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December 20, 2010
A Meaty Deal: JBS To Acquire Sara Lee?
Yet another food deal is in the making! Is this one as tasty as the others?
December 13, 2010
Is Borders a Dead Fish Trying to Swallow a Barnes & Noble Whale?
Barnes & Noble has been up for sale since August, and a potential buyer has finally come through the woodwork. William Ackman, the manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, would like to help Borders finance an acquisition. Seems like a good match? Think again.
December 06, 2010
PepsiCo: It’s Time to Drinkify and Snackify Wimm-Bill-Dann!
This is PepsiCo’s largest international acquisition, as well as the largest American acquisition of a Russian company. In other words, it's BIG. REALLY big ..
November 29, 2010
Barbarians at the Gate 2.0: KKR Attacks Del Monte Foods
What better way to start off the holiday season than a discussion about a food company buyout? How ironic to discover on Thanksgiving Day that Del Monte Foods (DLM) will be acquired by KKR!
November 23, 2010
Caterpillar Just Got Bigger…And It’s Got a New Attitude
No drama in this deal! Just some cash from the balance sheet, debt, and bit of equity. Caterpillar's plans to acquire Bucyrus capitalize on emerging market demand for commodities. Caterpillar is really no caterpillar.
November 15, 2010
Fighting Over Rocks: Shale, Chevron, and the Versailles of Natural Gas Fields
Chevron (CVX) finally gets it and hits a potential home run: by acquiring Atlas Energy (ATLS), Chevron is calling the bottom of the natural gas price plummet and betting on the success of new shale extraction technologies.
November 08, 2010
Canada to BHP: Keep Your Greedy Hands Off My Potash!
There's been yet another dramatic development in the continuing saga with BHP Billiton and its yearning for Potash ...
November 01, 2010
SGX/ASX Vs. Alternative Trading Platforms: Will the Popular Kid or New Kid Win?
What should SGX and ASX do, now that their more efficient rivals are beating down their door?
October 25, 2010
NSTAR: The Yin to Northeast Utilities’ Yang
Will this newly-merged power company be one of the next clean energy growth stories, or will it become just another clunky conglomerate?
October 18, 2010
Will Potash’s Prince Ever Come?
This week, we will take a look at what’s going on with BHP Billiton and its marriage proposal to Potash, especially in light of the recent twist in this dramatic saga: Sinochem allegedly dropped plans to place a counter-bid! Is Prince Charming no longer around the corner?
October 11, 2010
Look! There Genzyme Stands Like a Stone Wall
Genzyme will likely stall and stonewall until it gets a price that it wants, either from Sanofi-Aventis or a White Knight. Even Stonewall himself knew when to avoid stonewalling. Genzyme will need to justify a higher price if it expects to get one.
October 04, 2010
Merge or Be Purged: Will Southwest’s Aggressive Move Work?
Purchasing AirTran is one solution to Southwest's growth dilemma, but it’s a risky move. Will Southwest remain the low-cost carrier consumers have come to know and love?
September 27, 2010
The Potash Clash: Will BHP Back Off?
The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is disgusted with BHP Billiton’s $38.6 billion, $130/share cash tender offer. Who will win?
September 20, 2010
Hewlett-Packard Shareholders: Dude, Where’s My CEO?
This week we’re looking at Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) announced plan to acquire ArcSight (ARST), a player in the security software space, for $1.5 billion.