The German company strikes back: Merck wins takeover battle for Versum

Merck KAaG [ETR:MRK] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: €12.29bn ($13.77bn) Versum Materials Inc. [NYSE:VSM] – market cap as of 28/04/2019: $5.68bn (pre-announcement undisturbed value: $3.28bn) Intro On April 12th the German Chem-tech company Merck KAaG signed the definite agreement to buy the American special materials company Versum in an all-cash transaction. The price tag […]

Got Game? NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox Technologies for $6.9Bn

Mellanox Technologies Ltd [MLNX: NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 03/04/2019 $6.46bn NVIDIA Corporation [NVDA: NASDAQ] – Market Cap as of 03/04/2019 $114.25bn Introduction On Monday 11 March 2019 NVIDIA announced an all-cash acquisition of Mellanox Technologies at $125 per share, implying a total EV of $6.9bn. NVIDIA, whose share price had previously come under pressure due to a weakening demand for its […]

SoftBank’s commitment in WeWork grows to 9% of Vision Fund’s AUM, its long-term tech focused investment arm

SoftBank Group CO [9984:TSE] – Market Cap as of 26/11/2018 JPY 9.614T Introduction SoftBank group (SBG) is a true believer in WeWork’s idea, with a total combination of debt and equity funding in the loss-making U.S. shared office space provider of $8.4 bn. This month, WeWork received an additional $3bn injection from SoftBank Corp, in […]

Waiting paid off: Elliott and Veritas to jointly acquire Athenahealth for $5.7bn

Athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN) – market cap as of 11/22/2018: $5.36bn Introduction On the 12th of November 2018, private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliot Management announced their plan to buy Athenahealth Inc. for $5.7bn in an all-cash deal. The deal values Athenahealth at $135 per share, thus offering a 12.2% premium compared to […]

“Xs” and “Os”: SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8bn

SAP SE (FWB: SAP) – market cap as of 23/11/2018: €109.7bn ($124.5bn) Introduction On November 10th, 2018, enterprise software giant SAP announced that it would acquire Qualtrics, one of cloud computing’s rising ‘unicorns’, for $8bn in cash. The announcement was made shortly before the much anticipated Qualtrics IPO, which had been under preparation for months. […]

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 […]

Big Blue fires back in $34bn deal for Red Hat

IBM – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $123.54 Red Hat – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $173,75 Introduction From the 1900’s to the 1970’s, technology companies went from producing bulky recording machines to even bulkier versions of the first computers. Since then, they ditched the design, which resembled a microwave more so than […]

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, […]

Time to enter the game: UK’s Playtech acquires Italy’s Snaitech

Playtech PLC (LSE:PTEC) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: £2.50bn Snaitech SpA (BIT:SNA) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: €409.8m Introduction On April 12, the world’s largest online gaming software supplier announced it had agreed to acquire a 70.6% stake in Snaitech, the Italian gaming and betting market leader. Subject to completion of this €846m […]

The Battle of Dragons – Recent Acquisitions and Investments in China amid the Rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: $462.0bn Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKG:0700) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: HK$3,780bn Introduction The first two weeks of April 2018 have seen a string of aggressive acquisitions and the announcement of financing rounds by companies backed by the Chinese technology giants Alibaba and Tencent. […]

The tech offering spree goes on: Dropbox goes public with a sensational IPO

Dropbox Inc. (NASDAQ:DBX) – market cap as of 13/04/2018: €11.8bn Introduction Founded in 2007, Dropbox is the leading pure-play cloud storage and collaboration platform. Its mission is to “unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working”. Dropbox is focused on reducing the amount of time people spend on tedious tasks […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Rise Of User-Based Valuation In Tech

Introduction When we look at the biggest companies by market cap, many of them are Tech firms, capable of leveraging innovative technologies to create new types of businesses. Most times they offer business models that are so different from the companies we are used to, that we struggle in finding the best way to give […]

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 […]

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