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Home Depot Announces $18.25B Acquisition

In its biggest-ever deal, company is buying materials provider SRS Distribution

(Newser) - Home Depot has announced the largest acquisition in its history. The company will buy SRS Distribution, a materials provider for professionals, in a deal valued at approximately $18.25 billion, the AP reports. With the deal, Home Depot steps more aggressively into the fast growing professional builder and contractor business....

$3.8B JetBlue-Spirit Airlines Merger Is No More

After court blocked the deal, airlines say they're unlikely to meet regulatory hurdles by the deadline

(Newser) - JetBlue and Spirit Airlines are ending their proposed $3.8 billion combination after a court ruling blocked their merger, reports the AP . JetBlue said Monday that even though both companies still believe in the benefits of a combination, they were unlikely to meet the required closing conditions before the July...

FTC Sues to Block Massive Grocery Merger

Kroger and Albertsons want to merge in the biggest such deal in US history

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission sued to block a proposed merger between grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons, reports the AP , saying the $24.6 billion deal would eliminate competition and lead to higher prices for millions of Americans. The FTC filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Oregon on Monday....

Capital One-Discover Deal Faces 'Gale-Force Headwinds'
Capital One-Discover Deal
Seen as 'Dangerous'

Capital One-Discover Deal Seen as 'Dangerous'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads charge against $35B merger, saying it will hurt 'working people'

(Newser) - Capital One announced on Monday that it was buying Discover Financial Services, in a $35 billion deal to combine two of the nation's largest credit-card firms. But experts say it will take at least a year for the merger to be completed, and there's already pushback from advocacy...

Deal Would Combine Two Credit Card Giants
One Credit Card Giant
Is Buying Another

One Credit Card Giant Is Buying Another

Capital One will take over Discover in all-stock transaction

(Newser) - Capital One and Discover Financial Services announced Monday that, as expected, the former is buying the latter for $35 billion. Discover's shareholders will receive shares of Capital One valued at almost $140, per the news release cited by the AP . Discover shares were trading at $110.49 when trading...

Big Layoffs at Roomba After Amazon Deal Falls Through

Companies say the planned acquisition is off

(Newser) - Amazon and Roomba won't be getting together after all. The retail giant and vacuum maker iRobot said Monday that Amazon's planned acquisition is off, reports the Wall Street Journal . The deal had faced big regulatory hurdles in Europe and the US. Amazon will pay the Massachusetts company a...

Two Media Giants Start Merger Talks
Two Media
Giants Start
Merger Talks

Two Media Giants Start Merger Talks

Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount both are facing debt and making cuts

(Newser) - Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global have begun talking about merging, a deal that would put the rivals' streaming operations and film studios—as well as TV networks CBS and CNN—under the same corporate roof. The media companies' CEOs, David Zaslav of Warner Bros. and Bob Bakish of Paramount,...

Japan's Nippon Steel Scoops Up US Steel for $14B

New combined company will be among top 3 steel-producing companies in the world

(Newser) - US Steel, the Pittsburgh steel producer that played a key role in the nation's industrialization, is being acquired by Nippon Steel in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $14.1 billion. The transaction is worth about $14.9 billion when including the assumption of debt. The combined company will...

Trump's Truth Social Is Losing Money Fast
Trump's Truth Social
Has Lost Millions

Trump's Truth Social Has Lost Millions

Platform down more than $30M since launch

(Newser) - This summary has been updated with corrected figures. Former President Trump's social media platform Truth Social has posted a loss of $31.6 million since its launch in early 2022, reports Reuters . (An earlier report with a figure of $71.3 million cited by multiple media outlets was incorrect....

One Big Oil Company Will Absorb Another, for $53B

Chevron is buying Hess, just weeks after Exxon Mobil made its own $60B acquisition

(Newser) - Chevron is buying Hess Corp. for $53 billion as the biggest US oil companies use a recent windfall in profits to buy up smaller competitors. The Chevron-Hess deal comes less than two weeks after Exxon Mobil said it would acquire Pioneer Natural Resources for about $60 billion, per the AP...

