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California Olive Ranch Acquires Lucini Italia Olive Oil

California Olive Ranch, the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the United States announces its acquisition of Lucini Italia, a leading producer and importer of premium Italian extra virgin olive oils. In the equity transaction seller Molinos USA retains a significant minority share in the combined company.  California Olive Ranch and Lucini Italia will continue to operate under their own labels. The company will maintain its headquarters in Chico, California.

 

California Olive Ranch CEO Gregg Kelley says:

Lucini shares our standards of quality and authenticity and will continue California Olive Ranch’s mission to bring genuine and delicious extra virgin olive oil to the American consumer. We see strong growth in the premium segment in coming years and we think these two brands are best positioned to prosper as consumers trade up to better quality.

Like wine, olive oils vary according to soil, climate and olive varietal.  Our merger with Lucini will allow us to offer the American olive oil consumer a wider variety of trustworthy oil.  This transaction also allows us to enter the sauce, vinaigrette, and vinegar categories with Lucini’s portfolio of quality products.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. to Attend Upcoming Investor Conferences

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (CLMT), a leading independent producer of specialty hydrocarbon and fuels products, today announced that members of management will attend the following upcoming investor conferences:

Goldman Sachs Global Energy Conference
January 8, 2015
InterContinental Hotel – Miami, FL

UBS MLP One-on-One Conference
January 14, 2015
St. Regis Deer Valley – Park City, UT

Calumet’s latest investor presentation will be provided at each of these conferences.  Prior to Calumet’s attendance at the listed conferences, the Partnership will post an electronic copy of the presentation it intends to use in the “Investor Relations” section of the Partnership’s corporate website at www.calumetspecialty.com.

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Quindell in talks over possible sale of division

Quindell is exploring the sale of parts of its business, as the UK insurance claim processor attempts to focus on generating cash.

The company has been a target for short sellers that have raised doubts about its business model and have pointed specifically to cash flow as an issue. Quindell said on Friday it had “entered into exclusivity arrangements with a third party in respect of the possible disposal of an operating division of the group”.

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It declined to give details on what part of the company was up for sale, but its main operating divisions include professional services, which contains the main insurance claims business, and digital solutions, which develops products such as telematics for cars that report on vehicle performance.

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Datalogix is important element of Oracle’s acquisition strategy

On December 22, 2014, Oracle (ORCL) announced the acquisition of Datalogix, a provider of digital marketing data as a service (or DaaS). Datalogix connects offline consumer spending data with digital marketing efforts with the goal of tracking advertising, its influence on consumers, and the resultant returns.

Datalogix has more than 650 customers and 1,500 data partners that track $2 trillion in consumer spending. Advertisers and digital media publishers such as Lenovo, Google (GOOG), (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Ahold, Kraft (KRFT), and Ford use Datalogix to enhance their media presence. The company provides purchase-based targeting that leads to more revenue generation.

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8-K Filing Shows PCM Enters Agreement With Sarcom Properties To Buy Property For $6.569M

On December 23, 2014, PCM, Inc. (the “Buyer”) entered into an agreement with Sarcom Properties, Inc. (the “Seller”), an unaffiliated third party, to buy certain real property from the Seller for a total cash sales price of $6,569,500 (the “Agreement”). The real property is located at 8337 Green Meadows Drive N., Lewis Center, Ohio and includes approximately 12.4 acres of land together with a building for office and warehouse space of approximately 144,000 square feet (the “Building”). One of our other subsidiaries is currently the tenant of the Building and it is currently being used as our second headquarters, sales office and distribution center. We expect to finance around 70% of the purchase price with a long-term note.

The Buyer is entitled to terminate the Agreement for any reason while it conducts due diligence related to the property during a 30 day period from December 23, 2014 (the “Due Diligence Period”). In addition, the Buyer may extend the Due Diligence Period for further environmental due diligence for an additional 30 days if it determines in its sole discretion that further environmental due diligence is required. However, the Buyer and Seller have agreed to use best efforts to close the transaction no later than January 31, 2015. The Agreement also contains other customary closing conditions to the purchase and sale of the real property.

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Worldwide M&A activity reaches seven-year high

During the first few months of 2014, it quickly became apparent that major companies and corporations across the U.S. were interested in expanding their operations through aggressive mergers and acquisitions. We have reported extensively on many of the most noteworthy complex transactions to be undertaken within the nation, however, it seems that just as many landmark deals have been reached outside of the country, as well.

Global transactions total more than $1 trillion in Q2
In the latest bit of M&A news, the deal volume recorded during the second three-month period of this year has amounted to more than $1 trillion, according to Reuters. This figure marks the largest deal volume observed since the same time in 2007, and represents a significant improvement from the $680 million that changed hands during the first quarter of 2014.

“Companies have strategic imperatives to do deals, they have the cash to do deals, and they can borrow additional cash at record-low rates,” Frank Aquila, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, told the news source. “It really is a bit of a perfect storm when it comes to dealmaking.”

Multiple mega deals were completed during the second quarter, including agreements between Oracle and Micros Systems, Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands as well as Sprint and T-Mobile.

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U.K. M&A Deals: What a U.S. Buyer Should Expect

This article explores the significant differences between market deal terms in the U.S. and U.K., with an additional focus on what buyers should expect when a business is being sold by a U.K. private equity fund.

Typically, U.S. private stock deals are executed on a ‘cash-free, debt-free’ basis, incorporating upward and downward adjustments to the agreed-to purchase price based on post-closing metrics.

Conversely, the ‘locked box’ method is gaining prevalence in the U.K. This approach involves an equity price being established using a historic set of accounts which the buyer has no ability to adjust after closing. If changes to these accounts occur, the buyer’s only right of claim is under contract.

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