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Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts

April 28, 2017

It appears many buyers are once again attempting to bag bargain acquisitions by exploiting business owners blinded by multi-million pound cheques and disadvantaged by a lack of advice from a seasoned M&A professional. Such behaviour is becoming increasingly common as corporate and financial buyers seek to avoid the increasingly competitive atmosphere surrounding deals, which typically […]

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Best in Show: PetSmart to Acquire Chewy in Record Breaking Deal

April 26, 2017

This week, PetSmart announced its intention to acquire fast-growing pet food and product site Chewy.com in a deal alleged to fetch $3.35 billion, surpassing Walmart’s $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com to become the biggest e-commerce deal ever. What makes the deal even more interesting is that traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer PetSmart was itself valued at just […]

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Most Important Deal of the Day: Post Holdings Acquires Weetabix

April 25, 2017

Following months of speculation, it was confirmed last week that US cereal giant Post Holdings is to acquire British cereal company Weetabix in a deal worth £1.4 billion. Rumours of acquisition started after Weetabix owners Bright Food and Baring Private Equity Asia put the business up for sale earlier this year. It follows what has […]

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M&A Fuels Growth in Gasoline and Industrial Mining Sectors

April 25, 2017

7-Eleven Inc, the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, recently announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states. The acquisition of Sunoco’s gasoline convenience stores sees an increased investment from the […]

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Chemicals Sector Forges Ahead in M&A Activity

April 24, 2017

In a move announced on 5th April 2017 and comes hot on the heels of last month’s high profile DowDuPont mega-merger, valued at $130bn, ChemChina has won conditional EU antitrust approval for its $43 billion bid for Syngenta, a Swiss pesticides and seeds group. The deal, expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity

April 20, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity, a world-renowned manager of private equity funds based in Canada with a diversified portfolio of companies throughout North America. For the past decade Lynx Equity has focused on 100% acquisitions of old-economy, North American businesses, before entering into the European […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC

April 19, 2017

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC. As a privately owned company, Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited pride themselves on delivering an exemplary service to all of their clients. Their business policies embrace the concepts of […]

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Benchmark International Closed 10 Transactions in Just 30 Days!

April 18, 2017

Benchmark International is taking full advantage of the strength in the M&A middle market. We are delighted to announce the closing of 10 deals in just 30 days; and, our clients are thrilled with the results. Closing ten deals is 30 days is quite a feat! A survey of 637 dealmakers revealed that only 2% […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Deal Between Hi-Tech Products Limited to Siegwerk

April 18, 2017

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal between Hi-Tech Products Limited and Siegwerk has been agreed. Hi-Tech Products Limited was formed in 2004 by Wade and Helen Brealey. With 25 years previous experience managing another UK Ink company and working in the New Zealand and Australian Ink industry they decided to put that […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Progressive Industries to Power Products LLC

April 14, 2017

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the sale of Progressive Industries, Inc to Power Products LLC. With this acquisition, Power Products LLC expands its product offering and distribution base in the recreational vehicle industry. Progressive Industries, Inc is a manufacturer of RV surge and electrical protection products supplying every major RV retailer and distributor in the […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Advanced Renal Care, Inc. to Fresenius Medical Care of North America

April 14, 2017

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Advanced Renal Care, Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care of North America. Fresenius Medical Care of North America is one of the largest dialysis providers in north America. Advanced Renal Care, Inc. is a dialysis provider in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Stanley Dennison, CEO and Owner of Advanced Renal […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Weigelt Enterprises to a Financial Buyer

April 14, 2017

Benchmark International facilitated the sale of Weigelt Enterprises, LCC headquartered in Buda, Texas with additional locations throughout Central Texas. They were acquired by an undisclosed financial buyer based in Austin, Texas. Weigelt Enterprises, founded by Wayne Weigelt in 2003, provides a full range of commercial landscaping services to new and existing land development projects. The […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of C&S Carpet Distribution to Best Logistics Group

April 14, 2017

  Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between C&S Carpet Distribution, Inc. and Best Logistics Group. Best Logistics Group is a leading logistics provider in the southeast United States. C&S Carpet Distribution, Inc. is a truckload and LTL distributor and logistics provider of flooring products throughout the southeast. C&S Carpet Distribution is a distribution […]

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Food sector M&A ripe for the picking

April 13, 2017

In the biggest deal to date in the natural and organic foods category, and in its largest takeover since 2007, French food company Danone is set to double the size of its US business this month with the acquisition of US organic food producer WhiteWave Foods. This included significant run-rate EBIT synergies of $300 million […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Middletons Hotel Limited to Thwaites PLC

April 12, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to have advised on an agreed deal for the sale of Middletons Hotel Limited to Thwaites PLC. Middletons Hotel is a 56-bedroom property spread over six historic, Grade II Listed Buildings and has been built up by a local family over the past 40 years. After York Minster, it is the […]

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M&A: a tool for bringing new teams, skills and talents together?

April 10, 2017

Market trends mean that deal analysts can typically anticipate which mega-merger is on the cards, or which up-and-coming business is likely to be snapped up by a bigger company. But there are times when M&A announcements come as a real surprise to the industry. Some deals seem so strange that even industry experts expect them […]

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Dow and DuPont get EU go-ahead

April 06, 2017

The $130bn mega-merger between US chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission. Earlier this year, it was announced that the deal would be subject to an investigation from EU competition regulators due to antitrust concerns. The Dow and DuPont deal is the first of three mega deals […]

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Apple acquires award-winning Workflow app

March 28, 2017

It was announced this week that Apple has purchased DeskConnect, the start-up business behind popular iOS app, Workflow. The app allows users to build custom actions that involve multiple apps, for example, linking Maps and messages so your phone sends an automated text to a contact to let them know when you’ll be home, based […]

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Signal is strong for telecoms M&A

March 23, 2017

Following President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, he appointed the then-Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai as the Commission’s Chairman. Pai has served as Commissioner since his appointment by President Obama in 2012, however industry experts predict that Pai’s new role as Chairman spells a positive outlook for M&A in the telecoms […]

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Walmart pushes further into online retail market with new acquisition

March 22, 2017

It’s no secret that Walmart has grand plans to muscle in on some of Amazon’s online retail market share and it seems the US retail giant has edged closer with the acquisition of ModCloth. The purchase of the vintage-style clothing retailer was made by Walmart’s ecommerce business Jet for an undisclosed sum, although industry sources […]

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