Unstructured Finance

Bad economy equals tough time for teeth

February 26, 2010

We all know that people have cut back on shopping, dining out, vacations and other pursuits in the difficult economy. Turns out many are also neglecting their smiles.

Check Out Line: CEO words of wisdom during earnings season

February 26, 2010

tjmaxxCheck out some interesting quotes from top executives during this week’s earnings extravaganza.

How to rate the budget?

February 26, 2010

INDIA-BUDGET/When the finance minister presents the budget, the stock market moves one way or the other.

Keeping score: Food and drink M&A, sovereign debt

February 26, 2010

Highlights from the Thomson Reuters Investment Banking Scorecard:

“Food and beverage accounts for 10% of M&A

Coca Cola’s $12.1 billion offer to purchase Coca Cola Enterprises, an Atlanta-based producer and wholesaler of bottled beverages, brings the total of M&A activity in the food and beverage sector to $32.4 billion, an increase of 257% compared to the same period in 2009.

DealZone Daily

February 26, 2010

Friday’s highlights:

* Giant private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) posts better-than-expected earnings on Thursday and says that lending for deals has returned, although exiting investments by IPO has been bumpy.

Bottlers: the choice of a new generation?

February 25, 2010

Over the last few months, as Pepsi worked out its deal to buy its main bottlers, Coca-Cola said it wasn’t interested in such a deal. Well you can’t keep a good idea down and today Coke, which once liked to be known as “the real thing,” unveiled plans to buy the bottler’s North American business.

Capital goods index gains over 1 pct

February 25, 2010

The BSE Capital Goods Index gained over 1 percent on Thursday in a broader market that ended flat a day before the annual budget.

A400M – Running on empty but not running away

February 25, 2010

By Jason Neely

A 20 billion euro project is great, but not if it costs 31 billion to deliver. Most companies don’t walk away from deals that bad. They run.

Check Out Line: Coke’s actions speak louder than its words

February 25, 2010

coke1Check out Coke’s about face on its relationships with one of its bottlers.

Coke plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca Cola Enterprises, in a substantially cashless deal that would let it cut costs and be more flexible in its distribution.