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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Furlong Business Solutions Limited to Volaris Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Furlong Business Solutions to Volaris Group.

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Benchmark International Announces Acquisition of Carl Amber Isiah and Associates Co. by Whalen Strategies

International M&A specialist, Benchmark International, has successfully facilitated the transaction between Carl Amber Brian Isaiah and Associates Co. (“CBAIA”) and Whalen Strategies, Inc. (“WSI”).

Headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, CBAIA is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) which was established in Partlow, Virginia in 2005 by Carl Lawson Sr. CBAIA’s main offerings include Logistics Management and Hardware Lifecycle Support with a primary focus on providing outstanding support to the Department of Defense. In 2005, CBAIA’s efforts were honored with the United States Marine Corps Systems Command (USMS MCSC) Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Award and were highlighted for outstanding support services supporting the Marine Corp Logistics Command (Care of Supplies in Storage – Barstow, CA) in an official Marine Corp publication.

 

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With over 30 years of experience in the defense contractor space, Kelly Whalen of WSI will be leading the CBAIA team as Chief Executive Officer. After spending his last 10 years in various executive positions in the life cycle logistics sector, Kelly will immediately take part in executing strategic initiatives to bolster CBAIA’s growth. The acquisition of CBAIA represents an excellent addition to WSI’s growing presence and further expands on its current footprint.

“Benchmark International played an instrumental role in marketing my family company, interviewing potential buyers, and properly cementing a deal that was beneficial to both parties, ultimately facilitating a successful acquisition,” said CBAIA’s Chief Operating Officer, Carl Lawson Jr. "From the beginning, the Benchmark team was diligent in identifying the perfect buyer for my business and brought multiple candidates to the table. Overall, WSI was the ideal fit from an acquirer standpoint and I’d like to extend a big thank you to Benchmark for the hard work and extraordinary effort that made this transaction a reality."

Trevor Talkie, Senior Associate at Benchmark International, added, “It was a pleasure working with the Lawson family from the early stages of our marketing process right through to the transaction closing. Given Carl Sr.’s vision for CBAIA and the strategic value that Kelly (WSI) brings to the table, we feel this deal was a win-win for both sides.” Director, Tyrus O’Neill, added, “Carl Sr. has built a tremendous business and we’re ecstatic to have brought his exit strategy goals to fruition. On behalf of Benchmark International, we wish both parties the very best moving forward.”

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Apple Gets Into Beddit With Latest Acquisition

Last week it was revealed that Apple had completed a low-key deal to acquire Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices compatible with apps for both iOS and the Apple Watch.

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Coach Bags Kate Spade

New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, Coach Inc has acquired its rival Kate Spade & Company for $2.4 billion, a figure “not justified strictly by the numbers” according to the New York Times.

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An Apple/Disney Merger on the Cards?

Apple has hit the headlines this week with the media speculating whether or not they are set for a mammoth acquisition due to its significant and ever-growing stash of cash.

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SiriusXM Gets Connected With Automatic in $100 Million Deal

This week it was announced SiriusXM would acquire San Francisco-based connected car company Automatic Labs Inc. in a deal worth $100 million, according to TechCrunch.

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UK Companies Set For A Rampant 12 Months Of M&A Activity

According to a recent report, UK companies are braced for a surge in deal-making this year, as executives prepare their businesses for life away from the European Union.

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Exova to be bought by Element Materials in £620m deal

After several weeks of speculation, it has been announced that global lab testing specialist Exova has accepted an all-cash takeover from its industry rival Element Materials Technology Group.

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Becton Dickinson acquires C.R. Bard in $24 billion deal

In the biggest deal of the company’s 120-year history, medical device giant Becton, Dickinson & Company has announced its acquisition of C.R. Bard for $24 billion.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity, a world-renowned manager of private equity funds based in Canada with a diversified portfolio of companies throughout North America.

For the past decade Lynx Equity has focused on 100% acquisitions of old-economy, North American businesses, before entering into the European market at the beginning of 2017.  Benchmark International assisted Lynx Equity with the successful acquisition of London-based SignalHome in February, and, with the purchase of Label Express, it is clear that the acquisition trail is proving fruitful.

