US discount stores: three to watch

Private equity houses are circling discount chain operators Big Lots, Family Dollar and 99 Cents Only Stores in the hope of snapping up a sector bargain after the worst US recession in recent memory drove cash-strapped consumers to shop for lower-priced goods.

Mid-February deal snapshot

The long-awaited acquisition of US biotechnology group Genzyme by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis finally arrived in February, with the European Commission and the US Federal Trade Commission giving the takeover – one of the largest global M&A deals in recent years – a green light on 16th February.

Hotel industry: bang or bust in 2011?

The global hotel industry may look like it is on the way to recovery but there are still thorns among the roses as some hotel operators, which have taken a beating during the downturn, are faced with foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Will M&A value return to Canada in 2011?

Is 2011 the year which will herald a resurgence of larger value transactions targeting companies based in Canada?


Corporate raiders: a review of 2010’s hostile and unsolicited takeovers

A number of high value hostile takeovers in 2010 have kept corporate raiders in the headlines throughout the year. It is investments offering steady, non-cyclical returns that are the most frequent targets of high value hostile bids.

Australian minerals and energy sector buoyed by increasing demand

Economies such as Brazil, Russia, India and China may be battling it out between themselves to claim victory as a leading growth region but, according to a report by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and the Bureau of Rural Sciences (Abare-BRS), Australia remains a prime investment destination with the value of domestic minerals and energy projects at an advanced stage of development rising to a record high of AUD 133 billion at the end of October 2010.

Look sideways for green shoots, and observe crisis veterans

A side effect of the global downturn has been that companies, which once enjoyed strong revenues from robust industries, are being forced look elsewhere for growth.

One to watch: food industry M&A

The food industry has been an important target of M&A activity so far in 2010, both among financial buyers looking for consistent revenues and producers trying to secure raw material supplies ahead of expected shortages.

Hong Kong IPO market heats up

There are a number of stocks to watch over the coming months as the initial public offering (IPO) market in Hong Kong heats up with several companies waiting in the wings to tap Asian investors for cash.

International eyes on Brazil

Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016 has sparked a wide range of M&A interest in the country – from advertising to airport security. No doubt this will accelerate over the coming months and years.

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