Daily Deal Activity 10/08/12

Acquisitions:

U.K.-based human resource and employment services company NES Global (dba NES Global Talent), which supplies talent to energy, infrastructure, life sciences, and IT sectors, was acquired for £234 million ($375 million) by AEA Investors, from private equity firm Graphite Capital. Graphite had purchased the company for an enterprise value of £70 million ($130.9 million) in September 2006.

Germany-based digital media agency k102, was acquired by WPP’s (LSE:WPP) wholly-owned subsidiary Grey Group Germany, which operates as a marketing communications company. k102’s unaudited revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 were €1.3 million ($1.7 million). Terms were not disclosed.

Australia-based Ventures in Digital Media, a digital media and advertising technology services company, was acquired by AlphaBird, a vertically integrated audience development company that guarantees targeted, engaged audiences for online video. Focused on providing digital advertising, data, and content optimization technologies, Ventures in Digital Media will continue to help publishers and advertisers gain control of their audience data and advertising inventory, and enable access to innovative advertising technology products under the Alphabird Australia brand. Terms were not disclosed.

Accu-Med, a provider of integrated information solutions for healthcare and wellness providers of the elderly, was acquired by PointClickCare, which offers an electronic health record platform for long-term care providers, from Omnicare. Accu-Med’s offerings include integrated financial, clinical software, and therapy management software solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

South Africa-based research company GlobalEdge Marketing Consultants, was acquired by market research company GfK (XTRA:GFK). Among GlobalEdge’s services is the ShopperLink consumer panel, a representative sample of South African households, which will enable GfK to expand its similar activities in the country.

Investments:

Pearl.com (fka JustAnswer), which operates a Website for connecting people with verified professionals to help answer questions and solve problems, raised $26 million in Series B funding led by Crosslink Capital. The round comes less than four months after emerging from stealth with a $25 million Series A round. Current investors Glynn Capital Management and Pearl.com’s board members have also reinvested in the Series B round.

Social commerce network Lockerz, has raised $7.5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing. The filing lists both Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Liberty Media. Other investors in the company include Live Nation and DAG Ventures. The round brings the company’s total funding to $80 million.

Samba Mobile, a U.K.-based startup that offers individuals incentives for watching digital video advertisements, has raised $1.5 million in equity capital in its second round of angel funding.

U.K.-based Aria Networks, a developer of telecommunications network capacity management and planning software, raised $1.1 million round of funding led by existing investors Seraphim Capital and Capital for Enterprise, with participation from private investors. The company plans to use the new funding to expand its sales and marketing teams to address the North American and Asian markets.

(10/4/12) Perfect Audience, a startup that helps small businesses follow their Website visitors with targeted online ads, raised $1.1 million in seed funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Endowment Fund, New World Ventures, SV Angel, WGI Group, and Y Combinator.

Other:

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), an electronic health records company, has received first-round buyout bids from The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, and Silver Lake Partners, according to Bloomberg. Citigroup is managing the process. Allscripts currently has a market cap of approximately $2.28 billion.

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