Merger of Utilities

Northeast Utilities and NSTAR announced they are combining forces.  These are two big utility companies.  Northeast is #1231 on the Global 5000 list and NSTAR is ranked #1672.  Combined, they will be in the top 1000 companies in the world. Utilities did not escape the...

More Big(ger) Pharma

This week, Pfizer (#163 of the Global 5000 list) announced it was acquiring King Pharmaceuticals (#2441 on our list).  This will add another $1.7 billion of revenue to Pfizer and move them up a few notches on our list. As always, those who sell products and services...

Telecom & Technology – a Sliding Revenue Trend

Each company in the Global 5000 is categorized according to the industry group to which it belongs. In this scheme, we separate technology companies (computers, software, semiconductors) from telecommunications providers.  As we look at the companies in these two...

Deals, Deals, Deals

The news wires were alive at the start of the week with announcements of three big deals among Global 5000 firms. Unilever (#129) announced it is acquiring Alberto Culver (#2518) WalMart (#3) is acquiring South Africa’s Massmart retailing organization. Southwest...

Another Era – Blockbuster

We now know how quickly the world changes.  Technology disrupts long standing business.  The web, wireless and smart devices bring instant communications and transparency. And the rate of change seems to continually accelerate.  Wasn’t is just a few (pre-Tivo)...

Burger King Buyout – going more global

One thing we focus on is the continual movement of companies, markets and industries to grow more globally. The slow (or no) growth of economies in the US and Europe combined with fast growing countries like China mean that companies have to look for growth other than...