North Castle Partners sells Ignite USA to Newell Rubbermaid North Castle Partners and its co-investors announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Ignite USA to Newell Rubbermaid for a purchase price of $308M. For North Castle Partners, the transaction represents its first sale of a portfolio company from its recently closed fifth fund.
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Newell Rubbermaid upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley B. Riley upgraded Newell Rubbermaid to Buy and increased its price target to $49 from $45. Analyst Linda Weiser would use the recent pullback as a buying opportunity ahead of "acceleration" phase of CEO Polk's strategy in 2016 and organic sales growth.
Newell Rubbermaid initiated with a Buy at Jefferies Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy started shares of Newell Rubbermaid with a Buy rating and $50 price target. He also added the stock to his firm's Franchise Picks List.