The PE energy game: Carlyle Group purchases a stake in Spanish oil giant Cepsa

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) – market cap as of 08/04/2019: USD 6.34bn Introduction On April 8, 2019, the US PE giant Carlyle announced its decision to acquire up to 40% of the capital of the Spanish multinational Cepsa from the sovereign fund of the United Arab Emirates Mubadala for up to $4.8 bn. The transaction […]

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, […]

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 […]

E.ON, Innogy and RWE light up the German energy industry: a €43bn structural reshuffle

Innogy SE (ETR: IGY) – market cap as of 06/04/2018: €21.2bn E.On SE (ETR: EOAN) – market cap as of 06/04/2018: €19.9bn RWE AG (ETR: RWE) – market cap as of 06/04/2018: €12.2bn Introduction On March 10th, German electricity-utility company RWE announced it had reached an agreement to sell a 76.8% stake in Innogy to […]

Cigna Corporation and Express Scripts: a $67bn deal for their survival in the US healthcare industry

CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) – market cap as of 09/03/2018: $42.7bn Express Scripts Holding Co (NASDAQ:ESRX) – market cap as of 09/03/2018: $45.7bn Introduction On March 8, 2018, Cigna Corporation announced the acquisition of Express Scripts Holding for a cash and stock consideration of $67bn. The combination of Cigna – a health insurance firm – and […]

GGP Receives Unsolicited Proposal from Brookfield Property Partners

Brookfield Property Partners (NYSE:BPY) – market cap as of 17/11/2017: $5.59bn General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP) – market cap as of 17/11/2017: $22.38bn Introduction On November 13, 2017, Brookfield Property Partners made a non-binding proposal to acquire all the outstanding shares of common stock of General Growth Properties. Brookfield Property Partners already owned 34% of the […]

FirstRand and Aldermore: a GBP 1.1bn merger across South Africa and UK

FirstRand Ltd (FSR:SJ) – market cap as of 11/10/2017: ZAR295.3bn Aldermore Group Plc (ALD:LN) – market cap as of 11/10/2017: GBP1.07bn Introduction FirstRand and Aldermore, as of 6 November 2017, have agreed upon merging in a £1.1bn deal, at 313 pence per share in cash which implies a 22% premium on the last business day […]

Broadcom bids $130bn for Qualcomm in the largest pure technology deal

Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) – market cap as of 11/11/2017: $108.10bn Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM) – market cap as of 11/11/2017: $95.19bn Introduction On November 3, 2017, Broadcom publicly announced an unsolicited $130bn offer to acquire Qualcomm, its California chip-making rival, which is backed by a strong portfolio of intellectual property that underpins cellular communications in most […]

Gilead bets big with $11.9bn Kite Pharma purchase

Kite Pharma (NASDAQ:KITE) – Market cap as of 23/09/2017: $10.28bn Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) – Market cap as of 23/09/2017: $108.74bn Introduction On August 28, 2017, Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Kite Pharma, Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Gilead will acquire Kite for $180 per share in cash. […]

European Car Makers in Pole Position: PSA Group to Acquire GM’s European Businesses for €2.2bn

Peugeot SA (EPA: UG) – market cap as of 11/03/2017: €15.79bn General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) – market cap as of 11/03/2017: $55.17bn Introduction On March 6, 2017, PSA Group announced an agreement with General Motors Co. whereby the French holding will acquire GM’s Opel and Vauxhall subsidiaries, together with GM Financial’s European operations in […]

Boral Building Up its US Presence with $2.6bn Acquisition of Headwaters

Boral Limited (BLD) – market cap as of 26/11/2016: A$3.79bn Headwaters Inc. (HW) – market cap as of 26/11/2016: $1.77bn Introduction On November 20, 2016, Boral announced the acquisition of Headwaters, a Utah-based stone veneer manufacturer, for $24.25 per share. Boral will pay $1.8bn in cash, for a total EV of $2.6bn. This way, Australia’s […]

Tesla’s Race to the Sun

Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) – market cap as of 23/09/2016: $30.85bn SolarCity (SCTY) – market cap as of 23/09/2016: $1.93bn Introduction On August 1, 2016 Tesla Motors (“Tesla”), US electric cars developer and manufacturer, agreed to acquire SolarCity, US provider of solar energy services, in a $2.6bn deal. Tesla shareholders will receive 1 share of […]

Submerged shipping companies can do nothing but merge: CMA CGM acquires NOL for $2.4bn

Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. market cap as of 29/04/2016: SGD3.346bn (c. USD2.49bn) In the light of the slump in global trade caused by the economic crisis, the once-profitable container-shipping industry has been subject to a wave of consolidation in an attempt to recover from constant losses of the last five years. In order to do […]

Straddling on the oil

Not long ago, two major oil-producing countries (Russia and Saudi Arabia) reached an agreement, according to which the stake of output of those countries was capped at January-2016 levels. The move was very unexpected, since no one had bet that the deal would be reached, thus oil prices went through serious fluctuations the same day; […]

The Biggest Bid: Beer – AB Inbev tries again for SABMiller

Ab InBev; Market Cap: €157.9bn ($179.8bn) as of 09/10/2015 SABMiller; Market Cap: £59.7bn ($91.54bn) as of 09/10/2015   Introduction On Wednesday October 7, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced a £65bn ($99.62) offer, or £42.15 per share, for SABMiller, which was swiftly rejected by the UK based company. It was the third bid by Ab InBev, after the […]

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