As expected, mergers and acquisitions activity in 2018 is off to a strong start with deal value already reaching $2 trillion this year. Tax reform, which lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% has certainly impacted activity as many companies are already putting their tax savings to work in deals. One interesting trend we’ve seen […]

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Last week alone, there were three major consolidations in the pharmaceutical space: Teva will acquire the generic business of Allergan Hikma pharmaceuticals will acquire Roxane, Boehringer Ingelheim’s generic drug business Mylan will acquire Perrigo These three deals in just a few days reflect the trend of pharmaceutical consolidation as companies seek new products in order to […]

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The top five deals announced in Q1 2015 were all well above $10 billion. In comparison to last year, the number of mega deals announced, or acquisitions over $5 billion, doubled. Last year there were 14 mega deals in the first quarter and this year there were 28. Despite the record-breaking activity of Q1 2015, […]

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Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy a German maker of motorcycle apparel and accessories, Detlev Louis Motorrad-Vertriebs, for approximately 400 million euros ($456 million). Despite the current market conditions, Warren Buffett, once again demonstrates that opportunities can be found in any market. He sees Europe as an opportunity for growth, calling the purchase a “door opener” […]

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Chicken of the Sea owner, Thai Union, leverages economies of scale in Bumble Bee transaction. Thai Union Frozen Products, announced that it would acquire Bumble Bee, the second-largest tuna company in the U.S., for $1. 5 billion. Although Thai Union is the number one global producer of canned tuna, this acquisition will help boost Thai […]

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At first glance you may ask, “Why in the world would Warren Buffett buy Duracell?” One explanation is financial. Through a bit of fiscal engineering Berkshire Hathaway is able to avoid triggering significant taxes. The Duracell transaction, is essentially a merger through a stock swap. Berkshire will give P&G $4.7 billion of the shares it […]

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Strong healthcare M&A activity is predicted for 2014 as the industry faces market and regulatory changes.  Click on the infographic for a closer look at 2013 trends and 2014 predictions.

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After battling for six months, Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank finally came to an acquisition agreement on March 11 for $1.8 billion, forming the country’s fourth-largest men’s retailer. Men’s Wearhouse expects cost synergies of $100-150 million over the next three years to result from the deal, including the benefit of better purchasing power. While […]

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The following question was asked during our most recent webinar, “Discovering Markets.” Q: How do you choose which quadrant of the opportunity matrix to focus on? A: When beginning to plan for external growth, you may be blown away by the sheer number of possibilities and options. As exciting as they may appear, you’ll have […]

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Last week, Sysco announced it would buy rival US Foods for nearly $3.5 billion. Sysco is already a huge player in the food industry with customers ranging from the US military to schools to five-star restaurants. This deal brings together the two largest food distributors in the US, increasing Sysco’s share of the food distribution […]

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Every company is for sale, for the right equation. This maxim applies to companies in any industry, including credit unions and CUSOs.  In “CUSO Consolidation Should Begin With Benefits” the Credit Union Times reports insights from Capstone’s webinar with NACUSO  presented by Managing Director John Dearing. Read the entire article here: “CUSO Consolidation Should Begin With Benefits.” […]

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The trend of consolidation continues. Just one week after Kroger announced it would buy Harris Teeter, there’s another big deal in the grocery industry.  Canada’s number one grocer, the Loblaw Companies, announced it would buy the top pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, for $11.9 billion in cash and stock. It’s likely this acquisition is a direct […]

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Big news from the grocery sector:  Kroger will buy Harris Teeter for $2.5 billion following the trend of consolidation in the grocery industry. Earlier this year, Empire Ltd, the owner of Canadian grocery chain Sobeys, bought Safeway’s Canadian business for $5.7 billion in a “game changing” deal. As the supermarket industry becomes more competitive, companies […]

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According to the Wall Street Journal,  November 2009 was the biggest month in over a year for deals involving consumer products and food and drinks firms, with $12.54 billion in acquisitions.  And it doesn’t look like this momentum will be stopped.  Kettle Chips, Just for Men and Grecian Formula hair-coloring products, Aqua Velva cologne, Brylcreem hair […]

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