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May 20
2011

CFOs finally may stop sitting on all that cash

Posted by annearf in expansionDealsCFOsCash

annearf

CFOs around the world are feeling good--good enough to start spending some money.

But they're going to do so carefully.

Apr 16
2011

Default rate way down this year

Posted by Stephen Taub in Standard & Poor'sRiskdefault ratedefaultDealsCash

Stephen Taub

In the past week alone, two companies completed distressed exchange offers--US-based Liz Claiborne and Canada-based Cinram International.

This brings the total number of corporate defaults so far this year to six, including four based in the US, according to Standard & Poor's.

Mar 31
2011

More companies say bad ethics cost them business

Posted by Stephen Taub in RiskethicsDow JonesDealscompliancebribery

Stephen Taub

Potential ethical issues are playing a major role among US companies that conduct business overseas.

According to a new survey, the number of companies claiming to have lost business due to competitors acting unethically has surged to 40 percent from just 10 percent as recently as 2009.

Mar 21
2011

Moody’s encourages Limited to borrow

Posted by Stephen Taub in Moody's Investors Servicedefault ratedefaultdebt-rating agenciesDealscredit-rating agenciesCredit RatingsCash

Stephen Taub

Limited Brands said it will sell $750 million in 10-year notes. The company said it intends to use the proceeds to repurchase $500 million of stock under a new share repurchase program and for general corporate purposes.

The move seemed to surprise some commentators. But investors applauded the move, bidding up the stock by more than 1 percent when it began trading Tuesday morning.

Mar 14
2011

Why three-way proxy battles are rare

Posted by Stephen Taub in sharkrepellent.comproxy fighthedge fundsdissidentDealsannual meetings

Stephen Taub

Three-way proxy battles are very unusual. In fact, they are so unusual dissidents frequently go out of their way to avoid them.

This is what happened in a single day last week.

Feb 22
2011

Friday night lights out

Posted by Stephen Taub in RiskFederal Deposit Insurance Corp.FDICDealscomplianceCash

Stephen Taub

It seemingly happens every Friday evening.

Federal regulators announce that some small bank cannot continue on its own and a rival is brought in to take over the assets and continue as if nothing had happened.

Feb 02
2011

Lessons learned from failed foreign bids

Posted by dbedell in mergers and acquisitionsDeals

dbedell

As the US outlook brightens and US companies look to spend some of their hoarded cash on acquisitions abroad, they have many things to ponder and prepare for, not least how takeover rules differ in other jurisdictions.

This came to the fore again recently when two UK takeover targets managed to give their respective suitors—one from the US and one from France—the cold shoulder.

Jan 28
2011

Breaking up is easy to do

Posted by Stephen Taub in splitspin-offdividendsdivestituresDealsCFOCashCareers/ManagementCapitalactivist investors

Stephen Taub

Sara Lee is the latest company to break itself into two or more separate companies.

The split announcement comes in the same month that Motorola divided into two separate companies.

Jan 24
2011

Venture capital investments creep upward

Posted by Stephen Taub in venture capitalVCDow Jones VentureSourceDeals

Stephen Taub

It is not exactly happy days here again in the venture capital world.

Sure in 2010 the number of deals rose by 6 percent, to 2,799 over 2009 and the amount of capital invested in those transactions climbed 11 percent to $26.2 billion, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Jan 19
2011

The "Superman" of Hong Kong

Posted by nicklord in Deals

nicklord

 

Li Ka-Shing's Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa (known locally as Hutch) always tops the list of the best managed companies in Asia. This is less to do with its operational management and always to do with its financial management. Its success also flies in the face of conventional wisdom that conglomerates dilute shareholder value through a lack of focus.

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