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 August, 2012 we noted the following:

  • Aetna will be acquiring Coventry Health
  • Carlyle Group is acquiring Getty Images
  • Verint is acquiring Comverse Technology
  • Dai-ichi Life Insurance is acquiring 20% of Janus Capital
  • Daiwa House Industry is acquiring Fujita Corp from Goldman Sachs
  • Dollar Thrifty is being acquired by Hertz
  • Fraser & Neave is selling its stake in Asia Pacific Breweries to Heinken
  • Focus Media Holding is being taken private
  • Elan Corporation is spinning of its drug platform business into a separate company
  • IAC/Interactive acquired About.com from New York Times
  • Illinois Tool Works is spinning off a portion of the business into a separate entity via named Wilsonart International Holding
  • M&T Bank will acquire Hudson City Bancorp
  • National Oilwell Varco is acquiring Robbins & Myers
  • Olympus Corporation sold its mobile telecom business to a private equity firm
  • Orkla is acquiring food company Rieber & Soen
  • Pfizer’s animal health unit Zoetis Inc filed an IPO
  • Sears is spinning off a number of non-core businesses
  • TPC Group (fmr Texas Petrochemicals) is being taken private
  • Trimble Navigation Ltd is acquiring TMW Systems