Cash Takeovers Hit $457.8 Billion In Past Six Months, Smashing Previous Six-Month Record In Early 2007 by TrimTabs

SausaCash Takeovers Hit $457.8 Billion In Past Six Months, Smashing Previous Six-Month Record In Early 2007lito, CA — November 3, 2015 — TrimTabs Investment Research said cash takeovers of U.S. public companies hit $457.8 billion from May through October, smashing the previous six-month record of $406.5 billion set from February 2007 through July 2007, right before the credit crisis broke out.

“The merger boom is being fueled by a combination of extraordinarily easy credit and stagnant revenue,” said David Santschi, chief executive officer of TrimTabs.  “It’s a lot easier to buy growth with cash or borrowed money than it is to grow a company organically, particularly when the economy isn’t expanding much.

In a research note, TrimTabs explained that cash takeovers hit $97.5 billion in October, the highest monthly volume on record.  Cash mergers topped $50 billion in five of the past six months.

TrimTabs said the new record is a cautionary sign for U.S. equities.  “Merger activity tends to swell around market tops as confident corporate leaders turn to deal-making to boost earnings and revenue late in the economic cycle,” said Santschi.

Twelve deals used at least $10 billion in cash in the past six months, including four in the Information Technology sector.  The largest of these 12 deals were Dell’s agreement to buy EMC using $46.2 billion in cash, Anthem’s $45.0 billion bid for Cigna, Berkshire Hathaway’s $32.4 billion offer for Precision Castparts, and Charter Communications’ $28.3 billion bid for Time Warner.

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TrimTabs Investment Research is the only independent research service that publishes detailed daily coverage of U.S. stock market liquidity—including mutual fund flows and exchange-traded fund flows—as well as weekly withheld income and employment tax collections.  Founded by Charles Biderman, TrimTabs has provided institutional investors with trading strategies since 1990.  For more information, please visit www.TrimTabs.com.

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