Ø British American Tobacco Co. is going to acquire R.J. Reynolds American Tobacco Co. –
British American Tobacco which is based in London has entered into an agreement to buy the stake in Reynolds American, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. for $49 billion. The deal is also subject to shareholders and regulatory approval. It is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2017.
Reynolds American reported sales of $10.7 billion in 2015. British American Tobacco reported revenue of $15.8 billion, in 2015. The purchase would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco business, based on net sales.
Ø Chem China deals with Syngenta AG-
China National Chemical Corporation’s $43 billion offer for Syngenta AG., based in Basel, Switzerland was China’s biggest overseas deal announced last year. The takeover announced a year ago, is one of a trio of mega-deals that would reshape the global agrochemicals industry. The others are Dow Chemical Co.’s bid to merge with DuPont Co. and Bayer AG’s agreement to buy Monsanto Co. The combined transactions would whittle down six industry players to three giants: one American, one German and one Chinese. Syngenta AG said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked for more time to review its $43 billion takeovers by China National Chemical Corporation. Chem China filed for U.S. approval in January 2016. Repeated delays in the approval process, which has involved authorities on four continents, have pushed back the expected closing date for the deal. Companies authorities are hopeful that Merger could still win approval before April 12 EU deadline.
Ø Shire completed merger with Baxalta-
The Shire has completed its $32 billion mergers with Baxalta, creating the global market leader in rare diseases and other specialized disorders.
The Shire projected that the combined company would generate approximately 65% of its total annual revenues from its rare disease products revenues the company has forecast as rising to more than $20 billion by 2020.The combined company would consist of more than 22,000 employees across more than 100 countries, as well as more than 50 programs in clinical development.
Ø Abbott completes the acquisition of St. Jude Medical-
Abbott has completed the acquisition of St. Jude Medical Inc., establishing the company as a leader in the medical device arena. Together the company will compete in nearly every area of the $30 billion cardiovascular market and hold the No.1 or 2 positions across large and high-growth cardiovascular device markets.
Ø SoftBank to Buy Britain’s ARM-
In the year 2016 Japan's SoftBank acquired ARM Holdings for $32 billion, Softbank has agreed to acquire ARM Holdings, the giant semiconductor firm of U.K that supplies part of the chip design used in Apple iPhones, ARM the largest London-listed tech company by market value. ARM has a major presence in mobile processing. Its processor and graphics technology is used by Samsung, Huawei, and Apple in their in-house microchips.
Ø Microsoft tied up with LinkedIn-
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. LinkedIn is the world’s largest and most valuable professional network and continues to build a strong and growing business. LinkedIn, based in Mountain View, California, will retain a distinct brand, culture, and independence, according to Microsoft, and LikendIn current CEO Jeff Weiner will remain in his role.
"LinkedIn and Microsoft really share a mission" of helping people work more efficiently and "There is no better way to realize that mission than to connect the world's professionals." said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Ø Acquisition of Tyco International by Johnson Controls-
Johnson Controls Inc., a U.S. maker of car batteries and heating and ventilation equipment, acquired Ireland-based peer Tyco International Plc., in a $16.5 billion deal.
By uniting Johnson Controls, the number one provider of building efficiency solutions with Tyco International, the number one provider of fire and security solutions, the new company is uniquely positioned as a leader in products, technologies and integrated solutions for the buildings and energy sectors.