Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.US Paving the Way for Massive First Strike on North Korea Nuclear and Missile Infrastructure - Nadeem_Walayat
2.Trump Reset: US War With China, North Korea Nuclear Flashpoint - Video - Nadeem_Walayat
3.Silver Junior Mining Stocks 2017 Q2 Fundamentals - Zeal_LLC
4.Soaring Inflation Plunges UK Economy Into Stagflation, Triggers Government Pay Cap Panic! - Nadeem_Walayat
5.The Bitcoin Blueprint To Your Financial Freedom - Sean Keyes
6.North Korea 'Begging for War', 'Enough is Enough', is a US Nuclear Strike Imminent? - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Bitcoin Hits All-Time High and Smashes Through $5,000 As Gold Shows Continued Strength - Jeff_Berwick
8.2017 is NOT "Just Another Year" for the Stock Market: Here's Why - EWI
9.Gold : The Anatomy of the Bottoming Process - Rambus_Chartology
10.Bitcoin Falls 20% as Mobius and Chinese Regulators Warn - GoldCore
Last 7 days
Stocks, Gold, Dollar, Bitcoin Markets Analysis - 23rd Sep 17
How Will We Be Affected by a Series of Rate Hikes? - 23rd Sep 17
Fed Quantitative Tightening Impact on Stocks and Gold - 22nd Sep 17
Bitcoin & Blockchain: All Hype or Part of a Financial Revolution? - 22nd Sep 17
Pensions and Debt Time Bomb In UK: £1 Trillion Crisis Looms - 22nd Sep 17
Will North Korea Boost Gold Prices? Part I - 22nd Sep 17
USDJPY Leads the way for a Resurgent Greenback - 22nd Sep 17
Day Trading Guide for Dummies - 22nd Sep 17
Short-Term Uncertainty, As Stocks Fluctuate Along Record Highs - 21st Sep 17
4 Reasons Gold is Starting to Look Attractive as Cryptocurrencies Falter - 21st Sep 17
Should Liners Invest in Shipping Software Solutions and Benefits of Using Packaged Shipping Software - 21st Sep 17
The 5 Biggest Bubbles In Markets Today - 20th Sep 17
Infographic: The Everything Bubble Is Ready to Pop - 20th Sep 17
Americans Don’t Grasp The Magnitude Of The Looming Pension Tsunami That May Hit Us Within 10 Years - 20th Sep 17
Stock Market Waiting Game... - 20th Sep 17
Precious Metals Sector is on Major Buy Signal - 20th Sep 17
US Equities Destined For Negative Returns In The Next 7 Years - 3 Assets To Invest In Instead - 20th Sep 17
Looking For the Next Big Stock? Look at Design - 20th Sep 17
Self Employed? Understanding Business Insurance - 19th Sep 17
Stock Market Bubble Fortunes - 19th Sep 17
USD/CHF – Verification of Breakout or Further Declines? - 19th Sep 17
Blockchain Tech: Don't Say You Didn't Know - 19th Sep 17
The Fed’s 2% Inflation Target Is Pointless - 19th Sep 17
How To Resolve the Korean Conundrum  - 19th Sep 17
A World Doomed to a Never Ending War - 19th Sep 17
What is Backtesting? And Why You Need Backtesting System? - 19th Sep 17
These Two Articles Debunk The Biggest Financial Nonsense I See In The Media - 18th Sep 17
Bitcoin Price Crash 40% In 3 Days Underlining Gold’s Safe Haven Credentials - 18th Sep 17
The Sum of Risks – Global, Strategic, Political, and Financial - 18th Sep 17
The Netflix Of Canada’s Cannabis Boom - 18th Sep 17
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: Either You Learn From The Events Of The Past Week, Or You Are Hopeless - 18th Sep 17
SPX 2500 … At Last! - 18th Sep 17
Inflation Lies, Lies and OMG More Lies - 18th Sep 17
How to Choose right Forex Trader? - 18th Sep 17
Who Has Shaped the World the Most? The Dozen Greatest Achievers - 17th Sep 17
Riding the ‘Slide’: Is This What the Next Stocks Bear Market Looks Like? - 17th Sep 17
Gold Up, Markets Fatigued As War Talk Boils Over - 17th Sep 17
Predicting the Future of the U.S. and the World - 16th Sep 17
Deceit in the Financial Food Chain - 16th Sep 17
Gold GLD ETF Investment Resuming - 16th Sep 17
Extreme Weather & Energy Markets: What's Next? - Video - 15th Sep 17
Trump’s Path to IP Wars - 15th Sep 17
GBP USD Approaches Fibonacci Target - 15th Sep 17
Higher US Interest Rates May Force Higher Inflation Rates - 15th Sep 17
Stock Market Investors: Taking the Road "Less Traveled" Has Its Perks - 15th Sep 17
The 3 Best P2P Lending Platforms For Investors In 2017—Detailed Analysis - 15th Sep 17
The US Debt Bubble Will Soon Warrant Serious Measures - 15th Sep 17
Why it is Often Difficult to Sell a House Fast - 15th Sep 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

3 Videos + 8 Charts = Opportunities You Need to See - Free

Mega Private Equity Deal in 2010: Some Fundamentals in Place

Stock-Markets / Mergers & Acquisitions Aug 22, 2010 - 05:44 AM GMT

By: Static_Chaos

Stock-Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith Merger and Acquisition really picking up steam in the last month, the question arises whether private equity will be able to complete a major move in the remainder of 2010. This past week Intel acquired software security firm McAfee for $7.7 billion in an all cash deal and the prior week BHP offered $40 Billion to take over Potash Corp. from shareholders.


