Investors’ appetite: plant-based meat producer skyrockets on day of IPO

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) – expected market cap as of 03/05/2019: $1.5b Introduction On May 2nd, Beyond Meat, producer of plant-based meat substitutes, went public on the NASDAQ. The firm priced its initial public stock offering at 25$ per share, after strong demand encouraged the company to raise the price range from 19$ – 21$ […]

The IPO Bonanza (Part 2): Investor Appetite Pushes Unprofitable Unicorns to New Heights

The Ride of Unicorn IPO’s As big tech firms such as Uber, Lyft, Pinterest and Airbnb go public, a decade of innovations is being harvested. As this rush of technology offerings set out to bring new wealth to Silicon Valley, the mystery of increasing investor appetite for companies with negative earnings becomes more profound. This […]

Big Oil strikes again: Occidental’s bid to acquire Anadarko for $57 billion

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) – market cap as of 29/05/2019: USD 36.61bn Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) – market cap as of 04/05/2019: USD43.34bn Intro On April 29, 2019, US oil and natural gas producer Anadarko was on course to accept a takeover offer from its national rival Occidental, which gatecrashed an already established […]

The German company strikes back: Merck wins takeover battle for Versum

Merck KAaG [ETR:MRK] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: €12.29bn ($13.77bn) Versum Materials Inc. [NYSE:VSM] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: $5.68bn (pre-announcement undisturbed value: $3.28bn) Intro On April 12th the German Chem-tech company Merck KAaG signed the definite agreement to buy the American special materials company Versum in an all-cash transaction. The price tag […]

The PE energy game: Carlyle Group purchases a stake in Spanish oil giant Cepsa

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) – market cap as of 08/04/2019: USD 6.34bn Introduction On April 8, 2019, the US PE giant Carlyle announced its decision to acquire up to 40% of the capital of the Spanish multinational Cepsa from the sovereign fund of the United Arab Emirates Mubadala for up to $4.8 bn. The transaction […]

The IPO Bonanza (Part 1): IPO Fever Grips World Markets in a Binding Clench

Introduction 2018 was a somehow controversial year in IPO terms, with Q1, Q2 and Q3 building a strong momentum for companies to go public, and Q4 eroding the optimism recorded in the preceding timeframe. Unfortunately, 2019 has opened with the same negative outlook, with scheduled IPOs all throughout the world being put on hold in […]

Carel Industries S.p.A. – IPO report

Carel Industries S.p.A. [BIT: CRL] – Market Cap as of 08/04/2019:  €1.05bn Introduction On Monday 11th of June 2018, Carel Industries S.p.A., a global player in the dehumidification and refrigeration sector, started trading on the MTA of Borsa Italiana. The initial price was €7.2 per share, but strong demand quickly drove the price up to […]

Got Game? NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox Technologies for $6.9Bn

Mellanox Technologies Ltd [MLNX: NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 03/04/2019 $6.46bn NVIDIA Corporation [NVDA: NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 03/04/2019 $114.25bn Introduction On Monday 11 March 2019 NVIDIA announced an all-cash acquisition of Mellanox Technologies at $125 per share, implying a total EV of $6.9bn. NVIDIA, whose share price had previously come under pressure due to a weakening demand for its […]

Lyft-ing up or Falling Fast?: Lyft Becomes the First Rideshare Company to IPO

Lyft inc. [LYFT: NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 5/4/2019 $21.28bn Introduction  On March 29, Lyft – a leading US ride-hailing company – went public on the Nasdaq. Its IPO price settled at the top end of the pricing range, with shares at $72 a piece valuing the company at nearly $24bn. The offering ranked […]

Running away from oil: Saudi Aramco to acquire SABIC for $69.1bn

Saudi Basic Industries Corp [SABIC:AB] – Market Cap as of 05/04/2019 $381.6bn Introduction On March 27th 2019, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70% majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) in a private transaction worth […]

Kick-off: Levi Strauss inaugurates wave of IPOs raising $623m

Levi Strauss & Co. [NYSE: LEVI] – Market Cap as of 30/03/2019:  $9.21bn Introduction On 21 March 2019, jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. made a comeback to the stock market in style after more than three decades since the company was taken private. The public offering raised $623m through the sale of 36.7m shares […]

Alternative asset managers try to get stock market love: Brookfield acquires 62% of Oaktree for $4.7bn

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: BAM) – market cap as of 01/04/2019: USD 46.83bn Oaktree Capital Management (NYSE: OAK) – market cap as of 01/04/2019: USD7.82bn Intro On March 13th, the Canadian alternative asset manager titan Brookfield Asset Management and the California-based alternative asset manager Oaktree Capital Group announced an agreement whereby Brookfield committed to acquire […]

Why do M&A fail?

Introduction When talking about M&A one can assume two different perspectives: that of the investment bank and that of the acquirer. The bank deems a deal successful right after it is concluded, when it gets paid the fees. The reality is quite different for the company, as it might take several years to understand whether […]

From Boring to Booming in the Back Office: Fidelity Information Services acquires Worldpay in a $43bn deal

Worldpay Inc. [WP: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 29/03/2019 $34.66bn Fidelity National Information Services Inc. [FIS: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 29/03/2019 $35.93bn Introduction On Monday, the 18th of March 2019 Worldpay and FIS announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, with FIS acquiring Worldpay through a combination of cash and shares that values the latter at […]

Insurance for Insurers: Centene Corporation’s $17.3bn acquisition of WellCare Health Plans

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) – market cap as of 30/03/2019: $21.940bn WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG) – market cap as of 30/03/2019: $13.486bn Introduction The American health insurer Centene has agreed to acquire competitor WellCare Health Plans Inc. for $17.3bn, creating one of America’s largest managed care groups, providing government-sponsored healthcare plans for 22m […]

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