Established over 30 years ago, Label Express is an industry leading provider of express labelling services, including in-house manufacturing and studio capabilities, to a wide range of underserved niche industries. The company’s strong customer service and sales departments have helped to consistently drive growth over the last seven years, and, today, Label Express is proud to be the label supplier of choice to its many clients.

 

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Roger Forshaw, Associate Director at Benchmark International, who headed up the deal commented, “I am absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to find our clients an acquirer that not only shares the same ethos they instilled over 30 years ago, but also a buyer that will ensure the Label Express name continues long into the foreseeable future. This is made even more satisfying given our clients’ previous attempts to secure a suitable acquirer over the last three years – we are pleased that our efforts made the difference and resulted in a success story for all concerned. I would like to wish my clients all the best with the next chapter of their lives”.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Deal Between Hi-Tech Products Limited to Siegwerk

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal between Hi-Tech Products Limited and Siegwerk has been agreed.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Progressive Industries to Power Products LLC

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the sale of Progressive Industries, Inc to Power Products LLC. With this acquisition, Power Products LLC expands its product offering and distribution base in the recreational vehicle industry.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Advanced Renal Care, Inc. to Fresenius Medical Care of North America

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Advanced Renal Care, Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care of North America. Fresenius Medical Care of North America is one of the largest dialysis providers in north America. Advanced Renal Care, Inc. is a dialysis provider in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Stanley Dennison, CEO and Owner of Advanced Renal Care, Inc. stated, “I would like to thank Benchmark International for their drive, and focus on closing this transaction. This transaction faced difficulties at times. The Benchmark International team always stayed focused, and did not falter in the time of need.”

 

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“We are truly excited to have acquired Advanced Renal Care, Inc. This presents a fantastic opportunity for Fresenius Medical Care to treat new patients,” stated Erik Lyesiuk, Senior Director of Mergers & Acquisitions of Fresenius Medical Care.

Benchmark International Director Dara Shareef stated, “We would like to congratulate both Advanced Renal Care, Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care of North America. This acquisition is a terrific strategic move for Fresenius Medical Care, allowing them to enter the Tampa Bay market. The buyer truly valued our clients location and access to major hospitals in the area. We feel this deal was win-win for both sides and wish all the best in the future.”

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Weigelt Enterprises to a Financial Buyer

Benchmark International facilitated the sale of Weigelt Enterprises, LCC headquartered in Buda, Texas with additional locations throughout Central Texas. They were acquired by an undisclosed financial buyer based in Austin, Texas.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of C&S Carpet Distribution to Best Logistics Group

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between C&S Carpet Distribution, Inc. and Best Logistics Group. Best Logistics Group is a leading logistics provider in the southeast United States. C&S Carpet Distribution, Inc. is a truckload and LTL distributor and logistics provider of flooring products throughout the southeast.

C&S Carpet Distribution is a distribution and logistics provider in the southeast United States. C&S Carpet specialized in the movement of flooring products, such as: carpet, wood, laminate, turf, etc. The company is strategically located in Dalton, GA, which has been affectionately titled by industry players “the carpet capital of the world”. Best Logistics Group (the acquirer) is a large logistics provider located in the southeast, which has been actively seeking to expand into new industries. When Benchmark International approached Best Logistics Group with the C&S Carpet Distribution acquisition opportunity, immediate interest was shown, and the deal closed very quickly as all sides were motivated.

 

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“I would like to thank the Benchmark International team for their dedication and persistence. Their M&A deal expertise allowed us to complete a transaction quickly and quietly, just as I sought to do. Benchmark ensured that the team at Best Logistics Group truly understood that the unique value of my business lies in both the location, and its diverse distribution channels.” - Pete Bethea, President and Owner of C&S Carpet Distribution.

Benchmark International Director, Dara Shareef, added, “We would like to congratulate both the C&S Carpet Distribution, Inc. and Best Logistic Group teams. This acquisition is a terrific strategic move for Best Logistic Group allowing them to implement the floor distribution niche into their nationwide distribution network. The buyer truly valued our client’s current distribution channels, and location, being in the carpet capital of the world. We feel this deal was a win-win for both sides and wish all the best in the future.”

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Middletons Hotel Limited to Thwaites PLC

Benchmark International is pleased to have advised on an agreed deal for the sale of Middletons Hotel Limited to Thwaites PLC.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Vitanium Systems Limited to Lane Telecommunications

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Vitanium Systems Limited to Lane Telecommunications.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of H&G Systems Limited to ATS Global

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of H&G Systems Limited to ATS Global.

