Oil stocks added to list of takeover targets

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Key points

  • Higher M&A activity is expected as companies take advantage of lower funding costs and boost growth through acquisitions.
  • Santos and AWE have been added to the portfolio.
  • NRW Holdings and Tiger have been cut.

 

There are two schools of thought on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2015. The first is that company boards are unlikely to approve widespread M&A activity because global demand remains sluggish and economic, political and regulatory risks are rising. The smarter play may well be returning capital to shareholders to boost yield as interest rates fall.

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