Over the last week there have been several large corporate acquisitions made to buy other known companies. MGM, Seven & i, JAB and Twenty First Century Fox are the four companies that were involved in each of these big purchases.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) agreed to a deal to fully buyout premium entertainment network EPIX from Viacom and Lionsgate. MGM paid $1.03 billion dollars to buy out more than 80% of EPIX shares that Viacom and Lionsgate owned to take full control. With the deal MGM will now gain exclusive access to EPIX's paid TV content, a new stream of revenue, and they increased their ever-growing stake in the United Artists Media Group.

For EPIX this deal gives them stable ownership after the past few years of turbulence under their previous ownership.

Seven & i

Japanese retail group Seven & i Holdings Company, which is best known for operating the 7-Eleven international chain of convenience stores, also made a big purchase this week. They purchased around 1,100 petrol stations and convenience stores from Sunoco, the Texas-based petroleum manufacturer, for $3.3 billion. This purchase continues an aggressive streak for Seven & i, which has brought blocks of stores from local retailers in America and is opening more stores in Japan. This is the largest deal 7-Eleven has ever been involved in and the acquisition is expected to be finalized in August.


European investment fund JAB Holding Company is acquiring fast casual restaurant chain Panera Bread for $7.16 billion. JAB also agreed to take on Panera's $340 million in debt as part of the deal. Panera Bread, which operates around 2,000 stores, will become private in the deal. For JAB this is just their latest acquisition, as they have been quickly expanding in recent years by scooping up different brands like Krispy Kreme and Jimmy Choo.

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This week the European Commission (EC) cleared the takeover of the U.K. pay-TV group Sky by Twenty First Century Fox. The EC finally cleared the deal after concluding that the bid would not cause any competition concerns in European markets. This only leaves one last hurdle for Fox to overcome in its $14.5 billion deal for Sky.

An investigation by British regulators into the deal is still ongoing, with Fox and Sky both saying that they will keep on working with these regulators to attempt to complete the deal. This is the second attempt by the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox to try to take over Sky, with the previous one being in 2011.