The carmaker wants to raise cash to reduce debt and fund growth. Its struggling domestic unit, propped up by Jaguar Land Rover, is benefiting from a recent change in strategy. A full turnaround will depend on a pickup of economic activity in India.
It had a chance to buy Heinz two years ago. Instead of securing more of the combined value for itself, it’s now ceding control and renting its balance sheet. While selling to Warren Buffett gives the board cover, it raises questions about the sort of managers shareholders want.
The $10.4 bln acquisition, contingent on Comcast buying Time Warner Cable, suggests some confidence those rivals will get approval. If not, however, the U.S. cable puzzle could realign. Charter again might chase Time Warner Cable, which actually has first dibs on Bright House.
Apple, Google and other technology companies often fall short of promises to make the world a better place. Opposing discriminatory laws in the Hoosier State and elsewhere could make up for lost ground. An economic boycott helps put weight behind the industry’s lofty ideals.
The Dutch group sold 80 pct of its lighting components unit for $2.8 bln. An Asian tech fund paid a surprisingly high 1.65 times last year’s sales. Buyout firms’ hunger for corporate cast-offs helped lift the price. A bigger test looms: splitting off the main lights business.
Homebuyers can now get bigger mortgages more easily. If fundamentals drove Chinese house prices, such loosening might help. As it is, arresting the slide requires a belief that property values will go up again. That’s not in the gift of Beijing’s mandarins.
UnitedHealth should generate savings worth more than the 27 pct premium it’s paying for drug middleman Catamaran. But United is playing catch-up. And its target is usually a buyer. Catamaran’s capitulation indicates benefits managers no longer need a dose of dealmaking.
Antony Currie and Robert Cyran explain the financial logic behind the health insurer's deal for Catamaran and why it indicates pharmacy benefit manager M&A may be winding down.Video
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