China networking biz: Report

HP is reportedly on the lookout for an Asian suitor to buy a majority of the company's stake in its China-based H3C Technologies. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, HP is in tentative talks with private equity outfits in the People's Republic. The apparent move comes after HP confirmed …
Team Register, 26 Oct 2014

BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

Newly private BMC Software is taking ServiceNow to court, claiming its up-and-coming enterprise help-desk rival trampled over its sacred patents. BMC has accused ServiceNow of violating seven of its patents (5,978,594, 6,816,898, 6,895,586, 7,062,683, 7,617,073, 8,646,093 and 8,674,992), spanning incident management, performance …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Sep 2014

US reseller titan buys minority stake in Kelway MBO – sources

One of the largest US resellers, CDW, has crossed the Atlantic to take a minority stake in mid-market focused tech supplier Kelway, The Channel can reveal. OOPS! The sales process began in earnest back in January when Kelway appointed US investment bank William Blair to put together a 97-page Information Memorandum and oversee …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2014
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AOL, News Corp, private equity firms all have hots for Yahoo!

AOL, News Corp and a number of private equity outfits are reportedly circling Yahoo! in possible bids to buy the web portal. The Wall Street Journal cites “people familiar with the matter” who claimed that Silver Lake Partners and Blackstone Group LP are mulling a plan to help AOL purchase the Carol-Bartz-run firm. They are …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2010

For-sale sign erected outside UK reseller titan Kelway's HQ

Venture capitalists and prospective trade buyers will get the chance to take a look under the hood of London-based mega reseller Kelway this week – when investment bankers metaphorically drive the biz onto the forecourt. US finance house William Blair is in charge of selling off Kelway. Our sources close to the company expect a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014
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Friends with money: Dell's big bet on private finance

If not a gambler, Michael Dell seems certainly a born showman. With his 50th birthday on the horizon, when most people his age and with his billions might be thinking of slowing down or going philanthropic, he and his PC company have begun a brand new phase. Dell, a native of the brassy US state that lends its name to a brand of …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2013

CDW's flight into private equity is complete

CDW, America's biggest computer dealer, left NASDAQ today, on completion of its takeover by a couple of private equity firms. They are called Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners, in case you're interested. Now for a canned quote from Glenn Creamer, senior managing firector of Providence Equity. "Since its …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2007
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Seagate ends talks to go private

Seagate has ended discussions with interested parties about going private. The discussions failed to agree on how much the firm was worth with the private equity buyer – understood to be TGP Capital – placing a lower value on Seagate shares than Seagate's board. But the world's largest hard drive maker did have some good news …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2010
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Brit giant Daisy Group extends deadline for buyers to make a mark

Daisy Group has granted a consortium led by CEO Matthew Riley extra time to make a bid to take the LSE-listed mid-market comms and tech outfit private. The exec, along with Daisy’s largest shareholder Toscafund Asset Management LLP and private equity house Penta Capital, last month made an approach to buy the business, tendering …
Paul Kunert, 10 Sep 2014
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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

Outsourcing monster Atos has thrown out the overhaul of its own tech infrastructure to Kelway in a five-year deal valued at £150m in total. The London-based reseller giant will refresh the desktop and data centre hardware estates at Atos' managed services biz in the UK and Ireland, and provide associated services. The contract …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
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Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

Shares in Twitter fell more than 11 per cent today as the six month lock-up period for early investors and staff expired. The end of the lock-up period, restricting the sale of 82 per cent of the company's equity, introduces 470 million shares to the market. It comes at a time when Twitter's share price has been falling off the …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014
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Summer of data centre acquisitions on the cards in the UK

The business climate for acquisitions is mirroring the hotter weather outside, with a sales process for data centre providers Pulsant and VTesse Networks taking shape, multiple sources are telling us. Investment bank Jeffries has distributed an Information Memorandum for co-location player Pulsant, with private equity owner …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014

