Category: Corporate Finance

Coffee market heating up: Lavazza takes a $650m bite out of Mars

Introduction On October 1, 2018, leading Italian coffee company Lavazza announced its acquisition of Mars Drinks, the renowned coffee businesses of Mars Incorporated. The deal entails Lavazza’s acquisition of the single-serve Flavia machine and the Klix freestanding Vending machine businesses – two leading brands in the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending segments – and […]

Race towards driverless cars: Honda’s $2.75bn investments in General Motors’ self driving unit

Honda Motor Co Ltd: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – JPY 5.601tn General Motors Co: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – $44.95bn Introduction On October 3rd Honda announced a $2.75 billion investment in General Motors Cruise self driving unit, obtaining a 5.7% stake in the company. The transaction was conducted to develop together autonomous vehicles […]

The first British carmaker to ever hit the Market: how much will it take for the new Aston Martin IPO to go from zero to FTSE?

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc (AML: GB) – market cap as of 8/10/2018: €3.6bn Introduction Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury sports cars, completed its Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange on October 3rd, 2018. The issue price of £19 a share corresponds to […]

Michael Kors makes high-end fashion statement with €1.83bn acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace

Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) – market cap as of 02/10/2018: USD9.954bn Gianni Versace SpA   Introduction On September 25, 2018 the handbag maker Michael Kors Holdings Limited signed an official agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace SpA for a total EV of €1.83bn. The deal […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

Adobe acquires Marketo for $4.75bn: a massive marketing mashup to cope with rising customers’ expectations

Adobe System [ADBE: NASDQ] – Market Cap as of 30/09/2018 $131.772bn Introduction  On September 20, 2018, the American multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, announced that it had entered into an agreement to buy the B2B marketing engagement cloud platform Marketo from Vista Equity Partners, in a transaction valued at approximately $4.75bn. About Adobe System Adobe […]

The age of risk has just begun and Marsh & McLennan quickly cements its position in the market acquiring Jardine Lloyd Thompson for $5.6bn

Marsh & McLennan Companies [MMC:NYSE] – Market Cap 42,252bn Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc [JLT.T:LSE] – Market Cap 4,025bn Introduction  On September 18, 2018, the New-York-based conglomerate Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (“MMC”), a global leader in the fields of risk, strategy and people, acquired the lower-scaled UK rival Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (“JLT”), a specialized […]

Tesla – Rollercoaster On The Market

Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) – market cap as of 29/09/2018: USD 45.17bn Recent History Tesla Inc. has been on the front page of newspapers since its IPO in 2010. Elon Musk, its charismatic CEO and Chairman, is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in current times and he has been able to transform a small […]

Investing in the Baltic Region: Blackstone to acquire Luminor Bank

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/09/2018: $47.23bn Introduction On September 13, 2018, Nordea and DNB announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell 60% of the Baltic bank Luminor to the private equity giant Blackstone in a transaction that is valued at approximately $1bn. Furthermore, Nordea decided […]

Renesas-IDT: the revamp of deals in the chipmaking industry

Renesas Electronics Corp. (TYO: 6723) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: ¥1.21tn Integrated Device Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: IDTI) – market cap as of 17/09/2018: $6.05bn Exchange rate: 1 JPY (¥) = 0.0089 USD ($) Introduction On September 11, 2018, Japanese Renesas Electronics Corp. (“Renesas Electronics”), a global player in the field of advanced semiconductor solutions, […]

Hot enough? Soft drink makers trying to get sexy again and The Coca-Cola Company’s $5.1 bn acquisition of Costa Coffee.

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) – market cap as of 18/09/18: 196.23 bn Whitbread Plc (LON: WTB) – market cap as of 18/09/18; £ 8.61 bn   Introduction On the 31st of August 2018, The Coca-Cola Company announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Costa Limited, one of the major coffee brands […]

Keeping it in the Family: Natixis to Sell its Retail Banking Activities to BPCE

Natixis S.A. (EPA: KN) – market cap as of 14/09/2018: €18.43bn Introduction On September 12th, 2018 Natixis S.A. announced an agreement for the proposed sale of its retail banking activities to its parent BPCE. The transaction includes the transfer of the firm’s consumer financing, factoring, leasing, sureties and guarantees, and securities services businesses and is […]

Shareholders Activism: recent trends and strategies

Whitbread plc (LON:WTB) – market cap as of 04/05/2018: £7.84bn Introduction Conflicts of interest between shareholders and managers represent an old phenomenon and an inherent element of capitalistic governance systems. It stems from the fact that managers tend to profit from simply because their companies are getting bigger (through higher salaries, increased social standing, etc.) […]

A new class representative: Kroton to acquire Somos for $1.8bn

Kroton Educacional SA (BOVESPA: KROT3) – market cap as of 04/05/2018: R$ 21.75bn Somos Educação SA (BOVESPA: SEDU3) – market cap as of 04/05/2018: R$ 5.70bn Exchange rate: 1 BRL (R$) = 0.285 USD ($) Introduction On April 23, 2018, Kroton Educacional, the largest for-profit education company in Brazil, proceeded to acquire Somos Educação, a […]

Wooing it’s over in financial services: Fidessa has said yes to ION

Fidessa Group plc (LON:FDSA) – market cap as of 04/04/2018: £1.57bn Introduction  On April 20, the board of the UK software company Fidessa has agreed to a £1.5bn all-cash takeover offer from ION, an Ireland-based financial technology company backed by The Carlyle Group. The announcement comes after Fidessa had agreed to be acquired by the Swiss peer […]

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