Chevron’s Big Merger

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Despite the sharp decline for oil and gas, Chevron agreed on Monday to buy Noble Energy for roughly $5 billion. Questions Why might this be such an important move? Why did Noble decide to sell? How many North American oil producers have filed for bankruptcy this year? Source: Krauss, C. (2020). Chevron Deal for Oil… Read more »

Backing Out

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According to the Washington Post, Boeing has terminated a long-planned $4.2 billion deal with the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer after negotiations broke down shortly before a Friday night deadline. Questions: Had the deal gone through, what would have been Boeing’s stake in Embraer? How much of the value of its stock has Boeing lost in… Read more »

Big Financial Information Merger

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The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Intuit is buying the credit score monitoring company Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. Questions: What is the merger intended to boost within the Intuit organization? By how much was the Intuit stock increased at the time of the announcement of Intuit’s quarterly earnings and the word… Read more »

Another IPO in Albertson’s future?

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After failing multiple times to go public, Albertsons’ grocery chain is launching an IPO valued at around $19 billion. Questions: When did Albertsons previously try to go public? Who is Albertsons’ private equity investor and how long have they been invested in Albertsons? How much is Albertsons’ net debt, excluding leases? Why didn’t Albertsons’ merger… Read more »

Shake, Shake, Shake that Ketchup Bottle!

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According to Bloomberg, the market value of Kraft Heinz is down $50 billion. Its major players, Warren Buffett and 3G Capital (who orchestrated the 2015 merger) for the packaged food giant, need to turbocharge sales or strike a big deal to satisfy Wall Street. Questions: 1. Where is the company trying to find sales growth?… Read more »

Risky Takeover?

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According to Reuters, Qualcomm, a U.S. smartphone chipmaker, has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry. Questions: 1. What are Qualcomm’s chips used for? 2. What is the EU Commission’s greatest concern about this merger? 3. What was… Read more »

Extortion or Business as Usual?

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Aetna announced this week that it pull a majority of its participation in the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Critics see this as payback to the Obama administration for blocking its proposed merger with Humana. This comes after Aetna CEO, Mark Bertoilini is on record as saying that selling insurance in… Read more »