Opinion on Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe

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Anheuser-Busch: buying presence in a growing market

Anheuser-Busch's acquisition of Goose Island marks a change in tack for the brewer that has previously focused on bringing its own ales to the market under the Budweiser name. Perhaps sensing that this branding lacked the necessary authenticity with consumers, it has turned to acquiring a brewer in an element of the market that will be vitally important in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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ENI Agip: expands Austrian presence with Esso network acquisition

Italian oil major ENI Agip has extended its presence in Austria with the purchase of 171 Esso branded service stations, doubling its market share in the country. The deal represents a further shake up of the Austrian fuel retail market, following German discounter Aldi's announcement that it is to expand its network of service stations selling cut-price fuel to 100 sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
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Hershey: increase in profits for 2009, but future is uncertain

As well as reporting positive results in the final quarter, Hershey has seen both its sales and income increase year-on-year over 2009, and can fairly claim to have performed well of late. However, the recent purchase of Cadbury by Kraft will create stiff competition for Hershey in 2010, and the firm needs to carry its current momentum forward in order to facilitate further growth.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2010
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Cadbury: a British icon is nearly in Kraft's hands

Cadbury's announcement that it has agreed to be taken over by Kraft has been met with public outcry in the UK, as consumers mourn the loss of another British institution to a foreign company. Nevertheless, Kraft must be congratulated for its determination to purchase this lucrative business, with many analysts agreeing that it has got itself a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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Merger signals more pain for building societies

In order to strengthen capital reserves and build a more efficient organization, Yorkshire Building Society and Chelsea Building Society have announced plans to merge. While this may signal good news for those involved, further consolidation, increased competition from banks and retailers, and regulatory pressures may soon lead to the overall decline of the building society model.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2009
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Devon Cider: set for a more rosy future under its new owner

UK cider maker the Devon Cider Company has been acquired by its rival Aston Manor Brewery after going into administration at the end of September. As well as saving 50 jobs, the purchase should enhance Aston's portfolio of ciders, enabling it to benefit more widely from the continued appeal of such beverages in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2009
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Friends Provident: looking for a Resolution

Investment firm Resolution has seized the opportunity to consolidate what it sees as a slow-moving life industry by acquiring Friends Provident for GBP1.86 billion. Considering the fragmented nature of the industry, this deal may kick-start further consolidation within the life insurance sector. However, the industry must be cautious of the insurer heavyweights that will emerge in its wake.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2009
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Repsol-Lukoil tie-up remains plausible

In late November 2008 Datamonitor suggested that, although unlikely, the chances of Lukoil's bid for a stake in Repsol YPF succeeding were not as remote as many assumed due to two potential developments: shareholders' desperation to offload their stake in Repsol, and Lukoil's capacity to absorb them. By these measures, the deal now appears to have become more likely.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2009
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Genesys: cements course with acquisitions of SDE and Conseros

Software developer Genesys has acquired SDE and Conseros, allowing the company to offer customer service solutions that better integrate the contact center into the greater enterprise. While Genesys has definitively staked out its future course with this new investment, it remains to be seen whether its customers will be as receptive to its newly integrated products.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2009
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Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth brings scale but will fail to deliver sustainable sales growth

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger will create a prescription pharmaceutical company of unprecedented scale. The combined entity would have recorded total company sales in excess of $70 billion and prescription pharmaceutical sales of over $60 billion in 2008. However, the deal is not a solution to the companies' declining sales outlooks, and profit growth will only be achieved through further cost cutting.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009

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