Lower Equity Contributions Fueling M&A Activity

March 19, 2013 10:38 by Stephanie Siders in Financing, M&A, Private Equity  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Equity contributions in private equity-backed deals are trending lower as private equity buyers increase leverage with cheap debt, enabling them to write checks for a lower percentage of the entire deal.  Equity contributions in leveraged buyouts averaged 39.4% in 2012, the lowest level seen si... [More]

Mergers Make Comeback

February 19, 2013 17:36 by Stephanie Siders in M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
After a less than stellar year for deals in 2012, confidence is up and each week seems to bring an announcement of a new mega-merger in the works.  Year-to-date M&A activity totals $158.7 billion, more than double the activity in the same period one year ago.  What is driving the incre... [More]

PwC Predicts Increased M&A Activity in 2013

December 7, 2012 15:08 by Stephanie Siders in Capital Markets, M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
PwC attributes its bullish 2013 U.S. M&A forecast to increased corporate confidence, greater private equity activity and strong debt markets.  Middle market transactions are expected to make up a majority of deal volume in 2013, much like 2012.  PwC expects significant opportunity in t... [More]

Ethanol Mandates Debated as Corn Reaches Record Prices

August 6, 2012 14:23 by Stephanie Siders in Agriculture, Energy, Renewables  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates that ethanol make up 9 percent of the U.S. gasoline supply in 2012, which would use nearly 40 percent of the nation’s corn production.  In the face of record corn prices due to lower than expected corn production, livestock groups went to the EPA ... [More]

Severe Drought Impacting Crops & Cattle

August 2, 2012 11:33 by Stephanie Siders in Agriculture  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The entire mid-section of the US is experiencing one of the driest hottest summers on record which is severely impacting the nation’s agriculture producers.  What was initially expected to be a bumper corn crop has shriveled up and farmers are now turning to crop insurance to save th... [More]

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