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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Recent Mergers and Acquisitions

Have you noticed lately that there have been quite a few mergers and acquisitions across various industries. It looks like the Big Brothers do not want any more competition and so are ending up merging with their counterparts to create a "Bigger Brother" to gain more market share. I do not know whether this policy will be successfuly - the big mergers of the past such as AOL-Time Warner or the more recent HP-Compaq have not really yielded any solid results. Anyway, it is still an interesting phenonmenon espcially since Wall Street is closely monitoring them. Here are a few that come to my mind instantly (in no specific order):

  1. Symantec and Veritas - this happened a couple of months ago. Read on ...

  2. Oracle buys over Peoplesoft - of course, everyone has heard about it. Oracle kept on increasing its bid and finally nailed the offer. This happened sometime towards the end of last year.

  3. Wirless companies Sprint and Nextel - they ended up creating a bigger company capable of taking on the Big Guys - Verizon and SBC (Cingular).

  4. SBC and AT&T - this is probably the biggest of them all. SBC, a relatively unknown company to the rest of USA but a giant in California, will be acquiring one the hottest blue-chip companies AT&T.
  5. Verizon and MCI - not to be left behind, Verizon ended up acquiring another communication giant MCI.

  6. P&G and Gillette - if you thought that mergers and acquisitions were only happening in the IT and Communications industry, then you are wrong. P&G is going to acquire Gillette - what this means is that you might now get deals like this : "Buy a Dove soap, get a men's razor FREE" !

So, you see these are interesting times for Wall Street. Keep a watch and probably you might make some money out of it ! As for me, I just keep watching and watching ...

Ciao !


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