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Benchmark International Completes the Sale of WellBeing Hygiene, Inc. to the Rochester Midland Corporation

Effective March 1, 2017 Rochester Midland Corporation has agreed to acquire WellBeing Hygiene, Inc. in an asset purchase. Transferring to RMC will be the customers, employees, intellectual property and other assets relating to the business of WellBeing.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Jack Lilley Limited to the Lind Group Holding Company Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Jack Lilley Limited to the Lind Group Holding Company Limited.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Signalhome Limited to Lynx Private Equity

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Signalhome Limited to Lynx Private Equity.

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Benchmark International Facilitates Sale Of Forward Ventures, Inc. To Powerhouse Equipment And Engineering Co., Inc.

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the asset sale of Forward Ventures, Inc. (“Forward Ventures”) to Powerhouse Equipment and Engineering Co., Inc. (“Powerhouse Equipment”). The transaction unites two market leaders in the boiler sales and services industry.

Forward Ventures, based in Gastonia, North Carolina, has been providing high quality boiler equipment and services across the southeastern United States since 1971. The company specializes in the service, sales, and installation of boilers and boiler room equipment throughout the region. For over 40 years, Forward Ventures has been committed to providing its clients with the highest level of boiler services and industry-leading technology.

Powerhouse Equipment, headquartered in Delanco, New Jersey, sells new and used boilers and provides boiler services to companies across a wide range of industries, with a focus on industrial and heavy commercial businesses. The company offers its products and services internationally, and partners with leading manufacturers to satisfy the needs of companies worldwide.

 

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Tyrus O’Neill, Director at Benchmark International, said, “It was a pleasure to represent Forward Ventures in this transaction, and on behalf of Benchmark International, we are extremely pleased with the outcome. Achieving our client’s goals and objectives regarding their exit strategy has been a thoroughly satisfying experience and we wish both parties the best of luck moving forward.”

Sunny Yang Garten, Senior Associate at Benchmark International, affirmed, “We have really enjoyed working with our client, Tom Goldner, and the rest of the Forward Ventures team. At the end of the day, we believe our client found the perfect fit to carry on the company’s legacy within the industry.”

Forward Ventures, Inc. President, Russell “Tom” Goldner, stated, “I was extremely pleased with the overall experience provided by Benchmark International’s transaction team. I believe we found the best acquirer for our business to continue to build on the platform that has been created. Thank you to Benchmark International for the extraordinary effort in helping facilitate this deal.”

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Benchmark International Negotiates Sale Of Nefco, Inc. To North American Filtration, Inc.

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Nefco, Inc. (“NEFCO”) to North American Filtration, Inc. (“NAF”). The transaction represents the conjoining of two leaders in the water and wastewater treatment industry.

Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, NEFCO has been a major provider of engineered fiberglass products to the water and wastewater treatment industry since 1993. The company designs and develops unique baffle systems, launder cover systems for algae and odor control, as well as effluent troughs systems, weirs, scum baffles and other treatment plant infrastructure.

For over 20 years, NEFCO has been committed to finding innovative ways to improve productivity in municipal, industrial water and wastewater treatment plants worldwide. With a current presence throughout the United States and Canada, NEFCO remains dedicated to continuing improvement and growth.

 

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Based in South Carolina, NAF was founded in the late 1970’s. While a number of the NAF family companies operate in the wastewater treatment space, the NAF family continues to grow each year through new acquisitions of other industry-leading providers. NAF currently employees over one-hundred employees across four locations, and has recorded thousands of installations on six continents.

Benchmark International’s Trevor Talkie acted as the lead on this transaction and was successful in pinning down the needs of both parties involved, “Benchmark’s ability to create a competitive bid process for our client was instrumental in this transaction.” Talkie stated, “On behalf of Benchmark International, achieving our client’s goals and objectives regarding their exit strategy has been a thoroughly satisfying experience, and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.” Director, Tyrus O’Neill, added, “Earle [Schaller] has built a tremendous business, and it is clear that NEFCO is a perfect fit for the North American Filtration portfolio of companies. We would like to take this opportunity to wish both parties the best of luck moving forward.”

