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M&A in the food industry

As the market changes, so must the food industry, and this has become evident in the M&A trends of the food and beverage sector. A PWC report entitled “An Appetite for M&A” outlines the challenges facing the food industry and how they impact M&A activity. Five challenges are identified as forcing change in the food … Continue reading

Divestitures: minimizing transition costs and maximizing value

Divestitures present unique challenges that make it difficult for companies to realize full value potential. Even companies with established competency in M&A transactions can struggle to optimize value. A report from PwC’s Deals Divestiture practice identifies three primary sources of divestiture deal value. Transaction proceeds Transaction proceeds are generated from the sale of the divested … Continue reading

Life sciences M&A sees new heights in 2015

2015 continues to see record-setting activity in both the frequency and value of M&A deals involving pharmaceutical companies, and generally in the life-sciences sector. According to a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the combined value of closed M&A deals in the life-sciences and pharmaceutical sector surpassed USD $320Bn in the first three quarters of 2015. Further, … Continue reading

Performance incentives for portfolio companies

Private equity investors (PEIs) when investing in new portfolio companies, seek to align management’s interests with that of the PEI to grow the value of the portfolio company and achieve a profitable return in the investment upon exit. Typically, PEIs incentivize management to adopt such interests through compensation arrangements in  the form of performance incentives. … Continue reading

How can companies retain talent during M&A?

Jimmy’s biotech company was doing well. A deal was on the table for a massive pharma conglomerate, Massive-Pharm, to purchase his company via an asset purchase agreement. Everything was going well, that is, until Jimmy’s top sales star, Terry, leveraged the impending purchase to secure a better-paying position at Jimmy’s competitor. After Jimmy’s company lost … Continue reading

What’s mine is yours

You may be familiar with a parent’s teaching to “share” with others – “sharing is caring”. This teaching has been a part of our economic system throughout history; bartering and sharing of goods is not a new concept. However, in recent years, “sharing” has entered the marketplace in new and innovative ways, primarily by facilitating … Continue reading

A closer look at exit strategies for privately held companies

For every privately held corporation, one of the most difficult, yet unavoidable decisions, will be implementing an exit strategy. In a recent five-part series titled Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies, PwC identifies and explores the principal stages of developing a successful exit strategy: (1) making the decision to sell; (2) finding the right … Continue reading

Oil & gas M&A activity in Q1 2015: review and outlook

According to PWC’s First-quarter 2015 oil & gas industry mergers and acquisitions analysis report, mergers and acquisitions activity in the oil and gas industry stalled in the first quarter of 2015. The large swing in oil prices over the past 10 months has been a major factor in continued low deal volumes with 39 oil … Continue reading

The return of the REIT

M&A activity involving real estate investment trusts (REITs) is heating up in Canada and south of the border, according to a recent PWC report, “Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Global Outlook for 2015”. Following a succession of REIT conversions in 2014 by companies with significant real estate holdings, coupled with ripe market conditions for REITs, … Continue reading

Metals sector: a year in review and forecast for 2015

With Q4 2014 results in for the mining sector, industry focus can shift to what lies ahead in 2015. PwC recently released a report, “Metals Deals: Forging Ahead 2015 outlook and 2014 review” (the PwC Report) which includes a look back at the metals deal statistics in 2014 and provides some insight into what we … Continue reading

The falling Canadian dollar: how will it affect M&A activity in Canada?

The Canadian dollar has taken a tumble in 2015 – dropping from approximately eighty-five cents to flirting around and even below eighty cents as compared to the American dollar. Analysts are blaming not only sinking oil prices, but also the Bank of Canada’s dovish monetary policy. On January 21st, the Bank of Canada cut its … Continue reading

M&A in the media and entertainment industry: going over the top

E&Y has reported that the media and entertainment (M&E) industry will experience a record high number of M&A deals in the coming year.The report surveyed executives associated with film, television, gaming, and print and digital media. Forty percent of respondents are anticipating acquisitions, with more deals in the pipeline thereafter.    Inorganic growth can be a way … Continue reading

Hot market report: M&A potential for auto dealerships

In their Q3 2014 Capital Markets Flash, PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) reports that “[t]here’s a lot of positivity within the Canadian auto dealership industry, which should come as no surprise given record sales that were almost unimaginable a few short years ago.” Since PwC’s Q3 update, the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) published the industry’s October economic report, … Continue reading

M&A activity continues to rise in Q2 2014

Recent reports by Mergermarket and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) have confirmed the positive forecasts for M&A transactions in Q2 2014.  Globally, deal volume has reached its highest level since 2007.  North America, in particular, has seen a strong amount of activity with a number of megadeals listed in the top 10 deals in the world. North … Continue reading

M&A activity in renewable power sector signals growing optimism about viability of renewables

At the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala this past weekend, the High Commissioner of India to Canada, Nirmal Vermal spoke enthusiastically about India’s interest in promoting renewable power development, and also indicated that India would draw from the experiences of countries such as Canada to inform its renewable policy decisions. Mr. Vermal’s comments are … Continue reading

M&A in the insurance industry

Mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry are a big deal. Insurance companies range from small, regional private companies to large, international publicly-traded corporations with market capitalizations in the billions of dollars. When two companies decide to merge, or one company purchases part of another company, transactions can reach multi-billion dollar levels. In a fiercely … Continue reading

Q3-2013 Canadian M&A activity: the results are in

The results are in for Q3-2013 Canadian M&A and the outlook is decidedly mixed. While Q3 M&A activity rose sharply on a value basis as compared to Q2-2013, Q3 volume was down from last quarter and overall 2013 M&A remains in a slump at the lowest levels in nearly a decade. Mergermarket’s Canadian M&A trend … Continue reading
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