Finding information about merger and acquisition transactions is simplified by the availability of several M&A databases.
A particularly easy to use but powerful M&A database is available through Bloomberg.
Type MA <GO> to access.
The initial M&A screen gives an overview of merger activity, including lists of the largest deals by region or date, activity breakdowns by industry, and a brief League Table. Click the headings for greater detail.
To search for deals with specific characteristics, click on “Custom Search.”
In this example, we are searching for all M&A completed acquisitions by public U.S. companies.
From the search screen click on RESULTS to display the default spreadsheet variables, then click EDIT COLUMNS to add or modify the variables.
In our example, we modified the default options to include data about the acquirer’s stock price following the acquisition, and downloaded the results to EXCEL.