Good morning from a rainy New York. Since 2008, corporations have been keeping a careful eye on their balance sheets, building up larger and larger cash reserves. As the stockpiles grew larger, deal professionals waited for the strategics to eventually loosen their purse strings — and it appears the time has come.
Last week, the Federal Reserve released numbers indicating that, for Q1’14, the cash stockpiles for corporations dropped by $91 billion. It is unclear whether this was a one-time surge or a return of strategic acquisitions, but the massive mergers of late have certainly factored into the dollar value.
In other news, not all PE-backed IPOs are created equal.
- Main Street invests in Datacom
- Marcum Cronus changes its name back to Cronus Partners LLC
- Syntaxis Capital backs Expert Petroleum
- Shore Capital Partners closes $112.5 million fund
- Blue Sea Capital closes first fund with $327.0 million
- Wabtec completes acquisition of Fandstan
- Albireo to acquire Energy Options
- Argonne Capital completes acquisition of On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
- Bally Technologies to acquire Dragonplay
- PPG Industries to acquire the Homax Group
- Tuesday roundtable: Removing Roadblocks in the NDA
- Wednesday conference: IBA’s International M&A Conference
- Are mega-merges killing innovation?
- 5 things to know before launching a private equity firm
- Private equity perspective: The new normal
- Taking a look inside Buffett’s brain
- The place of private equity in a diversified investor’s portfolio
- 5 kinds of crowdfunding you never thought of
- PE managers willing to take ‘transparency pledge’ may win big
- Deloitte has published its 2014 M&A Trends Report
- Why corporate mergers of equals almost never work
- Is mezzanine poised for a revival?
- Why more food industry mergers are likely to come
- Private equity’s debt habit
This week in history… TV Guide merges with Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) for $2 billion (1998).
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