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ACCT 501 (Harris): M&A Project: Selecting a Deal

Resources to help you find information and analyze M&A deals for your course project

Selection Considerations

When selecting a deal, first consider the stage of the deal

  • Pending/announced
  • Completed
  • Terminated

Other factors to consider:

  • Public deals will have more information available than private ones.
  • Larger deals will likely have more information available, including more news and analysts' coverage.
  • Date--you need post-deal financials to evaluate.

Finding Recent Deals

You can use some of our databases with remote access to begin looking for deals on your own. See guidance below for searching

ThomsonONE

**Must use Internet Explorer for Thomson ONE to work properly**

In Thomson ONE, select Market Views in the left column. Under NEWS, select “Significant Developments.”

In the top box, designate the time period and use the TOPIC drop-down box to select “Mergers & Acquisitions.”

Factiva

Beginning in the Search screen in Factiva, expand the blue arrow by Subject. In the search box by SUBJECT, begin typing the word mergers until a drop-down menu appears. There will be a blue arrow next to the word "Mergers."

Click on the arrow (not on the word). You will know you selected it correctly if you see the text ns=cmerg appear in the Free Text Search box at the top. [Alternatively, you can just type this in the search box.]

Next click on SEARCH and a results screen will appear with news on mergers.

PrivCo

From the default screen in PrivCo, select PRIVATE M&A DEALS in the top bar.

In the following screen, you can set your criteria by location, industry, deal size, or date.

[Note: There is also a list of the most recent private company M&A deals at the bottom of the screen.]