Richard Collings

Richard Collings is the senior writer for consumer products and retail, focusing mostly on M&A. Prior to joining The Deal, Richard was a reporter for Mergermarket, where he covered apparel, footwear, retail and personal care, as well as mergers and private equity. Richard was also an associate editor for Investment Management Weekly, a publication of then Thomson Media, where he wrote about money management, following public retirement funds and their money managers.

Recent Articles By The Author

Retail Group Chico's May Be a Target for Activist Investors

Retail Group Chico's May Be a Target for Activist Investors

Women's clothing retailer Chico's may soon find itself in the cross-hairs of an activist campaign.

Activitists Add to Shopping Lists Thanks to Market's Selloff

Activitists Add to Shopping Lists Thanks to Market's Selloff

Hedge funds are eyeing targets as a decline in valuations has made some targets relative bargains.

Supermarket Chain Ingles Could Be a Target for Kroger, PE, Activists

Supermarket Chain Ingles Could Be a Target for Kroger, PE, Activists

The Southeastern grocer Ingles is ripe for consolidation and is priced to move.

Asahi to Buy Beer Brands Peroni and Grolsch With $2.9B Offer

Asahi to Buy Beer Brands Peroni and Grolsch With $2.9B Offer

Asahi Group won an auction for SABMiller's Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime beer brands, after making an offer worth $2.87 billion.

Why Nordstrom Is an Enticing Bargain for Activist Investors

Why Nordstrom Is an Enticing Bargain for Activist Investors

The family-run company, like other retailers, has been hit by declining sales at malls. However, it has lots of assets an activist investor can push to sell.

Alere's Stock Spikes Following News of Its Impending Buy by Abbott

Alere's Stock Spikes Following News of Its Impending Buy by Abbott

Shares of Alere soared on Monday on word that Abbott Labs would acquire the company in a deal valued at $7.9 billion.

Dick's Seen Winning Race as Sports Authority Stumbles

Dick's Seen Winning Race as Sports Authority Stumbles

The decline of one retailer often proves a boon for rivals.

Smith & Wesson to Diversify Beyond Guns With Acquisitions

Smith & Wesson to Diversify Beyond Guns With Acquisitions

Smith & Wesson is looking to diversify, the company announced on Tuesday during an investor presentation at an industry trade show in Las Vegas.

Smith & Wesson Hunts for Acquisitions

Smith & Wesson Hunts for Acquisitions

Iconic gun maker Smith & Wesson doesn't lack for opportunities to diversify, possibly into the outdoor equipment market.

Warm Weather Puts Damper on Retailers' Holiday Sales

Warm Weather Puts Damper on Retailers' Holiday Sales

Bizarre weather patterns during November and December may have added to retailers' woes.