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Why private equity firms are moving to African beat

A proliferation of funds focused on sub-Saharan Africa counter cliches about disease and violence. The early fixation with commodities has given way to investments in insurance, retail and consumer goods. Continue reading

Holcim, Lafarge shop U.S. assets as Summit Materials signs up to $450M deal

The merger partners still need buyers for three terminals and two grinding operations to ease their $46 billion combination past the FTC. Continue reading

South Africa's Brait lunges for Virgin Active in $1.9B deal

CVC will exit the fitness club chain, while Richard Branson's Virgin Group will retain a 20% stake. Continue reading

GE's $23 billion financial asset sale to Blackstone, Wells Fargo will help it exit Fed oversight

Deals could allow GE Capital to lose 'systemically important' category as early as 2016. Continue reading

Kraft commands a price only Warren Buffett could stomach

The $55 billion acquisition comes at a multiple of 23 times the target's Ebitda. Aggressive cost-cutting might lower that figure, but Campbell and ConAgra would be easier to digest. Continue reading

Heinz and Kraft to combine and create world's fifth largest food company

Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the new entity to be named Kraft Heinz Co. and receive a $10 billion dividend. Continue reading

Why TimkenSteel would be vulnerable to an impatient activist

A slumping stock price and a rival's investment suggests the steel producer could be a takeover target. Continue reading

For Magnum Hunter, Pioneer and Oasis, midstream assets offer sources of cash

More and more oil and gas explorers and producers are considering selling or spinning off their infrastructure facilities to live another day after the dramatic slide in oil prices. Continue reading

Getty Images' leverage and cash flow don't provide a pretty picture

S&P has warned that Getty Images' current capital structure could become unsustainable if the private equity-backed company doesn't pick up the pace on its turnaround effort. Continue reading

Seeking a spark, United Technologies puts Sikorsky on the block

The conglomerate is considering options for the helicopter unit amid talk that its depressed stock price could make it a target for activists. Continue reading

Verisk moves into energy, chemicals and mining risk with Wood Mackenzie purchase

The insurance and healthcare data analysis specialist provides an exit for private equity owner Hellman & Friedman with the $2.8 billion deal. Continue reading

Markwest and Targa Resources are the next companies to watch for midstream M&A

Deals for pipeline, processing and storage assets keep churning on as part of infrastructure companies' quest for growth, despite lower commodity prices. Continue reading

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