Each 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 and these changes need to be reflected in your internal systems. For January 2013, we noted the following:

  • ArcelorMittal is selling a 15% stake in its Canadian operations
  • Ardagh Group is acquiring Saint-Gobain’s North American glass container operation
  • Avis Budget Group is acquiring ZipCar
  • Belkin International acquiring Cisco’s consumer networking line (including Linksys)
  • BlackBerry changed its name from the former Research in Motion
  • BlackRock acquiring Credit Suisse’s ETF business
  • Denbury Resources is acquiring Oilfield assets from Conoco
  • Fiserv, Inc. acquired Open Solutions
  • Flowers Foods, Inc. is acquiring Hostess bread products (but not Twinkies)
  • Gap – acquiring Intermix fashion boutique
  • Hormel Foods – acquiring the Skippy peanut butter brand from Unilever
  • Hutchison Whampoa acquired Orange Austria
  • Kinder Morgan Energy is acquiring Copano Energy
  • Masan Consumer Corp of Vietnam received a major KKR investment
  • Stryker Corporation is acquiring Trauson of Hong Kong
  • Supervalu is selling 877 supermarkets to private equity firms
  • Swatch Group is acquiring Harry Winston’s watch division
  • United Parcel Service is dropping its bid for TNT Express

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