Merlin Entertainments buys London Aquarium

In today's deal headlines amusement park operator Merlin Entertainments has bought London Aquarium, as Hydro International plc purchases US rival, Eutek Systems

Done deals:

  • Executive management recruitment and board consulting firm Directorbank has acquired non-executive and board consultant Hanson Green
  • Drug specialist the Medical House has sold its loss-making orthopaedic business Eurocut for £500,000 to an undisclosed buyer, in order to clear its bank debt
  • Private equity company RJD Partners has led the management buy-out and taken a 51 per cent stake of travel technology company Comtec
  • Amusement park operator Merlin Entertainments has purchased London Aquarium, taking its total of sea life centres under management across management to 22
  • Vision4health, a provider of software for lab-related diagnostic applications, has acquired US-based laboratory information system Molis, a division of Japan-based Sysmex Group
  • Corovest, a property investment and asset management group, has purchased 50 per cent of Wichford Property Management through its subsidiary CIREF
  • Water treatment company Hydro International plc has purchased a US rival, Eutek Systems, in order to complement its US wastewater operations

Deals in the pipeline:

  • NetPlay TV plc, an interactive gambling company, has agreed to buy Sky Channel 848 for £475,000 from Beverly Hills-based entertainment media company Hollywood TV
  • AMEC plc, an engineering and project management company, is set to acquire Canada-based Bower Damberger Rolseth Engineering, a technical oil and gas engineering business, for CAD$45 million (£22 million) cash
  • Balfour Beatty, an international engineering, construction and investment group, has agreed to buy Blackpool International Airport for £14 million cash in a bid to bolster its airport investment and development division, Regional and City Airports

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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