Feet to the Fire: Mapping the current state of shareholder activism

Introduction  Historically, large institutional investors pursued purely financial strategies and kept a low profile in governance. This may no longer be the case. In a manner vaguely reminiscent of the corporate raiders of the 1980s, a new generation of activist shareholders is on the rise. The number of companies targeted by shareholder activists hit an […]

The Entertainment Earthquake: Evolve or Succumb

Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) – market cap as of 27/04/18: $151.2bn Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) – market cap as of 27/04/18: $67.7bn AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) – market cap as of 27/04/18: $215.8bn Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) – market cap as of 27/04/18: $75.8bn Introduction M&A activity is not a steady phenomenon. Rather, it tends […]

Information is Power: Blockbuster Media Merger Faces Political Skepticism

AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ T:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $224.61bn Time Warner Inc. (NASDAQ TWX:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $68.04bn Introduction On October 22, 2016, AT&T Inc. announced the acquisition of Time Warner Inc. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $108.7bn including Time Warner’s $23.3bn Net Debt. AT&T will pay $107.50 per share to […]

Regulators put an end to the Comcast – Time Warner Cable $45bn saga

Comcast Corporation, Market Cap (as of 30/04/2015): $145.2bn Time Warner Cable Enterprises, Market Cap (as of 30/04/2015): $43.94bn   Introduction The dream of combining the two American giant companies Comcast and Time Warner Cable has come to an end. On April 17, Comcast officially dropped its $45.2bn bid for TWC due to regulatory issues. The […]

Vodafone acquires Ono in a €7.2bn deal to strengthen its quad-play capabilities

Vodafone Group Plc. Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): £59.96bn Ono Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): N/A After having submitted several non-binding offers under €7bn, world’s second-largest wireless carrier Vodafone Group Plc. has confirmed the acquisition of Ono, a private-equity owned Spanish cable TV and internet provider, in a transaction worth €7.2bn of both cash (55%) […]

T-Mobile raises $2bn to increase its footprint in the 4G market

T-Mobile US, Inc. Market Cap (as of 23/11/13): $19.2bn T-Mobile US, Deutsche Telecom majority-owned mobile operator is raising $2bn in an effort to increase its footprint in the 4G LTE market. T-Mobile is the fourth mobile operator in the US with 45M customers ranking after Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel. On November 14, […]

Follow up: Vodafone pockets $130bn from sale of Verizon Wireless Stake

  Verizon Communications (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $134.5bn) Vodafone (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $169.2bn)   In this follow up on our May 25th article(http://bsic.it/2013/05/25/vodafone-to-do-or-not-to-do-that-is-not-the-only-problem/) we analyze this year’s biggest M&A deal yet, the sale of Vodafone of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless (henceforth VW) to Verizon Communications for $130bn. The blockbuster deal […]

Vodafone: To do or not to do? That is not the only problem

AT&T Inc. (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $197.6bn) Verizon Communications Inc. (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $147.0bn) Vodafone Group PLC (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $144.7bn)   Vodafone: M&A since 1985 The strong winds of market activity in the US telecom landscape have recently reignited a dormant flame in the relationship between Vodafone and Verizon […]