U.S. Airways Merger: A Strategic Variance Analysis Of Changes In Post-Merger Performance

Abstract This case provides students the opportunity to apply strategic variance analysis (SVA) methodology in analyzing the performance changes realized in an airline merger. The U.S. Airways–America West merger provides an example of a complex, strategic action that simultaneously impacts firm size, unit pricing and costs, efficiency, and capacity for the combining airlines. This merger provides a … Read more

Global Capital Confidence Barometer – Reshaping For The Future

By Pip McCrostie – Ernst & Young Learning to thrive in a low-growth and volatile environment, companies are taking a pragmatic view, balancing risk and returns. Our 10th Global Capital Confidence Barometer clearly illustrates the many complex challenges on today’s boardroom agenda. For leading global corporates, striking a balance between risk and reward has rarely been so difficult. … Read more

Global Financial Services M&A Themes 2014

By Ernst & Young 1. Global financial services deal activity Overview of deal activity in 2013 In 2013, the financial services sector recorded a further slow-down in global financial services M&A activity. This is the fourth year in succession that deal volumes have fallen. Overall, deal activity was 10% down on 2012 and some 21% lower than … Read more

2014 Global Chemical Industry Mergers And Acquisitions Outlook

By Deloitte Overview of the 2014 Global chemicals mergers and acquisitions outlook In 2013, the year’s activity validated once again that the only constant driver in chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is change. The year began with strong levels of M&A activity, but change and a slowdown emerged in the second quarter with moderate volume levels … Read more

Driving Value: 2013 Automotive M&A Insights

By Paul Elie, Harry Gruits and Christopher Becker– PricewaterhouseCoopers The road ahead Today’s companies still face barriers on the road to long-term growth; however, we believe the automotive sector is on an upward trajectory, revving up now to drive future growth. PwC’s Autofacts expects the industry to add 25 million units of production between 2013 and 2020, for a compounded annual growth … Read more

Mergers & Acquisitions Quarterly Switzerland – Fourth Quarter 2013

By Ernst & Young Deal volume in the last quarter of 2013 remained nearly unchanged compared to the previous quarter, confirming the pattern observed throughout 2013 of modest disclosed deal volume in the Swiss M&A market. Moreover, the number of deals decreased compared to both the previous quarter and the same quarter of the preceding year. … Read more

Global Capital Confidence Barometer – Dealmaking Returns?

By Pip McCrostie – Ernst & Young Growth mandates — driven by increased confidence and credit availability — will spur M&A activity across mature and emerging markets. Our latest Capital Confidence Barometer suggests a return of deal activity after a five-year period of falling M&A globally. The fundamentals are in place to foster M&A: confidence in the global … Read more

Insurance 2020: A Quiet Revolution – The Future Of Insurance M&A

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by PricewaterhouseCoopers
The global insurance industry’s outlook is improving. The mature economies of Europe and North America are moving towards recovery, while the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America continue to grow. A pickup in global premiums is forecast, but the industry should not expect a return to the old ways. Insurers are operating in a world where the goal of long-term growth seems to be getting further away. Instead, insurers face a range of obstacles including persistently low investment yields, tightening regulation and overcapacity in many markets. […] Read more

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