Reaching for the Sky: Cellnex acquires Arqiva’s Telecom Towers for £2bn

Cellnex Telecom SA [CLNX: BME] – Mkt cap as of 19/10/19: €12.24bn Arqiva – not listed Introduction On the 8th of October 2019, Arqiva announced the sale of its Telecoms business (TowerCo) to Cellnex for £2bn, which Arqiva will use to reduce its leverage, currently standing at a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.9. The operation will […]

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 […]

Connecting the wires: CommScope acquires ARRIS

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $3.55bn ARRIS International Plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $5.32bn Introduction On November 8, 2018 CommScope, global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, announced the acquisition of modems and set-top boxes maker, ARRIS International Plc. for $7.4 billion in an all-cash transaction […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

A New Behemoth in the Indian Telecom Industry: Vodafone India to Merge with Idea Cellular

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD:NASDAQ) – market cap as of 31/03/2017: £55.39bn ($69.48bn) Idea Cellular Ltd (IDEA:NSE) – market cap as of 31/03/2017: INR 309.51bn ($4.78bn) Introduction Vodafone Group PLC, a global provider of telecommunication services, and Idea Cellular Ltd, an Indian telecommunication company, announced their intention to join forces to further pursue growth in the […]

CenturyLink-Level3: Another Deal in U.S. TMT M&A Wave

CenturyLink Inc.  (NYSE: CTL) — market cap as of 04/11/2016: $12.58bn Level 3 Communications Inc (NYSE: LVLT) — market cap as of 04/11/2016: $18.52bn Introduction On October 31, 2016, CenturyLink Inc. agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34bn. The new company will embody the second […]

Information is Power: Blockbuster Media Merger Faces Political Skepticism

AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ T:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $224.61bn Time Warner Inc. (NASDAQ TWX:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $68.04bn Introduction On October 22, 2016, AT&T Inc. announced the acquisition of Time Warner Inc. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $108.7bn including Time Warner’s $23.3bn Net Debt. AT&T will pay $107.50 per share to […]

Micro Focus and HPE Software to Give Birth to One of the World’s Largest Software Companies

HP Inc. (HPQ) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $26.57bn Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $23.08bn Micro Focus International plc (MCRO) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $5.04bn Introduction On September 7, 2016, Micro Focus and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced an $8.8bn “spin-merge”, where Micro Focus will acquire […]

3 Italia Finally Listening to The WIND of Change: Sparks of Consolidation in the European Telecom Industry

Hutchison Holding (2CK.F) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: HKD387bn VimpelCom Ltd (VIP) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: $6.17bn Iliad S.A. (ILD) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: €10.9bn Introduction On August 6, 2015 CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. and VimpelCom Ltd. agreed to combine their Italian subsidiaries, 3 Italia and Wind Telecomunicazioni respectively, in […]

Nokia is “Connecting People” again with the Withings Acquisition

Nokia Corp.; market cap as of 29/04/16: €29.746bn Introduction On April 26, Finland-based Nokia announced plans to acquire France-headquartered healthcare wearables devices manufacturer Withings S.A. in a €170m cash deal. The transaction comes as Nokia seeks to make a consumer-focused comeback, prompted by slowing sales in its network equipment business. Also, the move displays a […]

Liberty Global Bets High on Latin America

Liberty Global plc; Market Cap: $35.46bn (as of 20/11/2015) Cable Wireless Communications; Market Cap: £3.3bn ($5.5bn) (as of 20/11/2015)   Introduction On November 16, Liberty Global plc agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications plc in a transaction worth $5.3bn, thus strengthening its strategic footholds in the emerging markets. The deal will imply the end […]

Vivendi: A ‘TELE-novela’ of strategic transactions

Vivendi SA; Market Cap: €30.0bn as of 16/10/2015 In June 2015, Vivendi appointed Vincent Bolloré as the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Since then Vivendi has been under the spotlight as it set a different strategy focused on repositioning the group’s activity in Europe and re-entering the telecom and gaming industries. Specifically, Vivendi has […]

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