Bain Capital's $3.5B SoftwareOne Buyout Shows Life

Bain Capital's $3.5B SoftwareOne Buyout Shows Life

Private equity news the week of January 8th, 2024.


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Deal News

Bain Capital is reportedly still in talks with SoftwareOne about a potential buyout. Previous reports suggested that the enterprise software maker was planning to reject Bain’s $3.5 billion offer, but a new statement issued by the company on Monday clarified that discussions are still ongoing. (Source)

Meanwhile, Bain Capital is preparing to exit Centrient Pharmaceuticals for as much as $1.1 billion. The company manufactures antibiotics and anti-fungal medicine. Bain acquired the company, formerly known as DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, for approximately $575 million. (Source)

PE-backed retailer KnitWell Group — which includes brands such as Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Talbots — has acquired Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma. The newly-combined portfolio of brands generates approximately $6 billion in annual sales. The deal was orchestrated by Sycamore Partners which owns KnitWell Group. (Source)

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