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August M&A Roundup: Bouncing Back from July

M&A in August witnessed a flurry of M&A activity that marked a significant turnaround from the previous month. So far, 2023 has been a shaky year for M&A as businesses are concerned about the economy and interest rates of potential loans increasing. However, it seems that business owners are gaining confidence back in making deals. The month of August ushered in renewed energy in the M&A landscape following a relatively subdued July. Multiple sectors, including cybersecurity (40 deals), pharmaceuticals (12 deals), and beyond, experienced a notable surge in deal announcements.

M&A Industry Trends: A Broader Perspective

To gain a broader perspective on the M&A landscape, we turn to DFIN Solutions, offering invaluable insights into overarching trends. In August, a renewed sense of confidence and an appetite for strategic growth were prominent themes. Companies increasingly viewed M&A as a means to consolidate their market positions and harness synergies to drive profitability. The industry was characterized by a sense of optimism, with strategic imperatives shaping deal-making strategies.

Pace of Deals Increases

As reported by MDM, the pace of deals picked up again in August, following a relatively slow July. This resurgence underscores the dynamic nature of the M&A landscape, where market conditions and strategic imperatives can quickly shift. The industry demonstrated resilience, with companies adapting to changing circumstances to seize opportunities.

Highlighted Deals in August

Permian Resources Acquiring Earthstone Energy: Permian Resources will acquire Earthstone in a transaction entirely based on stock exchange, with an approximate total value of $4.5 billion, inclusive of Earthstone's existing net debt. Every share of Earthstone common stock will be exchanged for a fixed ratio of 1.446 shares of Permian Resources common stock. This strategic move serves to bolster Permian Resources' position in the Delaware Basin, solidifying its status as a leading independent Exploration and Production (E&P) company. The combined entity will encompass over 400,000 Permian net acres, boasting pro forma production of around 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d). Additionally, this acquisition is expected to enhance the company's free cash flow profile, ultimately translating into increased returns for its shareholders.

Regeneron Acquiring Decibel Therapeutics: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Decibel Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotech company dedicated to discovering and advancing innovative treatments for hearing and balance improvement, have jointly announced a definitive agreement. According to this agreement, Regeneron will acquire Decibel at a per-share price of $4.00 in cash at the closing of the deal. Additionally, an extra component of this agreement includes a non-tradeable contingent value right (CVR), which allows the potential for an additional cash payment of up to $3.50 per share contingent upon the achievement of specific clinical development and regulatory milestones for Decibel's primary investigational candidate, DB-OTO, within specified timeframes. The proposed acquisition values Decibel at an overall equity value of approximately $109 million based on the amount payable at the deal's closing. Furthermore, if the CVR milestones are successfully met, the total equity value could potentially reach up to approximately $213 million.

ForgeRock Merging with Ping Identity: The merger of these two entities is aimed at strengthening their ability to offer improved products and services while expanding their geographic reach to better serve their customers. Thoma Bravo's goal is to accelerate the delivery of digital identity solutions to enterprise employees, partners, and end-users. Notably, the announcement suggests that the Ping brand is expected to remain intact. This consolidation brings together two major players in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market, with a combined value of $5.1 billion. Thoma Bravo also holds ownership in other cybersecurity and digital identity companies, including Imprivata and SailPoint.

Tapestry Inc. Acquiring Capri Holdings Limited: Both Capri Holdings Limited, a worldwide luxury fashion firm that includes Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Michael Kors, and Tapestry, Inc., a business known for its iconic accessories and lifestyle brands including Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman, have announced a definitive agreement. In compliance with the terms of this Agreement, Capri Holdings will be acquired by Tapestry, and Capri Holdings stockholders will receive cash payments of $57.00 per share, for a combined enterprise value of roughly $8.5 billion. With the help of Tapestry's varied direct-to-consumer operating model and data-rich customer interaction platform, six globally recognized brands that are very complimentary are combined in this transaction. With operations in more than 75 countries and global annual sales exceeding $12 billion, the combined company had an adjusted operating profit of approximately $2 billion during the previous fiscal year.

August 2023 was marked by a resurgence of M&A activity that spanned diverse sectors. Confidence in strategic growth, regulatory considerations, and dynamic market conditions played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape. As we move forward, it will be intriguing to observe how these M&A developments continue to influence industries and pave the way for future innovations, collaborations, and industry transformations.

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