“What next?” More Huge Deals Predicted Before Close of 2015

Several significant deals have been completed across a range of industries this year prompting analysts to predict that there will be more big deals to come before the year is out.

Speculation comes following the completion of the largest-ever tech deal between the world’s third-biggest computer maker, Dell, and digital storage giant EMC this month. The $67bn acquisition will allow Dell to tap into a faster-growing market for managing and storing data.

According to industry publication TechTarget, the industry now views storage vendors in two categories: potential buyers and potential sellers. Western Digital announced its acquisition of flash memory storage solutions company, SanDisk this week, leaving the combined business well-positioned to capture growth and opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry.

Meanwhile, the airline industry remains in the brace position – anticipating a series of deals from big players following American Airlines’ merger with US Airways this year, the most recent and major M&A in the industry. This includes rumours of activity from Etihad Airways to acquire a 40% share in Air Seychelles. Further fuelling the expectations, British Airways-parent IAG SA is examining “potential opportunities” for its next acquisition after adding Ireland’s Aer Lingus Group Plc to its stable of airline brands, Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said.

Forecasters predict that major deals, including the examples above, will prompt a ripple effect in M&A activity as rival’s eye up similar dealmaking opportunities in order to stay abreast of the innovation of rivals.

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