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June 22, 2018

Rumor: PF | CAG

Pinnacle Foods and Conagra are again in discussions for a merger. We tracked Conagra executives arriving in Morristown, NJ from Chicago on two planes on June 12th and they have been to the area 6 times in the past several weeks.

Conagra’s flight frequency to the area is similar to its behaviour in May 2017, when Conagra approached Pinnacle Foods with a takeover offer.

June 18, 2018

Insight: BA

Boeing executives were in Bangalore on Friday to announce the expansion of the firm’s Engineering and Technology Center – accommodating another 1,000 employees to drive aerospace innovation.

Although Boeing executives are global jet-setters (pardon the pun), rarely do they touch down in India. Our Corporate Aviation Intelligence data tracked Boeing executives arriving in Bangalore on the 14th – days ahead of the announcement.

June 7, 2018

Confirmed: JNJ | FTV

Washington-based industrial giant Fortive has agreed to pay US$2.7b for Johnson & Johnson’s sterilization products business, as reported yesterday.

On May 8th, Fortive executives flew from their headquarters in Everett, Washington to Teterboro, New Jersey to meet with Johnson & Johnson executives. There was a second flight to Teterboro on June 1st.

May 31, 2018

Insight: Allergan Plc

Drugmaker Allergan Plc (AGN) said it plans to sell two of its smaller businesses, the women’s health and infectious disease units. We looked at all the potential suitors in our CAI flight data over recent weeks to see if any executives have flown to Dublin for the purposes of a meeting with Allergan management.

Mylan (MYL) flew from their HQ in Canonsburg, PA to Dublin on May 25th, while pharma giant Pfizer (PFE) followed suit, flying 2 jets from White Plains, NY on the 28th.

May 30, 2018

Confirmed: PII | Boat Holdings LLC

Minneapolis based Polaris Industries has signed an agreement to purchase Boat Holdings LLC for US$805m.

Polaris’ management had taken 4 flights to meet with Boat Holding’s executives on May 17, May 8, April 26 and March 29 prior to the announcement of the deal.

May 23, 2018

Confirmed: KR | HomeChef

Today Kroger announced that they would acquire Home Chef, a private meal kit company, for US$700m.

Kroger executives flew from Cincinnati to Chicago, on Feb 21, confirming that discussions were already underway when rumours of the deal came out on April 6th. Kroger flew multiple time again to Chicago following the rumour and the most recent flight was on May 22nd to finalize the transaction.

May 16, 2018

Confirmed: SBUX

After tracking Nestle private jets flying into Seattle, WA to finalize their partnership with Starbucks (as detailed on May 7), we tracked Starbucks’ private jet leaving its HQ and flying to Shanghai on May 14th to kickoff its international strategy.

Our Corporate Aviation Data accurately tracks Starbucks’ movements, which consistently line up with significant corporate events.

May 16, 2018

Confirmed: Appaloosa Management | Carolina Panthers

Appaloosa Management president David Tepper has reached a deal to buy NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the team announced today.

CAI data shows two Appaloosa owned jets landing near the Panthers HQ in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both jets departed on May 9th from Appaloosa Management’s main areas of operation; Miami Beach and New Jersey.

Quandl’s Corporate Aviation Data covers 3,100 private companies, including those like Tepper’s Appaloosa, allowing you to track deals that others might miss.

May 9, 2018

Rumor: 7201.JP

On April 29th we spotted Nissan Motor Co. fly from Paris (HQ of its parent Renault) to Houston, TX. Notably, Nissan has flown to Nevada (1x), California (5x), New Jersey (3x), Washington (1x) and South Carolina (1x) within the past six months. This is in line with the Japanese firm’s plans to expand its manufacturing operations in the United States.

May 7, 2018

Confirmed: NESN | SBUX

Swiss company, Nestle SA signed an agreement to sell Starbucks products globally. We tracked Nestle private jets flying from its US headquarters to Seattle, WA on May 6th to finalize the partnership.

April 30, 2018

Confirmed: MPC | ANDV

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it would acquire pipeline and refining company Andeavor for USD 23.3 billion, a deal that would create the largest US fuel maker. We found Marathon jets flying from its own headquarters in Ohio to Andeavor’s San Antonio, Texas headquarters on two separate occasions in the last three months. The flights were on February 12th and most recently March 25th.

April 25, 2018

Confirmed: CMCSA | SKY

Comcast announced on April 25, 2018 a USD 30.68 billion bid for UK broadcaster Sky plc. We tracked Comcast’s private jet flying from its headquarters in Philadelphia to Sky’s headquarters in London on March 20, 2018.

April 18, 2018

Confirmed: EMR | TXT

Textron Inc. announced on April 18, 2018 that it would sell its tools and test equipment business to Emerson Electric Co. for USD 810 million. CAI data shows that Emerson executives flew from Cleveland, Ohio to North Kingstown, Rhode Island (near Textron headquarters) on March 8.

April 16, 2018

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Rumor: Lumenis

Tel Aviv-based Lumenis is courting acquirers. Data shows a potential acquirer flying direct to Tel Aviv this month.

Rumor: AMZN | Flipkart

UPDATE (05/09): Though Amazon reportedly made a bid for Flipkart, the Indian e-commerce company has accepted Walmart’s offer for USD 16 billion instead. We tracked Walmart flying to India in January.

Amazon is rumored to bid for Flipkart, but so are others. Data shows multiple prospects flying to India within an appropriate timeframe.

March 26, 2018

Confirmed: CI | EXPR

Cigna Corporation announced the purchase of Express Scripts for USD $67 billion on March 8, 2018. Executives flew from HQ to HQ (Hartford, CT to St. Louis, MO) in Q4 2017.

March 18, 2018

Confirmed: KEURIG | DPS

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. agreed in late January to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. in a deal valued at USD 18.7 billion.

Supporting corporate travel included the fully owned Keurig Cessna departing HQ in Bedford, Mass on 11/20/17 and flying to Dallas.

MARCH 12, 2018

Confirmed: TGT | KR

We have seen exactly zero flights by the Target jet to Kroger HQ in Cincinnati, Ohio, since the Shipt acquisition was announced on December 13, 2017. This is in contrast to quarters 3 and 4, 2017, when the Gulfstream made regular visits to the Buckeye state.

Does this put to rest the rumor of an acquisition between Target and Kroger? Our take: the visits were oriented around Target’s then-pending acquisition of Shipt, a long-time Kroger partner. Nothing more, nothing less.

MARCH 10, 2018

Confirmed: WRK.N | KS.N

Packaging company WestRock Co agreed to buy smaller rival KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp for about USD 3.5 billion in late January.

Our data indicates visits from WestRock HQ in Marieta, GA to Vernon Hills, IL one week before the acquisition was announced.

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