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For 2016, we expect robust M&A activity in four industries such as technology, telecommunications, healthcare and retail. Citigroup (C), in a recent report, mentioned specific companies that might be M&A or buyout targets, including Ralph Lauren (RL), Deckers Outdoor (DECK), Staples (SPLS) and Yahoo (YHOO) $27 Billion sale. READ MORE YAHOO …
Expect more BIG DEALS like Chemical bellwethers Dow (DOW) and Dupont (DD) plan to merge (then sell off some major divisions) in a huge $130 billion deal announced just this month. The biggest deal of the year is the controversial $160 billion tie-up between Pfizer (PFE) and Allergan (AGN), which will let Pfizer move its headquarters to Ireland, where Allergan is based, and save billions in U.S. taxes according to iHumanMedia.com.
The record level of M&A deals is great news for investment bankers, but it reflects weakness in bellwether businesses. The slowdown in developing economies such as China and Brazil has crimped growth at many multinationals that also face weak growth in their home markets. With the global economy growing by a disappointing 2% or so, top line revenue looks stagnant at many companies.