There’s trouble in Austria’s market for sports equipment. Traditionally, the market has been dominated by a handful of domestic companies such as Gigasport, Hervis, and – one of the most established among them – the Intersport group. Within Intersport, which is less of a centrally owned and controlled company and more of a loosely controlled […]
Who would have ever thought? Not only is Volvo in Chinese hands, now Saab is, too! Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. and Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. of China have announced that they will purchase insolvent Saab for approximately 100 million Euros. What remains to be seen are two things – first, if the Chinese […]
Inspired by the recently announced sale of Volvo to Zhejiang Geely by Ford Motor, I tried to find out what’s happening to British Jaguar Land Rover that has been acquired by Tata Motors of India in 2008. Well, the news has been mixed. In fall 2009, Tata Motors has announced plans to close one of […]
Last year Maerklin, German manufacturer of high quality toy trains slipped into bankruptcy. As the Financial Times Germany reports, former US rival and market leader in the United States, Lionel has shown keen interest in acquiring the ailing German company. While there seemed to be tangible urgency to find a new owner originally, 2009 has […]
As has been reported, the Kraft-Cadbury takeover battle is almost over. After Kraft has upped its offer, the board of British chocolatier Cadbury has approved the takeover. Only very few voices remain opposed to the deal now, including its founder’s, George Cadbury’s great-granddaughter, Felicity Loudon. In an interview she said that Kraft had no idea what […]
Amsterdam-based brewer Heineken announced that it will acquire the beer operations of Mexican Femsa through an all-share transaction. The hope is not only to strengthen some of Femsa’s brands in Central and Latin American markets, but also to build out the premium market for Heineken’s own brand. And yes, as usual, there’s talk of cost-saving synergies.
As the New York Times reports, US-based cable TV operator Liberty Global takes over Germany’s Unity Media for $3.7 bn. A case to watch.
Hold the horses! Stop the presses! Forget all about my previous comments about the GM-Opel-Magna-Sbersk deal because the deal is off. GM announced that it withdraws its prior agreement under which the Austro-Canadian conglomerate Magna would have purchased Opel from it. Even insiders are still wild guessing about the true motivation for hitting the brakes. […]