Nielson Buys Arbitron, Solar Capital Purchases Crystal Capital: Merger and Acquisitions Recap

Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX) will purchase the assets of Alumco and its subsidiaries in an all cash transaction. The assets include Aluminite, a screen producer for the window and door industry. The purchase should be accretive to earnings per share in the next year and should close by December 31st. Financials of the transaction were not reported. Quanex is a top maker of engineered materials, components and systems serving domestic and international window and door OEMs through its Engineered Products and Aluminum Sheet Products Groups.

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) will acquire the international media and marketing research company Arbitron (NYSE:ARB) for $48 per share in cash, representing a premium of about 26 percent to the latter’s close on December 17th. Nielson is a top global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.

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Solar Capital (NASDAQ:SLRC) on Tuesday said that it has reached a definitive agreement with SSP Energy, Quartz Managers, and Quantum Strategic Partners to buy Crystal Capital Financial Holdings, a commercial finance firm that concentrates on supplying asset-based and other secured financing solutions. The buyer expects to invest about $275 million in the acquisition.

Kindred Healthcare’s (NYSE:KND) subsidiary has purchased Homecare Advantage for around $2 million in a cash transaction. Homecare Advantage is a high-quality supplier of home health services in Southern California.

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