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Global High-Tech M&A Activity Accelerates Oct 11
Standard & Poors, October 2011
The pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has picked up across the global high-tech sector over the past year, among investment-grade and speculative-grade companies alike. But the reasons for entering into these transactions--and the credit impact of the deals--have differed. Investment-grade firms have generally made larger, more strategic purchases that had little to no impact on their credit quality. Their speculative-grade counterparts, on the other hand, have undergone a mix of smaller strategic and financially driven deals, which have tended to have more negative credit implications. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes three key factors are contributing to the faster pace of high-tech M&A: The stabilization of industry conditions and capital markets; The strong liquidity profiles and debt capacity of...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Intel Corp.,Motorola Solutions Inc.,NCR Corp.,Hewlett-Packard Co.,National Semiconductor Corp.,SunGard Data Systems Inc.,Microsoft Corp.,SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc.,Blackboard Inc.,Skype Global S.a.r.l.,Google Inc.,Flexera Software Inc.
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Intel Corp.,Motorola Solutions Inc.,NCR Corp.,Hewlett-Packard Co.,National Semiconductor Corp.,SunGard Data Systems Inc.,Microsoft Corp.,SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc.,Blackboard Inc.,Skype Global S.a.r.l.,Google Inc.,Flexera Software Inc.