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Deals Digest: Top 5 Acquisitions, Mergers and Fundings of the Fortnight

Posted by Devayani Bapat

March 3, 2024

Learn about the deals shaking up the global market.

Mergers, acquisitions, and funding barometer the ever-evolving business landscape. They constantly reshape and potentially redefine businesses, industries, and the global stock market.

If you’re a part of the biz world, staying on top of the M&A news is essential. Here, we’ve curated and analyzed some of the biggest deals that have taken place in the last two weeks to bring you a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the corporate world. Whether you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, investor, or simply an enthusiast intrigued by the dynamics of business maneuvering, read on to learn about all the exciting deals and strategic moves shaping the future of business.

Welcome to metaverse: Disney invests $1.5 billion in Epic Games

“This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games and offers significant opportunities for growth and expansion,” announced Bob Iger, Disney CEO. 

Fortnite lovers, we’re sure you’ve already heard about this one, and it’s by far one of the most exciting collaborations we’ve seen come to life in gaming. Disney’s $1.5 billion investment in Epic Games marks a significant milestone in its foray into gaming.

The partnership between the entertainment beast and the creators of Fortnite heralds the creation of an expansive entertainment metaverse. Through this collaboration, the two companies aim to give their players a multi-faceted experience where they can immerse themselves in playing, watching, shopping, and engaging with some excellent content. This strategic move highlights Disney’s commitment to leveraging the booming gaming market while capitalizing on the universal appeal of its iconic intellectual properties. With a focus on innovation and user engagement, the collaboration between Disney and Epic Games is poised to redefine the boundaries of interactive entertainment, captivating audiences across the globe.

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The Oil Tycoons: Diamondback Energy announces its acquisition of Endeavour Energy Partners

In a historic deal valued at $26 billion, Diamondback Energy announced its acquisition of Endeavor Energy Partners, surpassing ConocoPhillips in a competitive race to become America’s most sought-after private oil producers. This strategic move positions Diamondback Energy as a critical player in the region and has also resulted in a hike in share value by 10% after the announcement. It solidifies its standing as the third-largest oil and gas producer, and the acquisition helps put into perspective Diamondback’s commitment to expanding its footprint in one of the most prominent oil-producing regions globally. By integrating Endeavor’s assets and expertise, Diamondback anticipates significant synergies and operational efficiencies, thereby lending it an essential competitive edge in the market that highlights its strategic approach to capitalize on growth in the market. 

It’s all for the show: RedBird IMI acquires All3Media  in a £1.15 billion deal.

RedBird IMI acquires London-based All3Media, a prolific TV and film production company, for £1.15 billion. This deal marks a critical shift in the entertainment industry. The agreement sees RedBird IMI acquiring All3Media from its previous joint owners, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. and Liberty Global Ltd. This acquisition adds globally loved titles like Squid Game and Gogglebox to RedBird IMI’s portfolio and positions the company as a significant player in the global media landscape. All3Media’s varied content and award-winning shows will boost RedBird IMI’s portfolio while helping it capitalize on the growing demand for premium content across various platforms. It’s going to be exciting to see how this M&A plays out.

A Starry Funding: Starship Technologies secures a $90 million funding from Plural & Iconic

Starship Technologies is a leading robotics startup specializing in last-mile and on-demand delivery solutions. They recently closed a whopping $90 million funding round. Funded by 24 investors, this most recent investment was co-led by Plural and Iconical, showcasing investor confidence in Starship’s innovative approach and growth potential. 

Based in San Francisco, Starship’s cutting-edge delivery robots cater to diverse industries, including food and groceries, offering efficient and sustainable delivery solutions. With a remarkable operational capacity of 18 hours on a single charge, these robots are what the future of tech is all about. This latest funding round has helped to secure their position in this tech-driven market further, showcasing the massive potential for growth and adoption in the times to come.

Health is wealth: Gilead Sciences invests $4.3 billion in CymaBay Therapeutics

Gilead Sciences is a renowned biopharmaceutical company that recently announced its acquisition of CymaBay Therapeutics for a staggering $4.3 billion. This strategic move comes with the will to expand Gilead’s robust liver portfolio, aligning seamlessly with its mission of delivering groundbreaking medicines to patients. 

CymaBay’s flagship product, seladelpar, is at the core of this acquisition, which contributes toward treating primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and associated pruritus. Integrating seladelpar into Gilead’s portfolio enhances its therapeutic offerings. It helps highlight the company’s commitment to addressing unmet medical needs in the liver disease space. With a keen focus on innovation and patient-centric care, Gilead continues to position itself as a leader in the biopharmaceutical industry in an attempt to redefine patient care and outcomes.

The last word:

In the last two weeks, a lot has happened in the global business landscape, from game-changing funding to innovative partnerships. These deals not only showcase the current state of the market but also hint at where we’re headed in the future. Each agreement underscores businesses’ strategic moves to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive environment.

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As the ground for growth keeps changing, stay tuned for our next Deals Digest, where we will continue to bring you a quick excerpt from some of the most noteworthy deals shaping industries across the globe.

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Devayani Bapat
Devayani Bapat

With 6 years of experience in copywriting and social media management across genres, Devayani's heart lies with weaving words into stories and visuals into carefully crafted narratives that’ll keep you wanting more. She carries with her, her pocket notebook, a trusted confidante that goes with her wherever she goes, and scribbles down into it anecdotes on the go. Her secret weapon for keeping all things copy interesting! Apart from writing, Devayani is huge on travelling. You'll find her booking her next adventure while she's on her current one. And while on those adventures, you'll find her devouring true crime books one after the other. Whether it's a low down on a recent case or one that occurred 70 years ago, she can cook up a story narration you'll never forget.

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