Tag: M&A

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 […]

How Fast is Fast Enough? Advent International to acquire tech components manufacturer Laird for £1.2bn.

Laird plc (LON: LRD) – market cap as of 09/03/18: £979.8 m Introduction On March 1, 2018, Advent International announced it will acquire the UK electronic components producer Laird plc for £1.2bn, or £2/share. The deal marks yet another conquest for private equity firms in search for viable targets to employ their record amounts of […]

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 […]

Thomson Reuters making the headlines as Blackstone acquires its Financial and Risk unit

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: USD41.1bn Thomson Reuters Corporation (TSX:TRI) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: CAD35.8bn Introduction On January 30, 2018, Thomson Reuters announced the agreement to sell a 55% stake in its Financial and Risk unit to the US private equity firm Blackstone for more than $17bn. […]

2017 M&A Review and 2018 Breakthrough: the cases of the Pharma and TMT sectors

Introduction In January 2018, M&A activity surpassed investors’ expectations. According to a report by law firm Baker McKenzie, global mergers and acquisitions are expected to hit an 18-year record, reaching $3.2 trillion in 2018. To the same extent, cross-border M&A is expected to reach new time highs. In the December 2017, President Trump signed the […]

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 […]

Creating today’s Media Powerhouse: Meredith to buy U.S. publisher Time in Koch-backed Deal

  Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) – market cap as of 02/12/2017: $2.96bn Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME.K) – market cap as of 02/12/2017: $1.85bn Introduction On the November 26, 2017, Meredith Corporation entered into a binding agreement to acquire Time Inc., Meredith’s former rival and one the biggest incumbents in the media sector, for a $2.8bn. The bidder […]

Online-to-Offline: Alibaba joins the trend with $2.88bn investment in Sun Art

Sun Art Retail Group Ltd (HKG: 6808) – Market Cap as of 02/12/17: $74.70bn Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) – Market Cap as of 02/12/17: $447.20bn Introduction On November 19, 2017, the Chinese online giant Alibaba acquired a 36.16% stake in Sun Art, an important player in the Chinese offline retail market. A unit of Alibaba […]

Total buys Engie’s LNG assets for $1.5bn in a race to boost its gas business

Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT) – market cap as of 17/11/2017: $138.514bn Engie S.A. (PAR: ENGI) – market cap as of 17/11/2017: $34.837bn Introduction On November 08, 2017, the French multinational oil and gas company Total announced that it entered into an agreement to buy the Liquefied Natural Gas assets of electric utility firm Engie in […]

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 […]

Novartis places a $3.9bn bet on radio pharmaceuticals

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) – market cap as of 04/11/2017: $219bn Advanced Accelerator Applications SA (NASDAQ:AAAP) – market cap as of 04/11/2017: $3.56bn Introduction On October 30, 2017, Novartis announced its intention to make a tender offer for 100% of the share capital of Advanced Accelerator Applications, for a total consideration of $3.9bn. AAA’s key product, […]

Airbus Joins Bombardier: the C Series Programme Takes Off

Airbus SE (EPA:AIR) – market cap as of 26/10/2017: USD 64.64bn Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) – market cap as of 26/10/2017: CAD 6.16bn Introduction On October 16, 2017, Airbus and Bombardier signed an agreement to become partners on the C Series aircraft program. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales and marketing, and customer support […]

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