Business Strategy

Analysis and news on business direction and strategy

AT&T To Buy Time Warner (Incl. WB, TNT, HBO, CNN) For US$80 Billion

As internet customers vie for cheaper online alternatives, internet service providers are courting media companies to own some of the content delivered on their network…in a bid to remain competitive.

A merger would come at a pivotal time in the communications industry, where the giants are scrambling to create entertainment empires to maintain competitiveness as consumers increasingly embrace cheaper, digital alternatives. NYT

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Dolphin Cove, Jamaica’s First Tourism Junior Market Listing, Merges With Mexican Company

Dolphin Cove - An amazing attraction

On Wednesday November 18, 2015, when over J$3 billion was exchanged for 229.7m Dolphin Cove shares, it became very obvious that a major move had been made for the Jamaican-born tourism company. The only person capable of making such a trade would be Stafford Burrowes and family who owns the largest chunk of the fast-growing tourism company. Continue Reading

Mergers and Acquisitions

Heineken To Takeover, Delist Desnoes & Geddes Ltd. Bye Bye Red Stripe.

Red Stripe Beer

Desnoes & Geddes Limited, makers of Jamaica’s famous Red Stripe Beer is being taken over by Heineken International as they now have a controlling stake in the company.

Diageo (headquartered in London) which had a controlling stake in the company (57.87%), sold their shares to Heineken, who also owned (15.45%) of the company separately. As a result, the total shareholdings of Heineken are now over 73% and the company can make an offer for the remaining shares in the company that it does not own. Continue Reading

Bulletin, Mergers and Acquisitions

Digicel Throws The First Punch Against Google, Yahoo & Facebook by Blocking ALL Online Ads

by hunterseakerhk

If everything goes as planned, Digicel will soon be blocking all ads by big online advertising networks such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo, across all its markets in the Caribbean.

Digicel argues are that

  • the advertisements are a strain on their network,
  • ads slow down the experience for people on their network and as such they want to provide the best experience by reducing the need for a lot of these ads to load, and
  • they would also be helping their customers as these ads use as much as 10% of a customer’s data plan. Wow. Continue Reading
Business Strategy

Sagicor X Fund Raising J$4.2b (US$35m) To Acquire Convention Hotel In Florida

Sagicor Financial Corporation

Sagicor Real Estate X Fund Limited is pleased to announce that it proposes to undertake a rights issue of up to 598,134,700 new ordinary shares on the basis of two (2) new ordinary shares for every five (5) ordinary stock units held as at August 17 2015 (“the Record Date”). Continue Reading

Mergers and Acquisitions, Stocks / I.P.O.s

Heavy Weight Group Bids For Kingston Airport – Grupo Puntacana, Jamaica Producers & GB Group

Air Jamaica - Soaring to new heights

Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport, based in Kingston is being divested by the government. The airport is currently going through a bidding process and a heavy-weight group of investors are one of the forerunners to run the airport. Continue Reading

Mergers and Acquisitions

Sagicor Nabs Its 4th Hotel. First In The Tourism Capital

Sagicor Financial Corporation

The Sagicor Group, through it’s Sagicor X Fund subsidiary has made another real estate acquisition. Sagicor, which currently owns 3 hotel on the north coast and are in the process of developing a mega water park project, have now added a major coup to their real estate arsenal. Continue Reading

Mergers and Acquisitions

Proven Investments Buys First Global Financial Services Ltd For Over J$3 billion. Will Change Its Name.

Proven

The GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby, has announced that subsidiary, First Global Holdings Limited (FGH), has entered into an agreement dated April 24, 2014 for the sale of its 100% shareholding in First Global Financial Services Limited (“FGFS”) to Proven Investments Limited (“Proven”), subject to regulatory approval with a transaction value of over J$3.05 billion. Proven will change the name of the company on completion of the sale. Continue Reading

Mergers and Acquisitions