mergers and acquisitions

Private Equity Giant to Buy WebMD

Private Equity Giant to Buy WebMD

One of the world’s biggest and the most known private equity firms is buying an online health publisher WebMD Health Corp. The parties announced the deal on Monday evening, stating the deal would be worth around $2.8 billion.   The financials of the deal   Private equity giant KKR will pay $66.50 per share, which is a premium of 20.5% [...]

Cirque du Soleil Leaps into an Acquisition

Cirque du Soleil Leaps into an Acquisition

Cirque du Soleil has broadened its horizon and moved beyond just being a circus arts company. The Canadian company, together with its private equity owner TPG, announced an acquisition of Blue Man Productions. The group is expected to have other targets in its bold acquisition list, as it wants to expand its grip as a global entertainment group.   The [...]

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

The US bank has been relatively quiet in the acquisition department ever since the financial crash. However, it has regained confidence and according to reports, is now approaching a UK fintech business. Worldpay Group could become the bank’s biggest acquisition.   Preliminary approaches   Fox Business reported the board of Worldpay admitting the US bank has made a preliminary approach [...]

Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

When it comes to investing in the financial sector, venture capital and private equity have long been less keen on interesting in B2B companies. But McKinsey & Co’s latest research suggest things might be changing and investors are now targeting financing solution for both buyers and suppliers, together with automated account management tools. Can fintech conquer the B2B sector?   [...]

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

According to the Argos Mid-Market Index, the price for mid-market companies in Europe is on the increase. Mid-market M&A pricing rose by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2017. Private equity funds were paying increasingly high prices in these situations, states the index collected by Epsilon Research and Argos Soditic.   What does the index show?   According to the [...]

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

KPMG has published its Pulse of Fintech, which covers the global fintech industry performance for Q1 of 2017. KMPG’s research finds global fintech investment to have a modest, yet solid start to the year, with a few strong performers to lead the way.   Global fintech investment falls slightly   The KMPG research shows the first three months of the [...]

MoneyGram Gets a Sweetened Deal from China

MoneyGram Gets a Sweetened Deal from China

The US fintech firm MoneyGram has received an increased buyout deal from China’s Ant Financial. The reports suggest the Chinese company increased its bid to buy the fintech firm by 36%, but regulatory hurdles are still on the horizon.   Improving the bid to acquire the fintech firm   Ant Financial, which is an Alibaba subsidiary, has offered to buy [...]

Private Equity Deal Helps Save Jobs

Private Equity Deal Helps Save Jobs

A British heritage retail chain has been rescued by private equity in a last minute pre-pack administration deal. Jones Bootmaker was almost destined to go under until private equity firm Endless was able to make a deal with the retailer’s current private equity owners, Alteri.   The Leeds-based private equity firm had reportedly been talking to the distressed company since [...]

Insurers Increasingly Interested in Private Equity

Insurers Increasingly Interested in Private Equity

Private equity is going through a strong period. The alternative asset class has been shown to be among the top diversification options for investors, but others are starting to look to the sector as well. The Financial Times published a post on Monday to highlight insurers increasing interest to diversify and to look in private equity.   What is behind [...]

M&A Activity Causing Concerns, Should It?

M&A Activity Causing Concerns, Should It?

The market is always open for analysis and investors are trying to read into every little detail to find an edge over competitors. Now, some have been caught by the recent activity in the M&A sector. After the failed and somewhat surprising bid by Kraft Heinz for Unilever last week, investors are considering whether the sector is headed for another [...]

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

New listings might well be on the way in the months ahead. This newfound positive mood for initial public offerings (IPOs) is driven by banks selling large blocks of stock in the European market – and succeeding in the deals.   The Financial Times published a post on the positive start to the year’s IPO sector, especially in terms of [...]

China’s Private Equity Posts Another Strong Growth

China’s Private Equity Posts Another Strong Growth

China’s private equity sector has posted another strong month. The total assets under management increased from RMB750 billion (USD109 billion) to RMB10.98 trillion (USD1.58 trillion) in January. China’s official Xinhua news agency also reported the number of big PE firms reached 147. These are firms with assets of minimum RMB10 billion (USD1.4 billion).   Despite the strong growth in the [...]

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market Dominance, Dealmaking Reaches New Highs

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market ...

The superlatives are flying this week as analysts and companies describe the latest rush of deal activity and news. Here is a roundup of just five of the biggest, the largest, most audacious and record-breaking totals.   Biggest Year on Record for US M&A Market … and Highest Volume Year to Date Ever   A record number (45) of deals [...]

Private Equity to Test Investor Appetite in Australia

Private Equity to Test Investor Appetite in ...

  The volatile stock market has resulted in a muted investor appetite, but private equity-backed companies have remained a bit more upbeat. While initial public offerings have not been the chosen route for many firms, especially in Australia, the mood might be about to change.   Private equity firm, Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), has launched its IPO of Link Group, [...]

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

  The market turmoil over the summer has certainly received not just a number of big headlines, but also investors’ attention. The Chinese stock market suffered the deepest one-day drop of all times and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also plummeted by nearly as much as 1,000 points during the third quarter.   While the volatile market conditions have certainly [...]