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Company Information: M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Introductory guide to find international and national company information.

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) - Intro

A merger or acquisition is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely adsorbed by another corporation. A merger extinguishes the merged organization, and the surviving organization assumes all the rights, privileges, and liabilities of the merged company.

M&A updates from Thomson Reuters Worldwide

Access to the latest M&A updates and news from Thomson Reuters Worldwide Mergers and Acquisitions database:

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M&A Databases - access by CBS Library

IPOs on the pricipal stock markets

The annual publication "Academic EurIPO", 2006 - d.d. describes the IPOs in Europe providing:
the academic debate on IPOs, outlook on international IPOs, offering methodology, ownership structure, and corporate governance, valuation of IPOs and pre and post listing performance.

Journals - main focus on M&A

Mergers & Acquisitions (The Dealmaker's Journal): a reference tool providing full coverage of merger and acquisition activity and data on mergers and acquisitions worldwide; concise articles, pricing, structuring and acquisition strategies, trends and in-depth analysis.
Coverage: 1998 to present

Mergers & Acquisitions Report (previous titles are Mergers+Acquisitions International og M & A Europe): provides information on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, & bankruptcies.
Coverage: 1999 to present

The journals can be found through Find Journals


Other journals / periodicals within the topic:

Business Source Complete has more publications within the M&A field.
Search hint: choose the tab "Publications". "Browse" with the key word "mergers" in the category "By Subject & Description".

European Union and mergers

Data on dead companies

The following databases contain data on companies that have merged, or been acquired in such a way as they no longer trade under the original name.

Databases and Sources for M&A Information - Screening for individual deals

Zephyr:
Content: Zephyr contains information and data on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private equity, and venture capital deals. The database contains information on completed, pending, withdrawn, announced, and rumoured deals. 
Coverage: European deals from 1997 and forward; global deals from 2001 and forward.
Additional features include news, ranking, and tables about M&A activities.
Search guideZephyr brochure  

You will find links to more detailed financial information about the companies involved as provided by Orbis, another Bureau Van Dijk product.

(Source: Zephyr brochure, p. 3)

Thomson One Banker:
Thomson Financial is one of the premier sources for information on individual M&A deals. 
Content: the database has comprehensive details on all announced deals whether completed or uncompleted. Data available include full financial details, advisors and fees, premiums paid, etc.
Coverage: the database covers U.S. targets 1979 to present and non U.S. targets 1985 to present.

The module "Company Views > Deals > Company Deals" gives access to data on company level to equity deals, IPO's, new share issues, mergers and acquisitons and syndicated loans. 
Coverage: covers deals from 2010 and to present


The module "Market Views > Deal Activity" gives a more compehensive overview of the activities within  "M&A, Equity, Bonds and Loans", You can find data on global and regional level and on industry level.
Coverage: contains data 3 years back in time.


The "Screening & Analysis" tab: here you can do more specialized searching:
Screening & Analysis > Deals &League Tables >  Advanced Search. Then select the "All Mergers and Acquisitions Database" and tick Continue:

Eikon 
In Eikon you find data related to company transactions worldwide such as IPOs, mergers, corporate restructuring and joint ventures.
Content: covering over 1.1 million deals worldwide since the 1970s with daily updates.

Two tools to search for deals data:

  • Eikon desktop: search for company specific deals, IPO's, new share issues, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated loans.
    Search hint: Enter the company name in the search box and choose Events > Company Deals 
     
  • Eikon Excel Add-in: you can get an a general overview by using the Deals Screener located on the center left of the Excel Menu bar.
    League tables: ready-made deals data that express ranking, market share, M&A Ran Value, deal count and year over year analytics
    Volume analysis:

Bloomberg

MA<GO> is the Bloomberg shortcut code for mergers & acquisitions data. You will use this function within Bloomberg to screen for M&A deals. You can use up to 20 variables to screen for deals.

Type: MA and press [GO]
Enter: region, industry, deal size and deal type
You can also screen for M&A deals with PE or VC involvement.

Click on 91) Advanced search:

  • Click on 11) Date Range under the Deal Criteria category
  • Click on 13) Deal Status under the Deal Criteria category
  • Click on 22) Public/Private under the Company Universe category
  • Click on 23) Region/Country under the Company Universe category 
  • Click on 24) SIC Code under the Company Universe category
  • Click on 5) Deal List at the top of the screen for a list of search results
  • Click on 92) Actions at the top of the screen. Select Output then Excel to download the M&A data

Bloomberg M&A Individual Company Search:
enter the company name or ticker symbol in the search box on the M&A main page

 

MarketLine:
contains a separate module - "Deals" - which is available through  "Databases".
Content: data and news on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture finance, ”private placements”, IPOs and more.
Search hint: find the information by "Deals (Browse)" or by ”Refine Deals”.
You have also access to reports on M&A activities within specific industries and countries. 


You have also access to reports on M&A activities within specific industries and countries.
Choose Dashboard and Click on country from the charts or Use the refinement filters to deep dive

Factiva: 
This database provides you with articles, news and more on company deals, mergers etc.
Search hint: Underneath the Subject-item you find a specific topic on M&A: Subject > Corporate/Industrial News > Ownership Changes > Acquisitions/Mergers/Takeovers.
Try also to search for mergers in the Look-up function.

SEC Mergers (US): 
The merger & acquisition industry is regulated by the U.S. Securties & Exchange Commission (SEC). The forms that are required to be filed are described here

  • Guide to SEC Filings
    This guide by ThomsonReuters gives good descriptions of the various Securities and Exchange (SEC) filings required by the government for mergers and acquisitions
  • SEC - Forms List 
    This page provides links to PDF versions of SEC public forms and many of the rules, regulations, and schedules associated with these forms.
  • Edgar
    Search by company name for SEC filings related to mergers, such as forms S-4, 14D9,14D6, and 8-K, from 1993 to present.

M&A overviews and league tables

League Tables are periodic rankings of M&A activity. They usually rank the largest deals and the firms involved in the deals

Thomson One Banker:
allows you to search on any number of criteria and create customized league tables based on your search results
Search hint: select e.g. Screening & Analysis > Deals & League Tables > M&A > Search Library


Zephyr:
in this database you can find predefined league tables on M&A and you can make your own tables within "Volume and value tables", "Advisor league tables" and "Company league tables"


Bloomberg