Every month we track the corporate activity for the Global 5000 companies as they acquire new businesses or divest of various operations.  These ‘comings and goings’ are interesting and shape markets over time. In the short run, there are real implications for companies serving these large organizations and national account programs where various teams are responsible for the business results.

Keeping the databases up to date is a continuous effort. For October, 2012 we noted the following:

  • 3M called off the proposed merger with Avery Dennison and they are acquiring Ceradyne
  • ASML is acquiring Cymer
  • Bayer AG is acquiring Schiff Nutrition
  • Bertelsmann and Pearson will merge their Random House and Penguin groups into a new consumer publishing entity
  • China COSCO is merging with China Shipping
  • Clean Harbors is acquiring Safety-Kleen
  • Ecolab is acquiring Champion Technologies
  • Ford Motor is selling its Thermal Components business to Detroit Thermal
  • Hera is merging with Acegas-APS
  • Iconix Brand Group is acquiring the Umbro sneaker line from Nike
  • McKesson is acquiring PSS World
  • News Corp is acquiring Consolidated Media Holdings
  • PolyOne is acquiring Spartech
  • PVH is acquiring Warnaco Group
  • Softbank is acquiring 70% of Sprint
  • T-Mobile is merging with MetroPCS
  • UnitedHealth is acquiring 90% of Brazil’s Amil Participacoes
  • Walt Disney is acquiring Lucas Film

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