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.

For May 2014, we noted the following merger & acquisition activity:

  • Abbott Laboratories – acquiring CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A
  • Apple, Inc – acquiring Beats
  • Ardent Mills – is a new Joint Venture being formed by CHS, Cargill and ConAgra
  • AT&T, Inc. – acquiring Direct TV
  • Bayer AG – acquiring Merck & Co consumer business
  • BE Aerospace – acquiring 2 aerospace manufacturing companies
  • Bendigo & Adelaide Bank – acquiring state-owned Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria
  • Berkshire Hathaway – acquiring AltaLink from SNC-Lavalin
  • Bright Food Group – acquiring control of Tnuva, Israel’s largest food company
  • Carphone Warehouse Group plc – merging with Dixon’s
  • Cobham Ltd. – acquiring Aeroflex Holdings
  • Friends Life Group – name changed from Resolution Ltd
  • Gimbal Inc.- new entity being formed from the spin-off of a location technology business by Qualcomm
  • GSE Environmental – filed bankruptcy
  • Koch Industries – acquiring PetroLogistics
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation – will acquire Hess’s retail operations
  • News Corporation – acquiring Harlequin books from Torstar
  • Omnicom Group, Inc.- called off Publicis merger
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation – potentially acquiring Hillshire Brands
  • Red Lobster – being spun off from Darden to a private equity firm
  • Savills plc – acquiring US property firm Studley
  • Synaptics, Inc. – acquiring iPhone chip operations from Renesas Electronics
  • TerraForm Power – new IPO spinning out of SunEdison
  • Vantiv, Inc. – acquiring Mercury Payment Systems
  • Viacom, Inc. – buying Britain’s Channel 5
  • Visteon Corporation – selling auto interiors business to private equity

In May, we added the following 13 companies to The Global 5000 database:

  • AmSurg Corporation
  • Belfius Bank and Insurance
  • BWAY Corporation
  • Debenhams plc
  • Deoleo SA
  • Eurobank Ergasias SA
  • H&R Real Estate
  • Sports Direct International plc
  • Twitter
  • United Biscuits
  • Wanxiang Group Corporation
  • WEX, Inc.
  • XPO Logistics, Inc.

To see more information about the Global 5000 database – visit this page

Also, take a look at some interesting facts about The Global 5000 companies and this series posted in Tableau starting with European data.

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