Some useful variables in the M&A module of ThomsonOne

These variables can be hard to find in the M&A module of ThomsonOne.

  • Purpose
    What is the reason for the transaction? Examples are ‘Expand presence in new geographical regions’ or ‘Sell a loss making/bankrupt operation’. If you want to use this item as a search criterion, use the Item Search and search with ‘Purpose’.
    If you want to add this variable to your report, search behind Search Criteria with ‘Purpose’. We advise you to add all three variables (Purpose Code, Purpose Code Description and Purpose Text).
  • Attitude
    Was the deal friendly, hostile  or neutral?
    If you want to use this item as a search criterion, you can find the item ‘Deal Attitude’ under Deal Info.
    If you want to add this variable to your report, search behind Search Criteria with ‘Attitude’.
  • Seller
    Who is the seller of a minority interest? You can find for example name, cusip, nation, industry etc.
    If you want to use one of these items as a search criterion, use the Item Search and seach with ‘Seller’.
    If you want to add one of these variables to your report, search behind Search Criteria with ‘Seller’.
  • Cross border
    If you add this criterion/variable, please note the definition used by Thomson: Cross Border Transaction Flag: Yes/No flag set to ‘Y’ when the target company (or assets being sold) in the deal is not located in the same country as the acquiror ultimate parent.
    This means that in some cases, you’ll have to use the output to decide whether a deal was cross-border according to your definition – the Excel function IF can be very useful for this task.
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