How can I keep abreast of M&A activity, including deals involving government takeovers and bailouts?
Mergers and acquisitions have been in a slump since last year as the global credit crunch has hindered companies’ ability to do site deals. Activity hasn’t dried up entirely, though, and with financial turmoil prompting bailouts, governments are increasingly part of the mix. You can use the Bloomberg M&A Analysis (MA) function to track and rank deals and advisers, analyze transactions, search for data using criteria you select and view related headlines.
Type MA <GO> 1 <Go> to access the M&A Search function. You can either choose one of 30 standard searches or customize your own using criteria you select including date, payment type and advisers.
To view transactions in which governments have played a part, select a search under Custom Search and press 2 <Go> to clear any prior criteria. Tab in to the SEARCH TITLE field and enter a name for your search, such as BAILOUTS. Enter 0 for All in the CURRENT STATUS field. Click on the number to the right of Deal Type and select Government Administration so that a blue star appears to the left of it. Press <Menu> and type 1 <Go> to run the search, which will be saved automatically. Click on any of the deals for more transaction terms.
Type LEAG <Go> to create a custom In gue table using criteria you select.
How can I track underwire rankings across regions a d markets?
At a time when investment banks ar competing for a dwindling number of deals, yo can use the Underwriter Rankings (LEAG) fun on to identify the leading firms for arranging stoc and debt sales. For the top underwriters of U.S. ini al public offerings and additional stock sales so f. in 2009, for example, type LEAG <Go>. Click on Select a Market on the red tool bar, select Equity 8c 0quity Linked and click on U.S. Equity Offerings.
You can refine your equity rankings list further by creating a custom league table. o display the top underwriters of stock deals for financial firms this year, for instance, click on the elect a Market button, select Custom Markets an click on Add A Custom Market. Tab in to the Custom SEARCH NAME field and enter a name for you table, such as FINANCIALS. To view available sectors and Groups, click on the plus sign to left of Issuer Data and then on Industry in the t e that appears below it. Click on the plus sign to t e left of Financial, followed by Select All, and the click on the Begin Search button to see your customized list, which will be saved automatically click on any item in the list and select Securities in the pop-up box that appears to view details of hat offering.