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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Manufacturing continues to expand in Massachusetts

January’s Federal Reserve “Beige book” highlighted some encouraging developments in our local economy. Manufacturing activity grew at a moderate pace in the Boston area, as well as in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, according to the report. Other studies indicate that overall employment in Massachusetts continues to improve, and is expected to reach nearly 3.5 […]

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The $360 billion revenue question

The way you recognize you company’s revenues is about to change. In particular, the way companies recognize revenue for licenses and long-term contracts, including the those traditionally measured under a “percentage-of-completion” method, will be affected by changes FASB has planned to make effective January 1, 2017.  The total amount of deferred revenue on the books […]

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

$100 billion of M&A in a day

“Merger Madness” was the headline this Monday as $100 billion in deals were announced.  Halliburton (acquiring Baker Hughes) and Actavis (acquiring Allergan) shared the spotlight. These two big deals are just the latest in an already strong year for M&A.  The total value for acquisitions of U.S. companies stood at $1.354 trillion before Monday’s news, up […]

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Three perspectives on M&A value: what you pay, what you get, and what you give.

Warren Buffett is fond of quoting Ben Graham’s adage: price is what you pay; value is what you get.   Mr. Buffett is a renowned investor and acquirer of companies, but what does this adage mean when it comes to selling?  For the seller, price is what you get. What do you give? In M&A, […]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Over $150 Billion – Record Levels of Healthcare M&A

US M&A levels are up across the board. According to Thomson Reuters, 2,777 deals representing $476 billion in value have been announced so far this year (up 78% from the same period last year), with $153.5 billion coming from healthcare. Approximately 71% of that volume is in the pharmaceutical sector, followed by health care equipment […]

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MA and NH lead in economic growth

According to an index of economic activity generated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, All six New England states posted economic growth for the three months ended March 31, 2010. Massachusetts and New Hampshire were among just four states with growth in excess of 1.0% for the period.