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Jacuzzi: Private equity jumps in hot tub for $990 million
Over the past few years, the stock price of Jacuzzi (NYSE: JJZ) has been stuck in a trading range of about $8 to $10. It has certainly been frustrating and, as a result, the company decided to go private – with the help of the private equity firm, Apollo Management LP.

The offer is for $12.50. Actually, this is still below Jacuzzi's 52-week high of $12.56. The total value of the deal comes to about $990 million -- which is actually a fairly small deal compared to recent blockbusters, such as HCA and Freescale.

Jacuzzi has been undergoing a restructuring, which is starting to show results. This should set the stage for a strong 2007.

Also, another big attraction is the company's brand. Actually, it was the Jacuzzi brothers who started the company in the early 1990s. And, over the years, the company has been able to acquire over 200 patents on its innovations.

In other words, there is stability with Jacuzzi, which is key with private equity. Basically, this looks like a pretty easy deal to get done.
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