Tag Archives: M&A — mergers and acquisitions

Quindell in talks over possible sale of division

Quindell is exploring the sale of parts of its business, as the UK insurance claim processor attempts to focus on generating cash.

The company has been a target for short sellers that have raised doubts about its business model and have pointed specifically to cash flow as an issue. Quindell said on Friday it had “entered into exclusivity arrangements with a third party in respect of the possible disposal of an operating division of the group”.

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It declined to give details on what part of the company was up for sale, but its main operating divisions include professional services, which contains the main insurance claims business, and digital solutions, which develops products such as telematics for cars that report on vehicle performance.

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Datalogix is important element of Oracle’s acquisition strategy

On December 22, 2014, Oracle (ORCL) announced the acquisition of Datalogix, a provider of digital marketing data as a service (or DaaS). Datalogix connects offline consumer spending data with digital marketing efforts with the goal of tracking advertising, its influence on consumers, and the resultant returns.

Datalogix has more than 650 customers and 1,500 data partners that track $2 trillion in consumer spending. Advertisers and digital media publishers such as Lenovo, Google (GOOG), (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Ahold, Kraft (KRFT), and Ford use Datalogix to enhance their media presence. The company provides purchase-based targeting that leads to more revenue generation.

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Oracle’s strategic acquisitions in marketing cloud space

According to Yahoo Finance, strategic acquisition extends public cloud portfolio

As explored earlier in this series, Oracle (ORCL) acquired Datalogix with the goal of strengthening its presence in the digital marketing space. Oracle’s dominance in the database market enables it to successfully market its IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS products.

Through the Datalogix acquisition, Oracle aims to extend its public cloud strategy to combine IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and Data as a service (or DaaS) on a common cloud. In the past, Oracle made strategic acquisitions in the marketing cloud space to strengthen its presence in the cloud space.

BlueKai expands Oracle’s digital market suite

In early 2014, Oracle acquired BlueKai, a cloud-based marketing provider, to boost its digital portfolio as shown below. BlueKai’s Data Management Platform centrally organizes a company’s customer and audience data in the cloud to help implement personalized marketing campaigns across all channels. The Datalogix deal complements Oracle’s acquisition of BlueKai and strengthens its digital marketing suite.

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M&A time — Discount’s top retailer but Monro’s buying spree rolls on

What took center stage in the tire retailing arena in the past year? That would have to be M&A — mergers and acquisitions — with more than 100 retail stores changing hands in more than a dozen transactions.

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. continued as the king of M&A, adding 61 stores in the past year through five acquisitions, moving into Florida and Michigan for the first time.

Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack added 19 locations but lost its top executive, Mike O’Dell, who resigned Sept. 26 as the firm fell into the red in the first half of its current fiscal year. The Philadelphia-based auto service, tires and parts retailer named John Sweetwood, a director since 2002, to replace him as interim CEO.

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