Exhaustive reviews, impossible public interest standards and no guarantee of eventual success: That’s the consensus outlook for mergers and acquisitions activity under the Biden Administration. Nonetheless, utility M&A is alive and well.
What’s a well-run fiber broadband network worth these days?
Not even rock-solid business resilience to Covid-19 fallout has been enough to swing US electric utilities from laggards to leaders this year. But another wave of mergers and acquisitions just might do the trick.
If you own shares of Conservative Holding Brookfield Renewable Partners (TSX: BEP-U, NYSE: BEP), you’ll soon notice they currently trade in the low 40s, versus a low 50s price just a few days ago. Don’t despair. The price change is the result of a uniquely structured 5-to-4 stock split. The overall value of your Brookfield position has not changed.
Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX) and Sunrun Inc (NSDQ: RUN) are weathering industry challenges far better than most rivals, positioning them on the leading edge of a building wave of energy mergers and acquisitions.
After a robust decade and a half following 1996 deregulation, large US telecom M&A had virtually evaporated. The exception: T-Mobile US’ (NSDQ: TMUS) merger with Sprint, which closed April 1, 2020.
I’ve personally owned Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) since it was Philadelphia Suburban. And thanks to the wealth-compounding power of dividend reinvestment, my Aqua shares are worth almost 14 times what I initially put in.
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