Brookfield Business and CDPQ made the day of Johnson Controls’ Shareholders by acquiring Power Solution Business for $13.2bn

Johnson Control International PLC [JCI: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $30.754bn Brookfield Business Partners LP [BBU: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $4.613bn Introduction On November 13th, 2018 Johnson Control International announced its intentions to sell Power Solutions Business, one of its most profitable divisions. Generating $8bn of revenues so far this […]

Rush for OTT dominance heats up: Deltatre acquires Massive Interactive

Introduction On November 7, Massive Interactive, a London-based OTT software provider, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Deltatre, a global provider of sports media services and technology in a transaction worth up to $127m. This transaction is an attempt by Deltratre to enter the entertainment sector, as well as to […]

Special Report: Pirelli IPO

Introduction On 28-Sep-17, the Italian newspaper ‘Il Sole 24Ore’ has reported the news that Pirelli will tap the market at €6.5 per share, settling at the bottom of the updated price range (€6.5 – €6.7) and implying a market cap of €6.5b. The price set is significant for two reasons: it is at the bottom […]

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 […]

Market Recap 25/04/2015

US US equities climbed to new heights as the week drew to a close with the Nasdaq Composite surpassing its previous peak of 5048.62 points from the year 2000 that marked the height of the dot-com era. The tech-heavy index advanced 3.2% over the last 5 days to close Friday’s trading session at 5092.08. Among […]

Valeant, the serial pharma dealmaker cuts again

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.; market cap (as of 26/02/2015): US$76.68bn Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; market cap (as of 26/02/2015): US$10.07bn     Introduction The pharmaceutical industry has undergone an intense period of consolidation in the past 18 months which is far from over as the big players take advantage of the cheap credit to acquire the […]

Babcock to buy Avincis for £920 million

Babcock International plc. Market Cap (as of 28/03/14): £4.61bn Avincis Group Market Cap (as of 28/03/14): N/A On March 27, 2014 Babcock International, leading engineering support services, announced its acquisition of 100% of Avincis Group shares, a worldwide aerial services provider, for £920mm (about €1.1bn), funded through a £1.1bn rights issue. Babcock Int’l is the […]

Vivendi clings to telecom. Bouygues or Numericable potential partners

Vivendi: Mkt Cap €27.21bn (as of 07/03/14) Bouygues SA: Mkt Cap €9.61bn (as of 07/03/14) Numericable: Mkt Cap €3.52bn (as of 07/03/14) In November 2013, French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi announced plans to spin off its mobile telephone division, SFR, in an effort to refocus its operations in the media sector and remove the […]

Outlook on Investment Banking

The investment banking industry is expected to announce lacklustre returns for 2013, despite an improving global economy, soaring asset prices and abundant liquidity. According to Deutsche Bank, the overall revenue pool is forecasted to be down by 6% (FICC down by 18%, Equity up by 28% mostly driven by equity derivatives, while IB up by […]

Commerzbank joins the European recapitalization effort

Commerzbank Market Cap (as of 17/05/13): €4.42bn Deal Type: €2.5bn Rights Issue On Tuesday Commerzbank announced the details of the rights issue it previously declared in March. This rights issue will aim to raise €2.5bn in line with Basel III capital requirements. An earlier vote of the Board of Directors on April the 19th approved to […]

Lisbon goes back to the market with a €3bn bond issue

Object: €3.0 billion issuance of Obrigações do Tesouro (OT) (fixed rate bonds), interest rate 5.65%, annual coupons On May 6th the Republic of Portugal issued its first new government bonds since requesting an international bailout two years ago, in a heavily-oversubscribed offer of 10-year debt that raised €3bn. The bonds will pay fixed annual coupons […]

BB Seguridade pushes Brazilian IPO market for a rebound

Banco Do Brasil Market Cap (as of April 26th 2013) : € 27.94 bn BB Seguridade Market Cap (as of April 26th 2013) : € 10.91 bn Deal size: € 3.27 bn (30% of total shares), € 3.76 bn with Greenshoe option fully exercised On April 26th it was announced that Banco Do Brazil had […]

HSBC continues its refocusing effort

HSBC Holdings, Plc Market Cap (as of 8/03/13):  $203.55bn Newcastle Investment Corporation Market Cap (as of 8/03/13): $2.83bn On March the 5th HSBC Finance Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings Plc, agreed to sell a portfolio of unsecured and homeowner loans to Newcastle Investment Corporation and SpringLeaf Finance, Inc. in a move to […]