Buy, Fix, Sell, Repeat – Blackstone’s Acquisition of TeamHealth

The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 11/11/2016: $28.95bn TeamHealth Holdings (NYSE: TMH) – market cap as of 11/11/2016: $3.07bn Introduction On the 31st of October 2016 Team Health Holdings Inc. announced that the company has reached an agreement to be acquired by a group of investors led by Blackstone Group […]

Liberty Media Won the Formula One’s Acquisition Race

Liberty Media Group (LMCA, LMCB, LMCK) – market cap as of 28/09/2016: $9.61bn Introduction On September 7, Liberty Media Corporation, a US-based mass media company, announced a two-step acquisition of Formula One in a deal that values the company at $8bn, and its equity at $4.4bn. Liberty Media Corporation will perform the acquisition through a […]

A new giant to save hearts: Abbott Laboratories acquires St. Jude Medical for 25bn

Introduction Abbott agreed on Thursday, May 5th, to acquire St. Jude Medical in a cash and stock offer for c. $25bn. By combining, Abbott and St. Jude Medical will capture a larger position across the market for cardiovascular devices. This was the largest in a flurry of health-care deals announced last week including Sanofi’s $9.3bn […]

You Shall Not Merge!

Introduction M&A activity in 2015 has surpassed the peak from 2007 driven by deals in pharmaceuticals, energy, and consumer sector. Many of the factors that helped the dealmakers in 2015 are still in place, but the bond market turmoil and geopolitical instability might play a role in 2016 together with other factors that are yet […]

Sherwin-Williams paints its competitor Valspar and dreams big

Sherwin-Williams, market cap as of 15/04/2016: $27.154bn Valspar, market cap as of 15/04/2016: $8.469bn   Introduction Sherwin-Williams, the largest producer of paints in the United States, agreed to buy rival Valspar Corp., for about $9.3 billion, to become the world’s biggest coatings maker. This compelling combination will lead to a significant expansion in Asia-Pacific and […]

Atlantia S.p.A misses £2.0bn ticket for London City Airport. Canadian funds don’t.

Atlantia; Market Cap: €19.57bn (as of 4th March 2016)  The Deal  On February 2, a consortium led by Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP) and formed by OMERS Private Markets, Alberta Investment Management and Wren House (fund of the Kuwait Investment Authority), announced the acquisition of London City Airport (LCY) for £2.0bn. The airport was put […]

Report on the Italian Banking System: NPL, Bad Bank and M&A Wave

Introduction Markets all around the world have been characterized by high volatility and unsatisfying returns in recent weeks, primarily because of the dramatic drop in oil prices and the alarming data on China’s growth, which has failed to meet analysts’ expectations for the fourth quarter of 2015 by about one percentage point. The issue of […]

Will the U.S. Government Lift Terex Out of Zoomlion’s Hands?

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd.; Market Cap HK$17.24 bn (as of 19/02/2016) Terex Corporation; Market Cap: US$2.4 bn (as of 19/02/2016)   Introduction Zoomlion has made a US$3.3bn non-binding offer to buy US-based company Terex in hopes of foiling the proposed merger between Terex and Konecranes. Zoomlion’s unsolicited offer is currently under […]

Biggest Chinese Acquisition of a U.S Technology Target Yet

Ingram Micro Inc.; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $5.44bn Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., Ltd.; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $2.58bn    Introduction On February 17, 2016, Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., Ltd. (Tianjin) (SSE A Share: 600751 and SSE B Share: 900938), a container shipping and freight agency company, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire […]

Pfizer/Allergan: An escape from the US IRS “monster”

Pfizer Inc.; market cap as of 27/11/2015: $202.7bn Allergan plc; market cap as of 27/11/2015: $126bn   Introduction On November 23, 2015, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan in a stock transaction […]

Telecom industry “calls” for consolidation: threats and opportunities in the Italian market

We all know the strong changes that Internet has brought to our everyday lives; the way people are connected and communicate has changed dramatically over the past years. Phone calls and standard text messages are becoming less and less popular, as alternative communication services and apps like WhatsApp or Messenger take over. Customers’ demand has […]

Enel goes green in order to grow

Enel S.p.A.; Market Cap: $39.10bn (as of 27/11/2015) Enel Green Power S.p.A.; Market Cap: $9.96bn (as of 27/11/2015) Introduction Under an agreement announced in mid-November, Enel, which owns 69% of Enel Green Power (EGP), plans to reintegrate EGP back into its corporate portfolio. Enel, Italy’s largest utility provider, plans to issues €3.1 billion of shares […]

Starwood – Marriott: Star Marriage or a Walkaway?

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.; Market Cap: $12.18bn (as of 19/11/2015) Marriott International Inc.; Market Cap: $ 18.64bn (as of 19/11/2015)   Introduction On November 16, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced that the boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, […]

Liberty Global Bets High on Latin America

Liberty Global plc; Market Cap: $35.46bn (as of 20/11/2015) Cable Wireless Communications; Market Cap: £3.3bn ($5.5bn) (as of 20/11/2015)   Introduction On November 16, Liberty Global plc agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications plc in a transaction worth $5.3bn, thus strengthening its strategic footholds in the emerging markets. The deal will imply the end […]

New Oxygen for Air Liquide: Airgas to be acquired for $13.4bn

AirLiquide; Market Cap: $39.84bn (as of 20/11/15) Airgas; Market Cap: $10.00bn (as of 20/11/15)   Introduction On November 17, the French industrial gases specialist Air Liquide announced it had reached an agreement to acquire the U.S. supplier Airgas for a total consideration of $13.4bn, including debt. The deal would create the largest industrial gases supplier. […]

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