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Learning about reverse mergers in Maryland

When a privately held company combines with a public company that has gone dormant, it is said to have purchased a shell corporation. That purchase turns the private company into a publicly traded company in what is called a reverse merger. This technique expedites the process of going public while the traditional method of turning a private company into a public company through an IPO can take months or years to complete.

Defensive tactics to hostile takeover attempts

When businesses attempt a hostile takeover of another company in a bid to acquire it against the consent or wishes of the company's board of directors, target companies often employ a variety of defensive tactics to prevent the takeover from occurring. Despite such measures, hostile takeovers may still be a method through which a business can acquire another business in order to meet their overall company goals.

EMC explored mergers with HP and Dell

Maryland investors may be interested to know that data storage giant EMC recently looked into merger deals with competitors Hewlett-Packard and Dell, according to industry insiders. It is uncertain whether an agreement will be reached with either company.

Microsoft deal to purchase "Minecraft" raises questions

Parents in Maryland may be familiar with the multi-platform video game 'Minecraft," which has been a big hit with children worldwide. The game has sold in excess of 54 million units since its introduction, and it generated profits of $129 million for its Swedish developers in 2013. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on record as saying that video games are not a part of the tech giant's core business model, but that did not stop the company from making the developer of 'Minecraft" the target of a $2.5 billion business acquisition.

New deal between GE and Electrolux

Investors in Maryland may be affected by the recent deal between Electrolux and General Electric that was announced on Sept. 8. The $3.3 billion acquisition of GE's appliance division will double the Swedish company's North American sales and allow it to be compete with its rival Whirlpool Corp. For Electrolux, the appeal to complete its largest acquisition to date was attributable to the opportunity to improve scale and to increase its North American market share, which was outpacing that in Europe.

Companies say merger will bring better service to customers

Pepco Holdings and Exelon announced on April 30 that they would be merging. On Aug. 19, the companies filed a regulatory request with the Maryland Public Service Commission. If regulatory approval for the $6.8 billion deal is granted, the two companies say that there will be fewer and shorter power outages for customers. In addition, the companies say that that merger would result in $623 million in economic impact and result in 7,100 more jobs.

Business acquisition leads to merger for Maryland landscapers

A massive Maryland landscaping firm has announced that it will merge with a California-based entity known as ValleyCrest Communities. The Maryland firm, The Brickman Group, reportedly finalized the merger in late June. Brickman was subject to a business acquisition by a global private entity known as KKR in November for about $1.6 billion; the merger now unites that company with the California-based organization.

Pfizer will not continue plans to buy AstraZeneca for now

Pfizer was in the process of trying to purchase another drug company, AstraZeneca, but those plans appear to have come to a halt for now. The company had made an offer of $119 billion, but that offer was rejected. This meant that Pfizer did not have long to decide if the company should withdraw its interest or if it should put out a firm offer for the drug company. Ultimately, the second was decided upon.

Possible AT&T, DirecTV deal could impact Maryland consumers

Two big-name providers in the television market may be coming together, as AT&T and DirecTV were scheduled to meet on May 18 to discuss a possible merger. According to reports, the deal may involve AT&T paying DirecTV close to $50 billion, with the individual share price coming in somewhere in the mid-90s.

PSA announces merger with Armada Employer Services in Maryland

In the business world, acquisitions and mergers can be mutually beneficial for both companies, depending on their respective strengths and weaknesses. Often, a business is acquired to take it out as competition or to add its value to the acquiring company. In the latest business acquisitions news in Maryland, PSA Insurance & Financial Services recently presented its plans to merge with Armada Employer Services. Both companies are based in Hunt Valley.

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