Profit-free Box trousers $150m in funding. So much for an April IPO

Loss-making enterprise startup darling Box.com has swallowed another $150m in venture funding. The cloud collaboration announced the funding Monday as part of a deal that reportedly boosts the company’s value from $2bn to $2.4bn. The shot of private equity comes despite the company’s plan, announced in March, to go public with …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2014
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Structural storage industry changes green light Cisco

Structural changes in IT and storage technology are green lighting opportunities for Cisco as it has no legacy storage products holding it back and server-led storage opportunities are growing and growing. William Blair analyst Jason Ader has issued a note called "Day of Reckoning for IT Infrastructure Is Near" which talks of " …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2014
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Suitors line up to bid for cash-challenged NHS supplier

Top brass at Trustmarque Solutions are locked in talks with interested parties in a bid to sell the financially challenged biz this week – at least that is the plan. As exclusively revealed by us earlier this week, Dunedin, private equity backers of the York-based licensing specialist, claimed a change in revenue recognition in …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 2014

AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

A £1.25m lab for testing drones that can swim and carry 3D printers will be built at Imperial College London's South Kensington campus. An artist's impression of what the lab will look like. The facilities will research a range of applications for drones from repair work in the nuclear, oil, gas, and energy sectors to their …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network Vodafone …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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Go Daddy in the hands of private equity giants

Domain name and web hosting giant Go Daddy has confirmed that it has entered into a strategic partnership with venture capital firms KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures. Go Daddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons said the investors were selected because of their technology expertise and understanding of online …
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Tick-tock, CDW: Mega reseller has 30 months to buy the rest of Kelway

The clock is ticking for NASDAQ-listed CDW to hoover up the remaining share base of Kelway – or leave it for someone else to slurp. As revealed first by The Channel yesterday, the world’s largest tech reseller bought a 35 per cent stake in London-based Kelway in a deal that values the overall business at around £262m. Under the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2014
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Private equity snaps up two more UK firms

Private equity group Hellman and Friedman has bought CSG and Iris Software from HgCapital - the firm's previous private equity owners. The newly-combined firm will trade as Iris Software Group with turnover of more than £100m. Iris specialises in accounts software, while CSG provides software to lawyers and not-for-profit …
John Oates, 12 Jun 2007
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Oracle slurps another storage upstart: Front Porch Digital joins Ellison's crew

The ceaseless hoovering up of small companies and startups by business behemoths has seen Oracle buy Front Porch Digital. Why did Larry Ellison latch on to this outfit? Front Porch Digital (FPD) is a content storage management (CSM) business. Its software products sit in a server between a media network on the one hand and a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

Airbnb, the online home-rental marketplace, is in talks to raise funding from private equity firms that would value the company at a sturdy $10bn. New York City's Manhattan skyline Those kind of valuations are par for the course for today's net startups really, but it's still a strong vote of confidence for a company that's …
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Private investor pays $1.3bn to don Blue Coat

Web security and WAN optimisation appliance firm Blue Coat Systems has been acquired by private equity investment outfit Thoma Bravo in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion. Under the terms of the deal, shareholders will receive $25.81 in cash for each share of Blue Coat common stock they hold, a premium of around 48 per cent …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2011
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Could! Yahoo! be! sold! to! private! buyers?

Yahoo! co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang wants to take the ailing web company out of the stock market in a deal with private equity firms, if the latest speculation on the firm's future is to be believed. People close to the inner mechanisms of Yahoo! have been doing their thing with Reuters, whispering to the newswire that …

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer. As The Channel previously noted, Kelway has swelled to a £500m sales biz, which appears to restrict potential trade buyers in UK reseller land to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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Schneider was approached by private-equity firms

Schneider Electric SA's announcement last week that it is to acquire American Power Conversion Corp (APC) is believed to have been a "defensive move" to protect the company from any takeover bids. According to today's Wall Street Journal, a group of three private-equity firms approached Schneider in a €20bn bid for the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2006