Simplifying LVMH

The transaction "will allow the simplification of the structures, long requested by the market, and the strengthening of LVMH's Fashion and Leather Goods division". The French king of the luxury goods realm has announced he will combine the Christian Dior fashion brand with LVMH to simplify the business structure and boost LVMH’s earnings.   DEAL … Continue reading Simplifying LVMH

AB InBev – Asahi deal M&A activity rebounds for the Alcohol Industry

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV has accepted Asahi Group Holdings Ltd.’s offer to buy the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55bn euros ($2.9bn). The AB InBev-SABMiller merger would create the world’s biggest beer group with about 30% of the global beer market. Drivers of the deal Asahi’s offer to buy the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantine … Continue reading AB InBev – Asahi deal M&A activity rebounds for the Alcohol Industry

The Marriott – Starwood Deal The Golden Age for M&A in the Hospitality Sector

On November 16 2015, Marriott and Starwood agreed to an acquisition transaction valued at $12.2bn that will create the world’s largest hotel company so far. Drivers of the deal Marriott International (MAR) lining up a takeover bid for Starwood hotels and Resorts (HOT) caught everyone by surprise since Marriott did not take part in the … Continue reading The Marriott – Starwood Deal The Golden Age for M&A in the Hospitality Sector

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A MEGADEAL IS BREWING BETWEEN AB INBEV AND SABMILLER

On October 12th 2015, AB Inbev has agreed to purchase SABMiller for about £68bn ($104.2bn) to form the world’s largest brew maker so far with combined sales revenues of about $64bn. Drivers of the Deal SABMiller’s acquisition marks the most ambitious step yet for the world’s largest brewer since the merger of Anheuser-Busch and InBev … Continue reading THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A MEGADEAL IS BREWING BETWEEN AB INBEV AND SABMILLER

Retail & Consumer Products market update

Japan Tobacco International has bought an Iranian cigarette maker in order to consolidate its leadership in a country that is expected to experience economic growth once international sanctions are removed. The announcement arrived after rumours that Philip Morris was entering the market. The US-Qatari consortium led by Stephen Ross is near to buy Formula One … Continue reading Retail & Consumer Products market update

THREE-WAY BOTTLER MERGER

On August 6th 2015, Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CEE), an independent bottler of Coke products in Europe, agreed to a three-way merger with two other bottlers in that region: Coca Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG. This transformational transaction will create the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net revenues of … Continue reading THREE-WAY BOTTLER MERGER

HEINZ AND KRAFT TO MERGE, FORMING A NEW FOOD GIANT

On March 25, 2015 H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) announced they have entered into a definite merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. Existing Heinz shareholders will have a 51% ownership stake in the combined company, whereas existing Kraft shareholders will have a 49% ownership stake. Drivers of the … Continue reading HEINZ AND KRAFT TO MERGE, FORMING A NEW FOOD GIANT

DIGITAL LUXURY SHOPPING: YOOX – NET-A-PORTER

On March 31 2015, Italian web-based clothier Yoox SpA agreed to purchase Net-a-Porter, the high-end fashion site controlled by Cie. Financière Richemont SA, in an all-stock deal representing an effort to strengthen their presence in the small-but-increasingly-competitive online market for luxury goods. Transaction drivers The new company will be called Yoox Net-a-Porter Group and it will be the world’s largest … Continue reading DIGITAL LUXURY SHOPPING: YOOX – NET-A-PORTER

BIGGER IS BETTER: EXPEDIA ACQUIRES ORBITZ

On February 12, Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) announced it had entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW) including all of Orbitz’s brands (such as HotelClub, CheapTickets and Ebookers), for $12.00 per share in an all-cash $1.3 billion transaction. Both companies own a portfolio of travel booking websites. This … Continue reading BIGGER IS BETTER: EXPEDIA ACQUIRES ORBITZ