In Q1 and Q2 several billion dollar acquisitions happened, totaling up to $656 B. What could you buy for $656 B? We decided to compile this data and make it easier for you to see how each industry spent its money. Click on each one to find out more about each acquisition and each company’s Funding & Acquisition History. Here is our infographic on the largest acquisitions of 2014’s Q1 and Q2.
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Update 10/06: Last week the European Union approved Facebook’s (FB) acquisition of WhatsApp, and the deal finally processed. Due to the rising price of Facebook shares, however, the deal actually pushed through at a higher price than originally reported. WhatsApp earned an additional $3B, raising the overall acquisition price to ~$22B.
The price increase is due to a variation in Facebook stock since the announcement of the deal in February. The terms of the acquisition stated that Facebook would pay $4.59B in cash and 178M in Facebook shares for WhatsApp. Additionally, WhatsApp employees were awarded 46M in preferred stock that would vest of a 4-year period. Given the stock has appreciated ~$16/share since the original deal terms were drafted, the overall acquisition price has jumped to $21.8B. We’ve updated the infographic to reflect the changes.
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AT&T | DirecTV | Comcast | Time Warner Cable | Medtronic | Covidien | Actavis | Forest Laboratories | Numericable | Societe Francaise du Radiotelephone | Facebook | WhatsApp | General Electric | Alstom | Suntory Holdings | Beam, Inc. | Novartis | GlaxoSmithKline | Bayer | Merck & Co, Inc.