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F&D Reports / Creditntell Release 2018 Merger & Acquisition Activity Special Analysis


Report Details Significant M&A Activity Across Six Retail Sectors

GREAT NECK, N.Y. (PRWEB) August 17, 2018

Industry-leading retail consulting firm Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI), through its F&D Reports and Creditntell divisions, has announced the release of its annual Merger & Acquisition Activity Special Analysis, which outlines significant M&A activity, including notable asset sales, within the supermarket/food wholesale, convenience store, foodservice, drug retail/wholesale, casual dining/restaurants, and mass merchandise sectors. The report also discusses the outlook for 2018 and the impact of new tax laws, rising interest rates, and global anxiety from tariffs.

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Global merger and acquisition activity fell for the second year in a row in 2017, down about 6% annually to $3.420 trillion. Deal volume still hit the 50,000 mark worldwide, led by transactions in technology and healthcare, which had combined activity of nearly $880.00 billion. In the U.S., activity fell to about $1.400 trillion, down almost 18%. Notable deals from 2017 - 2018 include Amazon's $13.55 billion purchase of Whole Foods, Supervalu's acquisitions of Unified Grocers and Associated Grocers of Florida (followed by United Natural Foods' takeover of Supervalu, announced last month), Walgreens Boots Alliance's purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores, Metro Inc.'s C$4.50 billion acquisition of Jean Coutu, and Alimentation Couche-Tard's $4.40 billion purchase of CST Brands.

For the first half of 2018, merger and acquisition activity was strong, with $433.13 billion in U.S. transactions in the first quarter and $457.05 billion in the second quarter. Looking ahead, we expect the completion of Walmart's $16.00 billion acquisition of 77% of India's Flipkart, CVS' $69.00 billion vertical merger with Aetna, and Express Scripts' $67.00 billion deal to merge with Cigna. It remains to be seen whether 2018 will break the streak of down years or if investors will throw caution to the wind and spend a considerable portion of the dry powder that is sitting on the sidelines.

Commenting on the Merger & Acquisition Activity Special Analysis, ICI CEO Lawrence Sarf stated, "The U.S. retail landscape continues to bifurcate into a small group of ‘haves' and a much larger group of ‘have-nots,' with many of the industry's leading players relying heavily on M&A activity to expand their geographic reach and diversify their business models. As competition continues to heat up and organic growth opportunities dwindle, we expect this trend to continue, particularly with many retail segments remaining fragmented and ripe for consolidation. Our 2018 update summarizes recent industry deal activity and provides our outlook on what to expect in the months ahead."

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Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports & Creditntell) is a leading credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today's busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. To learn more, visit our websites at and

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