Jeffrey Goldfarb is the U.S. Editor of Breakingviews. Based in New York, he coordinates coverage in the region, while frequently writing about Wall Street, private equity, M&A and the media and tech industries. Before becoming a columnist in 2007, he covered banking, mergers, international trade, healthcare and the internet for Reuters and BNA. From London, Jeffrey led the European corporate finance team for Reuters and coverage of the continent's media sector. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from The George Washington University. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @jgfarb
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David Bonderman’s TPG and Alec Gores’ eponymous firm are the latest to jump on the shell-company bandwagon. A cutthroat M&A scene and the success enjoyed by the likes of Martin Franklin have amplified the siren call. Not all acquisition nous is necessarily the same, however.
The oilfield services provider is moving outside its comfort zone to buy drilling gear maker Cameron for $15 bln even as the price of crude falls. The 56 pct premium is flattered by the market selloff and covered by cost savings. Schlumberger may have threaded the M&A needle.
The hefty 38 pct premium it’s paying for AGL looks rich for the utility sector. Though Southern isn’t giving a synergy figure, hacking out over 6 percent of costs would help justify the price. Previous mergers like Duke’s acquisition of Progress at least suggest it’s achievable.
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