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April 21, 2011

The year has started well for family-controlled businesses in Europe, with many reporting strong growth in the first quarter of 2011.

The year has started well for family-controlled businesses in Europe, with many reporting strong growth in the first quarter of 2011.

French family-controlled luxury goods company LVMH, headed by Bernard Arnault, said in a statement that its revenues for the first quarter of the year rose by 17% to €5.2 billion, when compared to the same period last year.

January 12, 2011

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

The breweries acquired include two holding companies of the Nigerian-based Sona Group, giving Heineken access to Sona, IBBI, Benue, Life and Champion breweries. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Heineken also said that it would consider the possibility of consolidating the acquired breweries into its existing business in Nigeria, but gave no timetable.  

August 26, 2010

Stock buybacks have returned to prominence of late, but what are the reasons for family businesses to go down this avenue? Darrell Delamaide invesigates

After last year's dramatic decline, stock buybacks have surged in 2010 as companies bank on the fact that their stock is a good investment. It is also a way to return money to shareholders, because it juices earnings per share by reducing the denominator, which, all other things being equal, will then lift the share price. At the very least it can prevent dilution when shares are distributed for stock options or other purposes and it is this aspect of stock buybacks that is particularly important in family-controlled companies.

August 26, 2010

Marc Smith analyses the trends

Just a few years ago they were analogous to the gluttonous charicatures in a Hogarth painting, but M&A deals have been on the equivalent of a corporate Atkins diet of late.

The biggest deal this year involves a family-controlled Indian business in the telecommunications sector with a price tag of $11 billion.

In sharp contrast, when we last covered the family business M&A story in the summer of 2007, the largest deal was a joint $96 billion bid for ABN Amro by the Botin family-controlled Santander group in partnership with RBS and Fortis.

August 25, 2010

The M&A market has been transformed over the last few years as the mega deals of the boom years have given way to more modest strategic transactions. Here are the year's largest M&A deals involving family firms

01 $11 billion Reliance Infratel's merger with GTL Infrastructure

August 25, 2010

Heineken NV, the family-owned brewer, announced a higher than expected rise in first half net profits on 25 August despite a decrease in beer volume sales.

Heineken NV, the family-owned brewer, announced a higher than expected rise in first half net profits on 25 August despite a decrease in beer volume sales.

The world's third-largest brewer said net profits had increased 17% to €621 million compared with the first half of 2009, but it saw been volume sales fall by 2.3%. According to Heineken, the increase in profits is due to strong growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America, successful cost cutting measures and the integration of Mexican beer business FEMSA.

April 21, 2010

In sharp contrast to last year, it is no secret that the first quarter of 2010 has seen an increase in merger and acquisition activity, writes Katie Barker

In sharp contrast to last year, it is no secret that the first quarter of 2010 has seen an increase in merger and acquisition activity, writes Katie Barker. 

January 11, 2010

Heineken NV announced today it is to acquire beer company Femsa in an all share transaction that values the Mexico-based company at €3.8 billion.

Heineken NV announced today it is to acquire beer company Femsa in an all share transaction that values the Mexico-based company at €3.8 billion. The deal gives family-owned Heineken access to Latin America and consolidates the company's position as the world's second-largest brewer by revenue.
 

October 23, 2008

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was joined by King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain yesterday to toast the opening of Heineken’s newest brewery – the most modern and technologically advanced in Europe.

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was joined by King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain yesterday to toast the opening of Heineken’s newest brewery – the most modern and technologically advanced in Europe.
 
The Heineken heiress and her husband, Michel de Carvalho, who also attended, are both members of the supervisory board and have an estimated wealth of €4.6 billion.
 
The King was said to be very impressed with the new brewery, nicknamed “Jumbo”, because of its scale and size, as he greeted the workers and uncovered a plaque commemorating his visit.
 

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