NEFCO, Inc. President and Founder, Earle Schaller, stated, “Benchmark International’s hands-on approach during all aspects of the transaction process was fundamental in our successful deal closing. I would like to thank the transaction team at Benchmark International, for without the diligence and dedication of each member there, we strongly feel this end result could not have been achieved.”

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Benchmark International Completes Sale Of Charron Sports Services, Inc. To Corvus Industries, Ltd., DBA Br Bleachers And DBA Facili-serv

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Charron Sports Services, Inc. (“Charron”) to Corvus Industries, LTD. (“Corvus”).

Based in Liberty, South Carolina, Charron is an industry

 leader in the installation, maintenance and restoration of aluminum bleachers, telescoping bleachers (gymnasium bleachers) and other seating. The company’s other offerings include basketball backstops and other various gym equipment items.

Since 1991, Charron has been committed to providing reliable and dependable bleacher repair services to some of the Southeast’s largest schools systems. Since inception, the company has grown from a small family business to a profitable venture. The company’s technical knowledge, experienced staff, and professionalism not only ensure client retention, but foster additional growth opportunities within the industry.

With operations dating back to 1973, Corvus is recognized nationally as a major player in the bleacher repair and maintenance space. Bleachers are considered a great liability for institutions, and Corvus has been dedicated to ensuring that bleachers are safe and current with the latest safety codes. Today, Corvus industries is further expanding its geographic presence with the strategic acquisition of Charron Sports.

Tyrus O’Neill, Director at Benchmark International, stated, “It was a pleasure to represent Charron Sports in this transaction, and on behalf of Benchmark International, we are extremely pleased with the outcome. Allowing both the seller and acquirer to prosper and benefit is always an ideal end result.”

Senior Associate, Trevor Talkie, added, “We have really enjoyed working with our client, Maury Purcell, and bringing to the table a company that very closely represents Charron’s ideal candidate in terms of corporate culture and values. Overall, this has been a thoroughly satisfying experience and we wish both parties the best of luck moving forward.”

President and Founder of Charron Sports, Maury Purcell, stated, “Benchmark International played an instrumental role in facilitating a transaction quickly and fairly. I would like to thank the Benchmark International transaction team for the extraordinary effort in representing Charron Sports in this deal. We strongly feel this end result could not have been achieved without the help of each member there."

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Geomatics, a part of the Ogilvie Group.

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Benchmark International Announces Merger Between Big Couch Media and Forte Interactive

Posted on February 1, 2017 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the merger between Big Couch Media Group and Forte Interactive, creating a digital solutions powerhouse in the South Florida market. The combined entities will be branded under a new name, Achieve.

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The Common Source Client Testimonial {video}

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The Mark - Vol.XIV Issue II

Please take a read of our latest edition of THE MARK, Benchmark International's in-house publication which provides readers with a thorough insight into key events within the M&A industry.

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Benchmark International Negotiates Sale of Gasco Affiliates, LLC to Tech Air, a CI Capital Partners Company

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Gasco Affiliates, LLC to Tech Air, a Connecticut-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related equipment and supplies. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management.

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Benchmark International Advises the Sale of Garden Innovations, LLC to Florentaise

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Garden Innovations, LLC and Florentaise. Florentaise is France’s leading manufacturer and distributor of soil mixes, improvers and mulches. Garden Innovations, LLC is a manufacturer and wholesaler of seeded garden products.

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The Biggest M&A Deals of 2016

Despite economic and political uncertainty across the globe in 2016, the year remained one of the most active for M&A deals. According to data collected by Dealogic, the value of the average deal in 2016 was $104.2m which, despite being slightly down on 2015’s average of $115.4m, was significantly greater than the average deals made between 2000 and 2014 at $77.1m. Here, we take a look at the biggest transactions that contributed to a successful year of deal making in 2016.

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BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL ADVISES ON THE SALE OF HEADLAND SERVICES LIMITED TO OASIS GROUP

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of Headland Services Limited to OASIS Group.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Cleaning Equipment Supplies to ICE

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Cleaning Equipment Supplies to ICE.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of E.Braude Limited to Heatrod Elements

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of E.Braude Limited to Heatrod Elements.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Dyson Energy Services to the Duality Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Dyson Energy Services to the Duality Group.

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