$1B Headed Back to Investors in Trump's Struggling Truth Social Deal

But Trump Media paints the move as 'in the best interest of ... completing our merger'

(Newser) - The publicly listed shell company that raised $1 billion to merge with former President Trump's media company won't end up with any of it. Investors have canceled $467 million in funding, Digital World Acquisition Corp. said in a Thursday regulatory filing. DWAC CEO Eric Swider said in a...

Microsoft Closes One of Tech's Biggest Acquisitions

Company's massive $69B deal to buy 'Call of Duty' maker Activision Blizzard is approved

(Newser) - Microsoft has completed its acquisition of video game-maker Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, closing one of the most expensive tech acquisitions in history that could have repercussions across the video game industry, per the AP . The notice that the deal has gone through came seven hours after Microsoft got final...

Exxon Deal 'Ties Its Future to Fossil Fuels"

Energy giant buys Pioneer Natural in $59.5B deal

(Newser) - Almost no one has more places to drill in West Texas than Pioneer Natural Resources—which means almost no one will have more places to drill in West Texas than Exxon Mobil. The energy giant on Wednesday announced it would buy Pioneer in an all-stock deal worth just shy of...

Twinkies Maker Hostess Sells in $5.6B Deal
An Iconic Snack-Maker Sells

An Iconic Snack-Maker Sells

JM Smucker picks up a new acquisition, Twinkies maker Hostess, for $5.6B

(Newser) - Hostess, the maker of snack classics like Twinkies and HoHos, is being sold to JM Smucker in a deal worth about $5.6 billion, reports the AP . Smucker, which makes everything from coffee to peanut butter and jelly, will pay $34.25 per share in cash and stock, and it...

After 58 Years, Founding Families Sell Subway

Chain is being sold to private equity firm Roark Capital

(Newser) - Subway said Thursday it will be sold to Roark Capital, a private equity firm with expertise in restaurant management that could help the sandwich chain expand and improve its stores. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Atlanta-based Roark was offering...

Campbell Soup Is Making a $2.7B Buy
Campbell Soup
Just Made a Big Buy

Campbell Soup Just Made a Big Buy

Venerated soup-maker is picking up Sovos, the maker of Rao's pasta sauces, for $2.7B

(Newser) - Campbell Soup is set to buy Sovos Brands, the maker of Rao's pasta sauces. The two companies said in an announcement that they had entered an agreement for Campbell to acquire Sovos for $23 per share in cash—reflecting a total value of about $2.7 billion, the AP...

Microsoft's $69B Activision Deal Gets a Breather

Deadline to close acquisition with game maker is extended until Oct. 18

(Newser) - The deadline for Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard has been extended as the companies seek to close a deal that has been vexed by US regulators, as well as by UK's Competition and Markets Authority. Microsoft believes that pushing back the deadline to...

Judge Rejects FTC Move to Halt $69B Microsoft-Activision Deal

With clock ticking to get the deal closed, court hands Microsoft a major victory

(Newser) - A federal judge has handed Microsoft a major victory by declining to block its looming $69 billion takeover of video game company Activision Blizzard. US District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said in a ruling that the Federal Trade Commission "has not shown a likelihood it will prevail on its...

Rival's Parent Swoops In to Save Jenny Craig

Nutrisystem owner Wellful has acquired bankrupt company, will rebrand it

(Newser) - Just a couple of months ago, it seemed like the death knell had sounded for Jenny Craig, the weight loss giant that declared bankruptcy and announced it was shuttering after four decades in the industry. But in recent weeks, the Jenny Craig website shared some "big news," just...

Golf May Never Be the Same After Stunning Merger
PGA Chief's About-Face
Came in Secret Meeting
the rundown

PGA Chief's About-Face Came in Secret Meeting

Jay Monahan once reviled the Saudi LIV tour, but he then agreed to a stunning merger

(Newser) - A lot of words are being thrown around to describe what happened in the world of golf on Tuesday: Shocking, stunning, hypocritical (from the critics), to name a few. One thing clear, though, is that "Tuesday was unlike any other [day] in golf history," writes Brendan Quinn at...

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