In contrast, the latest deal involving private equity--Blackstone acquiring Dynergy for $543 million--is a far cry from the heyday of private equity deals back in 2006, when deals such as Harrah`s Entertainment, Hospital Corp. of America, Clear Channel Communications, Kinder Morgan, and Freescale Semiconductor each worth more than $17 Billion dollars took place. In 2007, Blackstone acquiring Equity Office Properties Trust for $38.9 billion, and TXU went for a $42 Billion three way deal with Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and TPG.

So, all this M&A activity begs the question--where the heck is private equity? Can they still compete with large companies sitting on a pile of cash?

I understand the financing travails and the freezing up of the credit markets in 2008, but this is late 2010 and supposedly private equity has all this money from investors that they have been unable to utilize for deals over the last three years. In short, what could private equity be waiting for?

There are some great bargains out there in undervalued companies that have huge cash flows, little debt, large cash stockpiles, and there is a low cost of capital right now for financing deals. Do you need an engraved invitation to the ever-present M&A party? If you cannot complete a major deal now, then when will you be able to do a major deal?

The cost of capital is only going to go up in the future, in a major way. Frankly, it seems that the private equity community is like the proverbial deer in headlights, and still stuck in the malaise, fear, and uncertainty of the past three years that they are slow to react to the changing landscape of deal making. And this is their core business deal making.

It is apparent that the dynamics have changed in the private equity buyout game, and maybe the firms are waiting for the good old days. But the good old days are long gone, and you have capital to deploy, so you’d better either start adapting to the new environment or start giving your capital back to investors so they can realize a better return on their money.

There is the stigma of all those bad private equity sham deals that have occurred over the last decade that probably makes many banks weary of private equity when they inquire about financing deals. So, yes the days of the sham deals are over where you buyout some garbage company that has a declining business model, uncompetitive business, but little debt, and you take it private, lever up the balance sheet with monstrous debt obligations, pay yourself a huge dividend recapping your original investment, and then taking it back public in a better market with higher multiples. The reason this type of deal is dead is because there will always be a bag holder, and banks have ultimately been caught in the crossfire too many times as the one picking up the pieces in the end.

Most likely, all future private equity deals will involve more of the firm`s own money in the deal. But private equity, by most accounts, has been sitting on large amounts of capital, so the money is there for deals. Furthermore, there are plenty of legitimate value enhancing, highly attractive deals out there, which this cash may be applied to right now, as there are great fundamentals (outlined below) in the marketplace for the private equity model.

  • The valuations of many public companies are well below the average of the last 10 years.  
  • There are many solid companies that have little debt on their books. 
  • Many companies with strong cash flows. 
  • The cost of capital is extremely attractive at these rates of financing, providing banks believe that private equity firms have some skin in the game and willing to share the risk. But this should have always been the model, as shared risk inevitably leads to high quality deals and not the sham deals where risks are absorbed by others. 
  • The M&A cycle for the next 10 years is just starting, so the best deals are still available.  
  • The next cycle will be highly inflationary, which means you are taking assets out of the market at the bottom of a deflationary cycle, and bringing these same assets back to the public markets in three years in the midst of an inflationary cycle where the value of the same assets receives a much higher multiple due to the inflation of asset prices.  
  • Banks have recapitalized for the past three years, and they now need to start applying more of their capital base to lending projects with higher returns, they just need the demand component to pick up, and this is where private equity firms come into fill this void.

So, how likely is it that we have a$100 Billion private equity deal in the remainder of this year? Well, at the beginning of this year it would have seemed impossible, but the dynamics are there for a deal to occur. Things really just have to fall into place. With the latest rumblings of M&A activity, there is an increasing chance that we witness a Mega Private Equity deal that really shakes up the current valuation models regarding what public companies are worth.

A case in point is a company like HP with a trailing P/E around 11, has solid growth, leader in numerous business segments within technology, sits on a large amount of cash, and is grossly mispriced in the market place compared to a firm like Dell with a trailing P/E around 16.

HP has many of the components necessary for a private equity mega deal, solid company with a bright future, extremely low multiple, assets are worth more than the current market cap if sold separately, low relative debt, strong cash flows, large cash reserves, relevant industry due to demands from corportations to increase productivity, lacks a CEO, leverageable, and most of all--very financeable for a major deal to banks.

This is one of my candidates for a Mega Private Equity deal. What are some of the companies that you think will make for great Mega Private Equity Deals for the remainder of 2010?

By Static Chaos

http://static-chaos.blogspot.com

© 2010 Copyright Statoc Chaos- All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2017 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife