US Airways agrees to acquire AMR and create world’s biggest carrier

AMR Corporation – Market Cap (as of 01/03/13): $ 0.84 bn; US Airways Group Inc. – Market Cap (as of 01/03/13): $2.19 bn Deal type: 100% Acquisition Size: $6.12bn On February 14, AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, and US Airways Group Inc., announced that the boards of directors of both companies have […]

Elan – from buyer to target?

Elan Corporation PLC – Market Cap (as of 01/03/13) : $6.7bn Royalty Management, LLC On Monday, 25 February 2013, Royalty Pharma, the American private equity firm investing in acquiring drug royalties, made an indicative offer to acquire all the outstanding shares of Elan Corporation, the Irish biotech company listed in New York. Some of you […]

A quite expensive ketchup

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Market Cap (as of 21/02/2013): $249.04bn 3G Capital Market Cap: N/A, participation of $4bn equity H. J. Heinz Company Market Cap (as of 21/02/2013): $23.15bn The Oracle of Omaha has finally decided to put to use some its spare cash and joined forces with 3G Capital in the biggest buyout ever in […]

Comcast to acquire remaining stake in NBCUniversal Media

Comcast market cap (as of 22/02/13) : $105.3bn NBCUniversal Media market cap (as of 22/02/13) : N/A On the 12th of February Comcast Corporation announced the acquisition of General Electric’s remaining 49% common equity stake in NBCUniversal for a valuation of approximately $16.7bn. Comcast, a global media and technology company, operates in two primary businesses: […]

Focus on Monte dei Paschi di Siena

In this continuation from the previous newsletter we enter more in depth into the merits of the Monti Bonds as well as explaining the infamous three derivatives contract recently called into question (Alexandria, Santorini and Nota Italia).   Monti Bonds Although it could be erroneously believed that Monti Bonds have been invented in December 2012 […]

Monte Paschi’s €3.9bn bailout – In depth

BMPS mkt cap (as of 15/02/13): €2.8bn Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472) and Italy’s third biggest lender with €224bn assets, has been at the centre of attention in recent weeks following disclosure that the bank suffered a €730 million loss related to three loss-making derivative transactions (namely […]

Dell’s mammoth $24bn LBO – In depth

Silverlake Partners IV – Committed Capital: $7.5 bn Dell Inc. Mkt Cap: $23.8bn Microsoft Inc. Mkt Cap: $234.9 bn On February 5, 2013 Silver Lake Management LLC announced the completion of the largest LBO since the heyday of Blackstone’s acquisition of Hilton hotels back in 2007 and the largest buyout of a technology company ever, surpassing […]

Liberty Global-Virgin Media: smart use of cheap debt… or not?

Liberty Global mkt cap (as of 15/02/13) : $16.6 bn Virgin Media mkt cap (as of 15/02/13) : $12.15 bn On the 6th of February Liberty Global officially announced a $23.3 bn bid for the takeover of Virgin Media in a mixed cash and stock offer valuing the company at $47.87 per share, a 24% […]

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