Anatomy of A Merger

Objective: To research into and present/report on real merger/acquisition cases. To familiarize with and apply the concepts taught in class. To analyze and compare the mergers/acquisitions from the finance/accounting perspective.

Intel Corporation and Altera Corporation Vs Microchip Technology Inc and Micrel Inc

  1. General: Select two mergers/ acquisitions that are related in the sense that they are in the same industry. Specifically, each merger/acquisition should involve acquirers that, preferably, are competitors. For example: The merger of AT&T and BellSouth Vs Sprint and Nextel (Sprint Corporation and Nextel Communications). Search for a recent merger/acquisition (announced and finalized, completed and effective not more than 5 years ago from now). Consider ‘meaty’ choices. By this I mean your choices should involve big corporations, preferably the firms in each of the two mergers/acquisitions should be publicly listed. They should all be incorporated in the USA, are there should be news coverage on each of the two mergers.
  2. Write an essay/paper on the merger/acquisition: In your essay, you will compare and contrast the two mergers/acquisitions around the following subjects/criteria (you must structure and subtitle your report according to the subtitles as underlined):
  3.  State and Explain why you have chosen those two mergers/acquisitions.
  4.  Explain why each of the two corporations merged.
  5.  Explain/Describe the terms of the merger, the type, the nature and structure of the consideration.
  6.  Explain in as much detail as possible, how the merger was accounted for at merger date, whether there was goodwill or gain, etc, to what extent the accounting was consistent with the USGAAP. Note that this is one of the main parts of the research.
  7.  Explain in as much detail as possible, how the merger was accounted for after the merger date, measurements, recognitions, presentations (consolidation) using the first two years after the merger, to what extent the accounting was consistent with the USGAAP. Note that this is the main part of the research. Note that this is another one of the main parts of the research.
  8.  Whether any financial experts (auditors, analysts/brokers/ banks etc expressed opinions about the merger and what they said (specify/state). Also, whether the government or its agents e.g. the SEC, commented on the merger, and what they said (specify/state).
  9. Discuss the impact of the merger on the Industry (changes in industry market share pre- & post- the merger, Sales Trend, Income Trend, Stock market (share price) reaction etc.
  10.  Provide a candid opinion on the merger, whether it was a successful endeavor (whether they realized the objectives of the merger, whether the performance of the new consolidated entity improved, etc), supporting your answer with reasons.

For more information on Anatomy of A Merger read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mergers_and_acquisitions

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