Tag: mergers and acquisitions

Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

One of the most important elements when evaluating an M&A target is the target company's Product & Services portfolio. The ultimate Product question to be answered is: "Does it make more sense to build or acquire?" It is important for the acquiring company to answer a few key questions about the target company's product portfolio. … Continue reading Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

CEOs That Put Themselves First

CEOs That Put Themselves First

"G" is the most important letter in "ESG" investing. "G" or "Governance" refers to the men and women who comprise corporate management teams and Boards. Management - the CEO in particular - matters a great deal as to the long-term success of any company. Too frequently CEOs and Boards put Executive Compensation ahead of corporate … Continue reading CEOs That Put Themselves First

Amazon Ups Its M&A Effort

Amazon Ups Its M&A Effort

Amazon (ticker: AMZN), has become more aggressive on the M&A front under new CEO Andy Jassy. We have seen this across the Entertainment, Health and Robotics sectors - each highly strategic in our view. Entertainment: Amazon recently closed its acquisition of MGM for $8.5 billion. The MGM acquisition onboards the James Bond franchise - a … Continue reading Amazon Ups Its M&A Effort

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

CEOs and Institutional Investors should not count on strategic acquirers or PE firms to bail out underperforming stocks (or private company holdings for that matter). Not only is the cost of capital significantly higher for would-be acquirers, but target company revenue and profitability forecasts have substantially less visibility and therefore more risk today than they … Continue reading Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

AWS, Azure and Google Cloud are poised to drive vertical M&A for years to come. By vertical M&A we refer to M&A transactions that would enable to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud to build a footprint at the application layer across various industry verticals. The obvious acquisition targets would be customers and partners of AWS, … Continue reading The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism

RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism

SS&C Technologies' (tkr: SSNC) preliminary approach about a potential offer for U.K.-based RPA ("Robotic Process Automation"), firm Blue Prism is detailed below. Read Blue Prism's deal press release HERE.SS&C's proposal values Blue Prism at approximately $1.6 billion. Blue Prism generated recurring revenue of approximately 154 million GBP in FY'20. Read Blue Prism's 1H 2021 investor … Continue reading RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism

Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Our view is that the Fed will only truly pursue an extended tightening course (full wind down of QE followed by rate hikes), if price inflation continues to where the Biden Administration feels it will cost the Democrat Party in the 2022 mid-term elections and/or hurt Biden's chances for re-election in 2024. The Fed is … Continue reading Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Tickers mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) In May we wrote about Amazon potentially acquiring MGM. That deal was subsequently announced and will be reviewed by the FTC (per the WSJ) under new FTC Chair Lina Khan. We recently mentioned Ms. Khan as being tough on Big Tech. The FTC's … Continue reading Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace

We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace

We expect CEOs and CFOs to retire at a record pace over the next 12 months due to burnout associated with COVID-19. Last year senior executives scrambled to set-up Work-from-Home environments. This year it will be another headache, namely defining back-to-the-office policies and executing them. At many companies it is the CFO who is the … Continue reading We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace