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Oct 08
2010

Use cash to support the supply chain

Posted by dbedell in Wal-Martsupplierssmall business lendingSiemensIBMHPfinancial supply chainDPOdays payables outstandingcash flow forecastingCash

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Cash-rich companies are starting to spend again-both on buying up cheap assets and on repurchasing shares, according to a number of media reports. But they also continue to use that cash to more effectively manage their supply chain, reduce cost of goods sold, and ensure supplier stability.

Enrico Camerinelli, senior analyst at Aite Group, says that very large corporates that are cash rich are not ready to put money in bank deposits, but still want to put it to good use. "They are looking at ways to use this cash to ensure business continuity, particularly by helping suppliers still in difficult situations without access to bank funding," Camerinelli says.

Sep 20
2010

Companies baulk at proposed accounting changes

Posted by dbedell in RiskMcDonald's, loss disclosure, In complianceHPGoogleGeneral ElectricFordFASBclass action lawsuitsAccounting

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Companies across the US are signalling that they are not happy with proposed new accounting rules that would require them to disclose potential losses from pending class action lawsuits, and increase disclosure on potential liabilities from products and operations.

As many as 140 big name corporates—including Ford Motor, GE, McDonald’s, Google and HP—signed a response to the proposed accounting changes, saying that they oppose the scheme, according to a report in Monday’s FT.

Aug 27
2010

HP, Dell throttle up in 3Par chase

Posted by dbedell in SAPmergers and acquisitions, M&A;, HPGoogleDellDeals

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HP and Dell on Friday continued their battle royale for 3Par, the data management and cloud computing firm. The deal is the latest in a long string of transactions this summer by big tech firms in their efforts to become even bigger—and move into territory now held by their competitors.

The battle has been raging since the start of last week, when Dell first put in an offer at $18 a share for all outstanding shares of the data storage firm. 3Par accepted. HP came in to the foray this past Monday—offering $24 a share. Dell sneaked in a bid at $24.30 Thursday morning this week, and HP came back that afternoon with a $27 offer.

Jun 07
2010

Tech M&A; could yield surprise result

Posted by dbedell in TechnologySAPOraclemergers and acquisitionsHPDealsbiztech

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M&A activity is booming in the corporate IT industry, as a raft of deals have been announced by hardware, software and service suppliers of corporate technology solutions. This could be a boon for companies down the road, as big vendors buy up technology to build out their infrastructure and move closer to IT solution convergence.

IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said in late May that the company plans to spend $20 billion on acquisitions over the next four years, and started things off by announcing the $1.4 billion acquisition of Sterling Commerce from AT&T. The hardware giant had already picked up data integration specialist Cast Iron Systems earlier in the month. And HP recently announced plans to take over networking hardware vendor 3Com and IT services firm EDS.

Mar 18
2010

The hunt for yield

Posted by nicklord in ratesMcKinseyHPBenanke

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke could not have been clearer when he said that interest rates would remain "exceptionally low" for "an extended period" at a congressional hearing this week. In Fed speak, that counts as clarity.





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