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Top M&A Deal: Musk bought Twitter for $ 4400 million, but it is not the world’s biggest business deal, here are the top deals

Top M&A Deal: Talking about the last three years, the business deal between Musk and Twitter is the world’s sixth largest in the list of major merger-acquisition deals.

Top M&A Deal: Recently, Elon Musk, the world’s richest person and owner of electric vehicle giant (Tesla), has announced the purchase of microblogging social platform Twitter. This business deal is worth about $ 4400 million (Rs 3.37 lakh crore). It is considered a huge business deal, but in the last three years, the business deal between Musk and Twitter is the world’s sixth largest in the list of major merger-acquisition deals. However, the biggest business deal ever in terms of value was between Vodafone Airtouch plc and Mannesmann about 22 years ago. In the biggest business deal in the last three years, a deal was also done in India. Between HDFC Bank and HDFC.

Top 5 biggest business deals of the last three years

BHP Group Limited-BHP Group plc
BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary) issued a release on 2 December 2021 announcing the board’s decision to consolidate the corporate structure of BHP. The deal was worth around $8620 million (Rs 6.60 lakh crore), which is the biggest M&A (Merger and Acquisition) deal in the last three years. The amalgamation took place under the company’s existing Australian parent company, BHP Group Limited. Earlier BHP dual listed company operated as corporate structure – BHP Group Limited listed in Australia and BHP Group listed in United Kingdom. BHP is one of the largest mining companies in the world by market cap.

Unilever plc-Unilever NV
The year in which the outbreak of the Corona epidemic spread across the world, the largest M&A deal in the year 2020 was between Unilever Plc and Unilever NV and it was the second largest deal in the last three years. In October, Unilever plc shareholders approved the company’s plan to merge Unilever NV with Unilever plc. The merger was completed the following month in November 2020. Earlier both the companies were listed on different stock exchanges. This deal was worth about $ 8100 million (Rs 6.20 lakh crore).

Microsoft-Activision Blizzard
Microsoft, the company of Bill Gates, who was the world’s richest person for a long time, recently bought Activision Blizzard, the maker of Candy Crush game video game, for $ 6870 million (Rs 5.26 lakh crore). announced. This deal is the biggest deal in gaming history. The deal was announced on 18 January 2022. Acquisition Blizzard makes games like Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Diablo and World of Warcraft. Due to this deal, Microsoft will become the third largest gaming company after Tencent and Sony.

HDFC Bank-HDFC
The board of HDFC had approved the merger with HDFC Bank a few days ago. This deal is worth about $ 6 thousand crore (Rs 4.59 lakh crore). On completion of this deal, after the merger, the market cap of the bank can reach closer to $ 20 thousand crore (Rs 15.12 lakh crore), i.e. in terms of market cap, it will compete with the world’s fourth largest bank China Construction Bank Corporation. .

S&P Global-IHS Markit
The fifth largest M&A deal in the last three years was that of IHS Markit and S&P, which was the second largest M&A deal of the year 2020 after the deal between Unilever plc-Unilever NV. Unilever brought its group legal structure under a single parent company. If not to consider this as an example of M&A, then the purchase of IHS Markit by S&P Global was the biggest corporate acquisition of 2020 that year. In early December 2020, S&P Global agreed to buy IHS Markit for $4400 million (Rs 3.37 lakh crore). The acquisition enhanced S&P Global’s data analytics capability.

Vodafone’s biggest purchase ever

Vodafone AirTouch PLC of Britain bought German industrial conglomerate Mannesmann AG on 4 February 2000, about 22 years ago. This deal was done for about $ 18.3 thousand million, which is the largest business purchase ever in the world by value. According to Goldman Sachs, the financial advisor of this deal, this deal made Vodafone the world’s largest mobile telecom provider.
(One dollar = Rs 76.52, 29 April 2022)

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