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How to preserve culture as a company grows

Companies in California and throughout the country may tout their culture as one of their strengths. Corporate executives and others may also point to a company's culture as a reason for why it hasn't performed well. Even if an organization has a strong set of core values, those values could be tested during a merger or acquisition. Ideally, the CEO will step up and establish what he or she wants the business to be known for.

Companies expand their customer base with acquisitions

Many business owners in California are looking for ways to grow their companies or expand their reach to new markets. Acquisitions are some of the most important ways for companies to expand as they can acquire entirely new sets of customers or markets from those who have already built a reputation or experience in a particular area. Some of the most successful large companies were built by acquiring and integrating smaller firms to make a new, comprehensive whole.

Broadcasting giant acquires regional sports channels

Sports fans in California and across the country are often particularly fond of their local teams. This is one reason why Fox Sports has run 21 regional networks across the country. Now, Sinclair Broadcast Group has completed the acquisition of the stations from the Walt Disney Co. The purchase of the regional sports channels marks the single largest acquisition in the history of Sinclair, the massive broadcasting company. The company is the largest single owner and operator of local TV stations across the country under a variety of banners. The purchase was announced in May 2019 but was closed in August after the Department of Justice granted its approval to the transaction.

Government tries to block $360 million merger

California residents may have heard about a proposed merger between Sabre Corporation and Farelogix, Inc. The proposed deal would be worth $360 million, but the Department of Justice has moved to block the transaction. It claims that Sabre Corporation is attempting to buy out a rival that is attempting to disrupt the travel technology space. If the deal were allowed to go through, it could hamper competition in that industry to the detriment of customers and airlines alike.

Rent-A-Center completes the acquisition of Merchants Preferred

Rent-to-own showrooms packed with furniture, electronics and appliances are a common sight in California and around the country, and a great many of them are operated by Rent-A-Center Inc. The Texas-based retailer has 2,972 locations in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, but it has struggled to establish a similarly dominating presence in the growing virtual rent-to-own sector. Any qualms stockholders may have had were put to rest in July when Rent-A-Center announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Merchants Preferred, and recent media reports reveal that the deal has now been completed.

Gannett and New Media announce $1.38 billion newspaper merger

California investors who follow the media and communications sectors may be aware that two of the nation's most prominent newspaper publishers have announced merger plans. New York-based New Media Investment Group and Virginia-based Gannett made their plans public in an Aug. 5 press release. The deal is reported to be worth in the region of $1.38 billion.

How companies can successfully acquire other organizations

When a CEO in California decides to acquire another business, the acquisition needs to have some sort of strategic value. While a vast majority of mergers don't work out, those that do can result in significant returns for shareholders. Therefore, it is important to have a vision as to why the acquisition is taking place and which businesses are worth trying to buy or merge with. It generally isn't enough that a merger gives an organization the ability to scale or access new markets.

Sprint and T-Mobile merger faces hurdles despite DOJ approval

Investors in California and around the country who follow developments in the technology sector will likely know that tT-Mobile and the Kansas-based Sprint Corporation have been involved in merger talks since April 2018. The proposed deal seemed destined to fail due to regulatory concerns about rising prices, but the U.S. Department of Justice changed its position and approved the merger on July 26 after the satellite television company DISH Network entered the picture.

CBS and Viacom inch toward merger deal

California viewers may soon have more entertainment choices if a proposed merger between CBS and media company Viacom becomes a reality. The two companies have reportedly set a date to ink a deal, which may be completed by the end of 2019. There has already been widespread speculation about this anticipated merger for more than a year.

Major health care companies announce merger

Two health care companies that serve patients in California and across the country have announced plans to merge. Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health signed a letter of intent for a planned $11 billion merger. If the plans are completed, the resulting company would be one of the top 15 not-for-profit health care companies across the country. The combined entity would own 76 hospitals in 26 states and nine different countries. It would also employ 2,600 doctors and 83,000 total staff. In a statement, the CEO of Sanford Health said that both companies were already successful and wanted to build on their records.

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