Unstructured Finance

Deals wrap: BHP Billiton’s CEO confronts shareholders

November 11, 2010

A man walks past the head office of BHP Billiton in central Melbourne October 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Mick Tsikas BHP Billiton’s boss is likely to face calls next week for a massive share buyback when he faces shareholders in Australia after his third straight failure to pull off a major acquisition.

Deals wrap: Potash Corp repercussions

November 5, 2010

The Cory Potash Corp mine site west of Saskatoon is pictured on November 3, 1010.   REUTERS/David StobbeAustralia’s farm sector would have too much of an advantage if BHP Billiton was allowed to buy Potash Corp, argued Canada’s farm minister. While Canada’s decision to block the deal stunned many, most Potash Corp investors seem unperturbed, eying its long-term growth prospects.

Deals wrap: Cutting the deal in half

October 28, 2010

A Wall St. sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, September 30, 2008.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Wal-Mart may scale back its bid for Massmart and take a 50 percent stake, rather than a full buyout, Massmart said in a statement. Wal-Mart has been under increasing fire from shareholders to revive its ailing U.S. stores, and some analysts have said it should concentrate on fixing its business at home before spending big on expansion. *View article

Deals wrap: On the road to a GM IPO

October 15, 2010

A Chevrolet vehicle is seen at a GM dealership in Miami, Florida August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria GM is on track for a mid-November IPO, sources told Reuters. China’s top automaker SAIC has not ruled out taking a stake in the company. *View article *View SAIC article *View WSJ blog which extracts some nuggets from GM’s SEC filing

Deals wrap: Pfizer mixing medicines

October 12, 2010

People walk past the Pfizer World headquaters in New York, February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidPfizer has agreed to buy King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6 billion. *View article *View WSJ blog on who’s benefiting from the deal *View Forbes blog on why the deal seems bad for Genzyme

Deals wrap: Oil sensitivities

October 11, 2010

A security officer keeps watch outside the headquarters of China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), China's top offshore oil producer, in Beijing in this February 19, 2008 file picture.   REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV/Files    CNOOC agreed to pay $1.1 billion for a stake in a U.S. shale oil and gas field, testing the U.S. political climate with a deal for assets once deemed off limits to the Chinese due to protectionist sentiment. *View article *View factbox on China M&A activity

Deals wrap: Viewing Potash through the media

October 5, 2010

Rocanville Potash Corp underground production supervisor Dave Esslinger displays a sample of potash 3280 feet below surface at the potash mine in Saskatchewan September 30, 2010. REUTERS/David StobbeReuters blogger Felix Salmon looks at how the media covered a report of the effects of a takeover of Potash Corp. Felix finds the coverage often differed from the actual report. *View blog *View Reuters article

Deals wrap: Avis ups the ante in bidding war

September 30, 2010

Car rental company Avis has agreed to pay a $20-million break-up fee in its offer for Dollar Thrifty if rival Hertz walks away from its own takeover bid. Dollar Thrifty shareholders were due to vote on the Hertz offer on Thursday in Chicago, but announced they have delayed that vote, citing additional voting activity. *View article*

Deals wrap: Sinochem keeps an eye on Potash deal

September 22, 2010

Pedestrians walk past the head office of BHP Billiton in central Melbourne September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas As regulators mull over BHP Billiton’s bid for Potash, China’s Sinochem has hired banks to advise it on how to foil the deal, two sources told Reuters. *View article *View article on the politics of the deal

Deals wrap: Waiting on the regulators

September 21, 2010

A front loader filled with potash is seen in Colonsay, Saskatchewan September 24, 2009.  REUTERS/David Stobbe BHP Billiton’s $39 billion battle to take control of Potash is expected to drag on into next year after it failed to win immediate backing from Canadian authorities.