You can’t be afraid to make money – Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of Ellie Mae for $3.7bn

Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) – market cap as of 21/02/2018: $3.46bn Introduction On February 12, 2019, Ellie Mae, the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, in an all-cash transaction that values Ellie […]

Johnson & Johnson’s boost its digital surgery portfolio acquiring Auris Health for $2.35bn

Johnson & Johnson [JNJ: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 19/02/2019 $364.53bn Introduction On February 13th, the healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson announced the acquisition of the privately held surgical robotics firm Auris Health, for approximately $3.4 billion in cash. The terms of the agreement also include additional payments to Auris of $2.35 billion, based […]

Market Recap 24/02/2019

EUROPE During this week European indices have on average soared by 1% . In particular, the German DAX30 started the trading week at 11’267 and closed around 11’460 and the French CAC40 opened at 5’160 and closed at 5’215, both increasing around 1.5%. Differently from core countries, the most important peripheral ones have raised below […]

Belt and Road Initiative: All that Glitters is not Gold

Description of Belt and Road Initiative The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, is a development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure and investments in European, Asian and African countries. It was initially […]

The Big Millennial Bet: Morgan Stanley to Acquire Solium Capital for $900m

Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] – Market Cap as of 24/02/2019 $71.89bn Solium Capital Inc.  [TSE: SUM] – Market Cap as of 24/02/2019 $1.08bn Introduction On February 11th, Morgan Stanley announced it had struck a definitive agreement to acquire the workplace wealth solutions’ company Solium Capital for $900m. The deal comes just a couple of days […]

Forever Instruments, Maybe Equity, Never Defaulted? AT1 Instruments and the Santander Case

Introduction On Tuesday (Feb 12, 2019), right at the deadline for the decision to be made, Banco Santander announced that it had decided not to repay its outstanding €1.5bn CoCo bonds. CoCo bonds are hybrid securities mostly belonging to Additional Tier 1 capital, introduced by regulators in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, as […]

Is bank M&A back in vogue? The $66bn BB&T and SunTrust merger

BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) – market cap as of 11/02/2019: USD 38.48bn SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) – market cap as of 11/02/2019: USD 29.06bn Introduction The all-stock $66 billion merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks is the biggest M&A deal for the banking industry in more than a decade, signalling bank executives’ growing confidence that […]

Size matters: Bristol-Myers to acquire Celgene in one of the largest pharma deal in history for $74bn

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) – market cap as of 10/2/2019: $81.98bn Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) – market cap as of 10/2/2019: $61.56bn Introduction On the 3rd of January 2019, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced the acquisition of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) in a cash and stock transaction with an Enterprise Value of approximately […]

Antitrust and Protectionism: a case study on authorities’ intervention in M&A

Introduction With the fear of an imminent slowdown in the global economy and the ongoing trade war, uncertainty is currently dominating the upstage, to the detriment of M&A cross-border transactions, which so far could instead count on a positive momentum. With the looming pressure from Chinese companies pushing for acquisitions of US and EU companies […]

The Invisible Gears: REPO Agreement and the Credit REPO Market – Part 1

Introduction Often overlooked and easily dismissed as a basic collateralised loan, repos (the short form for repurchase agreement) are much more. In fact, well-functioning (and possibly liquid) repos market is essential for the stability and efficiency of the “proper” securities markets. These is why we have defined them as the invisible gears of the financial […]

Value and Momentum: a Happy Marriage

In this article we analyze the advantages of combining together value and momentum long/short portfolios in many asset classes and in different geographical areas. In fact, they have historically shown negative correlation between them. You can exploit it by including value and momentum in a portfolio, which will have a reduced risk in terms of […]

Market Recap 17/02/2018

USA Financial markets have reacted positively to the talks between China and the US held in Beijing, that next week will move to Washington, with the S&P500 scoring a +2.50% over the week. The Dow Jones and the Nasdaq both increased by 3.09% and 2.05%, respectively. The deadline for the imposing of new tariffs is […]