Warren Buffett has long been known as a man with extraordinary foresight when it comes to the stock market and making profitable investments. Those in Maryland who follow Buffett's dealings may already know that he recently decided to make a large investment by purchasing Duracell -- a leading battery manufacturer and distributor. Following an increasing trend, Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, is acquiring the company through a deal that involves a purchase price comprised primarily of stock in Procter & Gamble, which is the company from which Buffett is buying the battery company.
Many types of business transactions require a certain amount of capital. Some require large amounts of funds in order to complete. A business merger between large financial corporations is definitely one of these cases in which a large investment of capital will be necessary. This is part of the reason why National Penn Bancshares, which has one location in Maryland, has initiated a $100 million public offering.
Many large holding companies throughout Maryland diversify their business and acquire a variety of businesses within their portfolio. By operating in this manner, they are able to engage in a variety of endeavors and add to their overall bottom line. Sometimes, however, a part of the portfolio does not meet expectations and can cause problems within the overall company. At other times, the holding company can simply become overextended and find that they would be better served by selling a business to continue to operate in a responsible manner.
Companies throughout Maryland often find that the fastest way to grow and obtain market share is through expansion. This expansion can take place by either creating new locations or through buying a business that currently exists in the market. New locations generally mean additional customers and greater profits for the company. Buying a business can often add these additional customers and profits in the shortest amount of time.
Maryland's malls and shopping centers are filled with a variety of stores catering to a wide array of consumers. Some stores target the young, urban teenager while others target the chic executive. Oftentimes, retailers are in competition for the same business. Recently, Men's Wearhouse expanded by buying a business well-known to many retail consumers.
One national medical group has announced the acquisition of a local anesthesiology group. As the business surrounding healthcare shifts, the Maryland based anesthesiologists look forward to the opportunity to focus more on their patients and less on the business side of healthcare. Although it is a large investment, MEDNAX is moving forward with the acquisition.
Earlier this year, a merger between American Airlines and US Airways was announced. The announcement was big news in a lot of ways -- but none more so than the fact that the newly-formed, post-merger company would be the largest airline in the world. The deal was reportedly well into the billions of dollars, and billions more are sure to change hands in the coming years as a result of the merger.