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Tag Archive: TAKEOVER


India being emerges as one of the big market for (M&A) Mergers and acquisitions, in the last decade. The market for M&A is expected to bloggrow at a very rapid pace and sooner we may see many hostile bids by the Indian companies, as they are very uncommon in India. Hostile takeovers must be recognized as manifestations of a market for corporate control. Advanced economies regulate M&A activities only from competition angle.

Private equity continuing to invest capital into India Inc,  Hope that there would be some hostile takeovers because that is something Indian market badly needs to ensure good value creation for the shareholders.

Few of the cases which I can recall for hostile take over in India are Abishek Dalmia on Gesco and Arun Bajoria on Bombay Dying. Both were medium-sized barons outnumber their bigger peers, and follow quite different paths when it comes to running their businesses – owning substantial stakes in their business and thus less vulnerable to takeover. Continue reading

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The world’s largest spirits company Diageo Plc decided to hike its stake in United Spirits (USL), a company it acquired in 2012 and blogtry to take its stake to 55%.

Diageo has launched an open offer on Tuesday morning to acquire an additional 26% in the company. Currently Diageo holds 29% stake in the company via one of its international arms Relay BV and has been trying to gradually acquire more shares in Vijay Mallya’s flagship distillery from the open market.

The motive of the offer, if successful, aimed at better strategic control, will give Diageo a higher direct ownership in the business. Tender offer in the Indian market is a rare phenomenon comparing to the global markets.  Continue reading

WhatsApp Facebook’s Deal

 Last weekend I have been reading lot of literature and news about the deal between Facebook and Whatsapp. Most of the people bloghave challenged it on the Value and Pricing Perspectives. Have taken some extracted thoughts from prof Aswath Damodaran and they looks very interesting:

Following in the footsteps of my favorite baseball general manager, Billy Beane, its time to play some Moneyball, where we let the data drive our actions, rather than our intellects. Here is what I take out of these numbers:

  1. If you are an investor, stop trying to explain price movements on social media companies, using traditional metrics – revenues, operating margins and risk. You will only drive yourself into frenzy. Continue reading

Risk Arbitrageur

Takeover Target

Talking about Arbitrage – drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere. A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

It is well-known that risk arbitrageur play an important role in the market for corporate control. After a tender offer, the trading volume increases dramatically in large part because of risk arbitrageurs activity.They take long positions in the target stock, in the hope that the takeover will go through. They are also usually hedged by taking short positions in the acquirer’s stock. Continue reading

The Risk Arbitrageur

Talking about Arbitrage –  drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere. A troubled hedge fund downloadmagnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

It is well-known that risk arbitrageur play an important role in the market for corporate control. After a tender offer, the trading volume increases dramatically in large part because of risk arbitrageurs activity. Continue reading

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