When a sweet deal doesn’t sound sweet enough: Temenos to acquire Fidessa for £1.4bn in cash

Temenos Group (SWX:TEMN) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: CHF7.60bn Fidessa Group (LON:FDSA) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: GBP1.47bn Introduction On February 21st, 2018, the boards of both Temenos and Fidessa have reached an agreement for the takeover of the former over the latter for £1.4 billion. The two European companies operate in two […]

Albertsons and Rite Aid to merge in the latest move to contrast the growing threat posed by online e-commerce

Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: $2.22bn Introduction  On the 20th February, Rite Aid Corporation, one of the leading US drugstore chains, entered into a definitive merger agreement with Albertsons Companies, one of the largest American private equity-backed grocery retailers. The deal will result in the creation of a company with a combined enterprise […]

Coffee and Soda: Keurig to acquire Dr Pepper Snapple for $18.7bn in cash

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) – market cap as of 17/02/2018: $28.78bn Introduction On January 29, 2018, Keurig Green Mountain, the coffee group owned by JAB Holding, announced the acquisition of soda maker Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Under the terms of the reverse takeover, Keurig will pay $103.75 per share in a special cash dividend […]

“The train to IPO is cancelled, we apologize for the inconvenience”: Infrastructure Fund GIP bids €1.98bn for Italian Railway Group Italo-NTV

Introduction On the 8th of February 2018, the shareholders of the Italian high-speed train operator Italo-NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) (“The Company”) have accepted the offer of Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) for the disposal of 100% of their stake, for an equity value of around €1.94bn. As a result, the plan to list 40% of the […]

Still a long way to go: Hochtief’s bid opens takeover battle with Atlantia for Abertis Infraestructuras

Hochtief AG (ETR: HOT) – market cap as of 03/11/17: €9.87bn Atlantia SpA (BIT: ATL) – market cap as of 03/11/17: €22.68bn Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. (BME: ABE) – market cap as of 03/11/17: €18.34bn Introduction On October 19, the German construction company Hochtief announced a counterbid of c. €19bn for the Spanish infrastructure company Abertis, […]

ABB and GE Industrial Services merger: a $2.6bn deal to revamp GE division

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) – market cap as of 06/10/2017: $211.2bn ABB Ltd (SWX: ABBN) – market cap as of 06/10/2017: $53.3bn Introduction On September 25, 2017, ABB announced the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions for a cash consideration of $2.6bn. The transaction is a further move in an industry stepping towards consolidation. ABB, in […]

A Railway over the Wall: Grupo Mexico Acquires Florida East Coast Railway for $2.1bn

Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GMEXICOB) — market cap as of 07/04/2017: MXN438.12bn ($23.47bn) Introduction On March 28, 2017, Mexican mining and railroad conglomerate Grupo Mexico SAB has agreed to buy Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. (FEC) in a $2.1bn deal. By means of this purchase, Grupo México Transportes (Grupo Mexico’s transport subsidiary) […]

Standard Life and Aberdeen’s Merger to Create a £660bn Asset Management Behemoth

Standard Life plc (SL.: LSE) – market cap as of 10/03/2017: £7.52bn Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (ADN: LSE) — market cap as of 10/03/2017: £3.77bn Introduction On March 6, 2017, it was announced that Standard Life plc (“Standard Life”) has agreed to acquire Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (“Aberdeen”) in an all-share transaction. Based on the […]

Blackstone Strikes Again: Blackstone to Acquire Aon Unit for $4.8bn

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $35.23bn Aon plc (NYSE: AON) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $30.67bn Introduction On February 10, 2017, Blackstone agreed to acquire Aon’s employee benefits outsourcing unit for $4.8bn. Blackstone will pay $4.3bn in cash to Aon’s shareholders, and an additional $500m based on […]

A Twisted Deal Structure: Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Actelion for $30bn in Cash

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) — market cap as of 10/02/2017: $310.36bn Actelion (VTX: ATLN) – market cap as of 10/02/2017: CHF 28.13bn   Introduction On the January 26, 2017, the US healthcare behemoth Johnson & Johnson announced the acquisition of the Swiss biotech company Actelion for $30bn in cash. The final arrangement came after […]

A Five-calories Drink a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…or not? Dr Pepper Snapple Acquires Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) — market cap as of 24/11/2016: $16.031bn Introduction On November 22, 2016, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., an American beverage producer, agreed to acquire Bai Brands, another American beverage producer focused on antioxidant beverages, for $1.7bn. The deal emerges as traditional customers sway away from sugary drinks and […]

The Semiconductor Industry Goes Big: Qualcomm to Acquire NXP for $47bn

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) – market cap as of 04/11/2016: $96.54bn NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) – market cap as of 04/11/2016: $34.15bn Introduction On October 27, 2016, Qualcomm Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a $47bn agreement in which Qualcomm is to acquire all of the outstanding shares of NXP. This is the largest […]

Bayer – Monsanto: A $56bn Cash Pile Waiting for Regulatory Sign-Off

Bayer AG (BAYN) – market cap as of 24/09/2016: $84.86bn Monsanto Company (MON) – market cap as of 24/09/2016: $45.31bn Introduction On September 14, following months of negotiations, Bayer and Monsanto agreed on a final merger agreement. Bayer will pay $57bn to Monsanto’s shareholders, and will take on $9bn in Monsanto’s debt. The deal represents […]

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 […]

What A Dell!

DELL; Market Cap: N.A. EMC; Market Cap: $53.49bn (as of 16/10/2015) VMware; Market Cap: $28.76bn (as of 16/10/2015)   Introduction On October 12, Dell, one of the largest technological corporations in the world, agreed to acquire EMC Corporation, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems by market share. This $67bn deal is set to […]

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