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

Bidders Begin to Circle Convenience Store Operator CST Brands

Bidders Begin to Circle Convenience Store Operator CST Brands

Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s Speedway LLC , Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Inc. are among those interested in a potential acquisition of CST Brands Inc.

J.Crew Tries New CFO on for Size as Turnaround Effort Continues

J.Crew Tries New CFO on for Size as Turnaround Effort Continues

A debt restructuring may be in the offing, with owners Leonard Green and TPG hoping to salvage their investment in the retailer.

$13.9 Billion Mega-Deal Persuades Keurig Green Mountain to Go Private

$13.9 Billion Mega-Deal Persuades Keurig Green Mountain to Go Private

A mega-offer for Keurig expands JAB Holding's presence in coffee and beverages. The deal also includes investments from Mondelez and others.

Music Festival Producer SFX Could Face Free-Fall Bankruptcy

Music Festival Producer SFX Could Face Free-Fall Bankruptcy

SFX Entertainment Inc. has expanded its strategic review to include debt restructuring options, but one hedge fund investor who follows the music festival producer expects a messy process.

Here Are the Apparel Retailers That May Have a Bad Holiday Season

Here Are the Apparel Retailers That May Have a Bad Holiday Season

Bloated inventories could turn the year's busiest shopping weeks into a nightmare for these retailers, which could lead to bankruptcy.

Fantasy Sports Regulations Could Put Startups on the Auction Block

Fantasy Sports Regulations Could Put Startups on the Auction Block

Opening statements from DraftKings, FanDuel and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman begin Wednesday on whether participation in 'daily fantasy sports' is gambling or a game of skill.

ConAgra's Split Creates Two Tasty Acquisition Targets

ConAgra's Split Creates Two Tasty Acquisition Targets

Companies with a hankering for Slim Jims or frozen potatoes will be able to satisfy their M&A cravings after ConAgra's split next year.

ConAgra to Split in Two in Victory for Activist Investors

ConAgra to Split in Two in Victory for Activist Investors

After selling its private label food unit, food giant ConAgra will split into two pure-play food businesses.

Constellation Brands Takes on Ballast, Buys Craft Brewer for $1B

Constellation Brands Takes on Ballast, Buys Craft Brewer for $1B

The winemaker expands its presence in beer with the deal, valuing Ballast Point Brewing at around nine times revenue.

J.C. Penney Debt Default Remains a Possibility

J.C. Penney Debt Default Remains a Possibility

Weak earnings and a high debt load indicate that a default remains a possibility at the retail chain.