May 26, 1999
Unilab Corp., California's biggest clinical laboratory testing company, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by closely held Kelso & Co. for about $420 million in cash and debt. Kelso, an investment company, will own about 93% of Unilab shares, buying them for $5.85 each in cash, a 20% premium to Monday's closing price of $4.88. Other shareholders will hold the remaining 7%. Fierce competition in the California clinical testing industry during the 1990s forced some companies into bankruptcy.
July 23, 1988 |
The "white knight" that rescued Arkansas Best Corp. from a hostile takeover bid with a friendly merger agreement says it was tendered about 85% of the trucking and furniture company's stock by a deadline of midnight Thursday. But Kelso & Co. extended its deadline until 4 p.m. EDT Monday because a power failure prevented delivery of all the shares and convertible debentures of Arkansas Best that had been tendered. The private merchant-banking firm had earlier extended the deadline until 3 p.m.
September 27, 2007 |
The owner of 134 Wendy's restaurants wants to bid for the nation's No. 3 hamburger chain with two private equity firms. David Karam, president of Cedar Enterprises Inc., said Wednesday that he and his partners had been invited by Wendy's International Inc. to a second round of talks. He is backed by Kelso & Co. and Oak Hill Capital Partners. "I've been involved in the brand," he said. "I see the great potential of it."
October 12, 1985 |
American Hospital Supply Corp. said Friday that it has reached an agreement to sell its Irvine-based McGaw intravenous solution division to satisfy antitrust regulators reviewing its pending merger with Baxter Travenol Laboratories. Although American did not identify the buyer beyond noting that it was "a major health-care subsidiary of a multinational Fortune 100 company," analysts said speculation has centered on Kendall Co., a division of Colgate-Palmolive.
March 6, 1990
House of Fabrics said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit climbed 18% from a year earlier on a 3% increase in sales. The Sherman Oaks-based operator of 628 retail fabric stores said net income in the quarter that ended Jan. 31 totaled $5.6 million, up from $4.73 million a year earlier, while its sales rose to $104.1 million from $100.8 million. For its full fiscal year, House of Fabrics' earnings slipped 3% to $11.1 million from $11.
November 23, 1994 |
Continental Cablevision Systems, the country's third-largest cable operator, has agreed to acquire Providence Journal Co.'s cable systems, the 15th-largest, in a transaction worth $1.4 billion, the companies said. Continental is paying for the systems with its Class A common stock and is assuming $755 million of debt for a total cost of $1.4 billion. Now privately held, Continental expects to go public as the result of the Providence acquisition.
December 10, 2004 |
New York investment firm Kelso & Co. has emerged as the leading bidder for Shell Oil Co.'s Bakersfield refinery, people familiar with the situation said Thursday. Kelso and others have been talking to Shell about buying the facility for several months, and Shell in the last week signed an agreement pledging to negotiate exclusively with the privately owned equity firm, the sources said.