Mergers and acquisitions are never very far from the news.  But if you need to find out about a transaction in depth, where can you source the details you might not find in the papers?

M&A Specifics

Thomson One is an ideal starting point for researching M&A, providing access not just to detailed company financials, but also brokers’ reports and deal specifics for over 400,000 deals globally back to the 1970s. For that reason alone, we would recommend Thomson One as your starting point for this kind of research.

Thomson One’s home screen

For deals involving listed companies, the easiest way in is via the Company Overview for that firm, pictured above. Scroll down until you reach the Deals information section on the right and click through to all M&A deals.

To search for deals by criteria, use the M&A Search, accessible via Thomson One’s blue navigation menu. Select ‘Screening & Analysis’ > ‘Deals & League Tables’ > ‘M&A’ > ‘Advanced Search’ to build your search.

Bloomberg (available in MIRC) also has its own M&A Dashboard where you can search by specifics or simply browse deals by criteria. Access this page using Bloomberg code <MA>.

Bloomberg’s M&A Dashboard

Background information

Once you have worked your way through the data available in Thomson One and / or Bloomberg, MIRC has a variety of other resources that will also be valuable in your research, including:

  • Stock market data including share prices and indices are available from both Bloomberg and Datastream. Bloomberg’s charting function is fantastic so please ask if you need help creating any graphs.
  • Brokers and analysts’ reports are essential reading from the point where a deal was rumoured until well after the completion date. What else was happening at that time? Was there interest from other companies? Bloomberg contains some analysts’ reports but for more comprehensive coverage, use Thomson One.
  • The national press will also be a valuable source of information. Check out Factiva for coverage in newspapers worldwide.
  • SDC Platinum (available in SOM only) contains the same deals data as Thomson One but is more suited to large scale ‘number-crunching’.

As ever, any questions, please pop in or contact us here!

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