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M&A as a Growth Strategy

  Merging with or acquiring another company isn’t just about consuming or becoming bigger than the competition. In an in-depth article with ABF Journal, Phil Isom and Dan Tiemann of KPMG outline the deals their organization has pursued in the last 12 months and the strategies behind them. The authors detail how M&A can and should be used as a growth strategy with an eye on bringing new talent, tool ...

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Extracting Value from M&A Disputes

  At the close of August 2014, $1.1 trillion passed through American hands in M&A deals, while the global tally was $2.4 trillion. Those totals mark the highest year-to-date volume since 2007. While that’s great for the industry, not all these deals ended happily. When anticipated value doesn’t materialize after the deal is done, disputes can arise, usually involving future payouts related to perfo ...

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Billion Dollar Battle for Dollar Store

Because the economic recovery we’ve all been told is happening never really arrived, dollar stores across the United States are doing big business these days. Because of that, there’s a huge takeover battle going on between the nation’s three largest dollar store retailers. Apparently, there’s billions to be made, one dollar at a time. Family Dollar Stores (FDS) originally rebuffed an unsolicited $9.1 billi ...

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Netflix Latest to Oppose Comcast Time Warner Merger

  Netflix is the latest company to join a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the pending $45 billion Comcast / Time Warner merger. In a 256-page report, Netflix details how the merger will give the new entity too much control over the internet, and that this new power will enable it to stifle online video distributors that it sees as competition. Comcast continues to ar ...

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Purchase Price Allocation

Analyze early and avoid earnings surprises The purchase price allocation (PPA) process is often treated as an afterthought in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Thinking about PPA can help guide a deal to a more predictable conclusion. In the most rewarding deals, a prompt PPA process helps acquirers analyze, from a financial reporting point of view, the primary drivers or intangible values associated with ...

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One Quarter of All Public M&A Deals Involve Insider Trading

  As if the general public hadn’t lost enough faith in the stock market with recent revelations of rigged deal-making that benefits only a few, a new study shows that 25 percent of all M&A deals between public companies involve some kind of insider trading. The study, conducted by McGill University and New York University, looked at informed trading activity in equity options prior to the announcem ...

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Five Overpriced Acquisitions That Were Smart Deals

You know how it goes. Some billionaire or corporate conglomerate throws out a huge bid for a business acquisition that everyone is certain is way over the top. It’s impossible such an outlandish offer could be profitable or even justified based on the subject entity. From the LA Clippers $2 billion sale to the next windfall for a teenage phenom who creates a gimmicky phone app; it seems as if one of these b ...

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More Mega Media Acquisitions Raise Questions

Up until now, all the corporate M&A talk for 2014 has surrounded the $45 billion deal Comcast has made for Time-Warner Cable. That’s not just because of the price tag. If approved by regulators, Comcast would end up as the internet gatekeeper for one out of every three homes and businesses in the country. That’s also a lot of power and control over internet access, quality and service for one third of t ...

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Comcast Pleads Case in Time Warner Merger

Comcast recently filed its public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) explaining how the American public will benefit from its $45 billion planned merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast claims the merger is necessary because it can’t compete with the likes of Google, Apple, Verizon and Netflix--companies with a national footprint. On the flipside, over 50 public interest grou ...

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The Value Opportunity to Private Companies

Can private companies really increase their value 80-100 percent by limiting unsystematic (controllable) risks? The November/December 2013 issue of The Value Examiner featured Ken Sanginario’s article entitled, “The Valuation Business: A Strategic Road Map for Success.” In this article, Sanginario answers questions raised by skeptics to make the case that value doubling for private companies is possible. ...

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Building Value from the Inside-Out

Maximizing value by minimizing risk Most private company owners are not aware of the impact of company-specific risk on the value of their businesses. When they are faced with a need to increase the value of their businesses in order to close a value gap, they typically only focus on growing sales, reducing costs, or making an acquisition. None of those strategies are the most effective initial way to incre ...

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Big Pharma Megamergers Bad for Management, Good for Shareholders

Pharmaceutical companies that have remained among the world’s top 20 largest have all gone through a megamerger with a $10+ billion target company between 1995 and 2005. That sounds like good news, and it is—for the shareholders. On the flipside, such gargantuan couplings tend to wreak havoc on internal management systems, as well as organizational and critical programs; even research and development suffer ...

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Former Yahoo Finance VP Talks Smart Acquisitions

In a Q&A by Inc.com, former Vice President of Finance for Yahoo, Dennis Morgan, discusses the most important points of handling an acquisition, based on his $5 billion worth of deals while with the internet giant.  In the article, Morgan discuss why deals go wrong, how to close the gap with a proper operating plan, where deals fall through on the operations level, the need for a strategic roadmap and th ...

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M&A Looking Up for Middle Market in 2014

In an optimistic prediction from Reuters, middle market M&A activity should carry lots of opportunities throughout 2014.  The positive outlook comes after a combination of more certainty with respect to Fed tapering and fewer concerns about government stalemates.  The prediction also relies heavily on the observation that companies previously focused on cost savings have begun to shift their attention t ...

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M&A Advisory Services

The next generation Pursuing an acquisition for the sake of improving the top line is risky.  A company can focus on creating value by reducing their cost of capital and thereby improving their risk profile.  Business valuation analysts are uniquely positioned to offer advice on risk and devise strategies for corporate clients to reduce risk exposure.  These measures usually lead to improved sales, profitab ...

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Tronox Creditors Recover $14 Billion in Damages

Spinoff deemed an attempt to hinder and delay debtor’s creditors In December 2012, Tronox Inc. creditors concluded their case to recover at least $14 billion in damages from Anadarko Petroleum Corp’s Kerr-McGee unit over a spin off they claimed drove Tronox into bankruptcy. In 2006, Kerr-McGee spun off part of its business as Tronox before selling itself to Anadarko for $18.4 billion. Tronox, which was prev ...

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