M&A Take Private Predictions for 2014 -US Market


December 19, 2013

The Deal Pipeline came out with its predictions for take privates in 2014. Since PE was involved in some of the largest take privates of 2013 (see PE Report Card above), we highlight here some of the companies it for M&A and LBO activities.


The Deal says two American apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch Co and American Eagle Outfitters, which both have low attractive share prices (see graphic from MSN Money), could come into play in 2014, as might Internet hosting company Rackspace Hosting. It has a low valuation which makes it a target and it may attract mainstream PE firms after the success PE had with GoDaddy (Internet technologies).


The magazine also sees potential for carve outs and divestments of underperforming divisions at technology giants such as Yahoo!, eBay and HP. The last one on its shortlist is Pep Boys an auto parts and aftermarket retailer whose sales and profit margins are disappointment the public market.

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