CEO's need to be comfortable with some level of diversification to keep their companies relevant over the long-term. Long-time Anheuser-Busch InBev (ticker: BUD) CEO Carlos Brito was not afraid of big acquisitions. However, his most notable large acquisitions (Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller) failed to add new beverage categories to the tired product portfolio while weighting it … Continue reading Carlos Brito Is On His Way Out as BUD CEO. Did BUD’s Board Try To Help Brito?
Tag: mergers and acquisitions
Amazon is developing a reputation for poor deal etiquette. Specifically (as reported by the WSJ), Amazon is using intelligence gathered by its venture arm during deal due diligence to develop competitive offerings. Microsoft, Google, Walmart, Alibaba, Shopify and others will likely capture a percentage of venture and M&A deal flow that otherwise would have gone … Continue reading Poor Reputations Travel Quickly
SPACs are popular at the moment accounting for approximately 38% of IPO activity through May. Pershing Square filed for the largest SPAC on record earlier this week with its $3 billion Pershing Square Tontine Holdings filing. SPAC filings of Pershing Square's size suggest more competition for private equity firms may be forthcoming. https://youtu.be/1U2PxBGetqw https://soundcloud.com/ceorater
Disney CEO Bob Iger stepped down from his CEO post effective immediately and will remain Executive Chairman through December 2021. Bob Chapek has been named Chief Executive Officer. Our expectation was that Kevin Mayer - Chairman Direct-to-Consumer & International - would be named Mr. Iger's successor. Does this abrupt CEO change foreshadow a larger transaction? … Continue reading Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?
It ought to be an interesting earnings call next week for CVS Health (ticker: CVS). Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini resigned from CVS Health's Board of Directors last night. Bertolini told the Wall Street Journal that the CVS Health / Aetna post-deal integration is far from over - a statement that contradicts CVS Health CEO … Continue reading CVS Health, Aetna Post-Deal Integration Hiccups
Based on June quarter earnings call results, management teams have less visibility into Sales pipelines, Revenue forecasts and Profitability in the aggregate than several months ago. This in turn causes would be acquirers to haircut purchase price valuations if not walk away from deals entirely. In the former case, valuation haircuts typically either stall deal … Continue reading It Takes Two to Tango. Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon
PE firms can’t cut their way to prosperity in perpetuity. Strategic Acquirers We applaud when strategic acquirers defeat PE buyers for coveted assets (for a list of strategic acquirers that do M&A well click here). Our rationale is that strategic acquirers are typically motivated to optimize acquired assets so as to maximize ROIC over the … Continue reading The PE Model Is Unsustainable
It has leaked that semiconductor giant Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) is working to acquire CyberSecurity software company Symantec (tkr: SYMC). Semiconductor investors are not fans of the deal as AVGO shares have traded off 6% since the news leaked. Conversely, we like the prospective acquisition for a couple of reasons: First, Symantec’s recurring revenues will help … Continue reading We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies
Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning
To borrow a line from one of America's all-time great CEOs, Dr. John Malone - "Big Bubbles Get Bigger - Little Bubbles Disappear" There is less surface tension as bubbles rise thus they continue to expand. The same is true of technology companies both from an M&A perspective as well as from a competitive standpoint. … Continue reading Big Bubbles Get Bigger