Against a backdrop of an active mergers and acquisition scene in 2014, 10 companies stood out.
This group comprises our Most Admired Corporate Dealmakers for 2014. Winners were selected by The Deal's readers, who identified the top deal teams at U.S.-based companies based on transactions carried out during calendar 2013.
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That the consumer and retail categories continued to be important ingredients in the broader deal economy is no surprise, considering that consumer spending accounts for 70% of U.S. gross domestic product.
This year's winners within consumer and retail would never be accused of conspicuous consumption, however. They executed only select transactions.
Revlon Inc. (REV) , the winner for the consumer category, has made only a couple of acquisitions of note over the past couple of years. The beauty giant's latest was of Colomer Group Spain SL for $660 million in October 2013.
But that transaction gave New York-based Revlon a meaningful boost both in revenue and in new distribution channels,
For the nine months ended Sept. 30, Colomer increased revenue and segment profit at the beauty giant by about $385 million and nearly $89 million respectively. In the fourth quarter of calendar 2013 alone, Colomer added close to $117 million in sales, from the date of the acquisition on Oct. 9, 2013 until Dec. 31. That's a total of $502 million in revenue for the year ended Sept. 30, increasing Revlon's total business by about a third.
The acquisition has also expanded global distribution for Revlon, as more than 60% of Colomer's sales are from outside of the U.S., with key markets being Europe, Africa and the Middle East. And the deal reconstituted the Revlon brand, as Colomer was a licensee of the acquirer.
Adding Colomer was key to Revlon reconnecting with the professional channel, after a period spent focused on selling its products in mass market retailers.
By adding Colomer to its shopping cart, Revlon also expanded its portfolio of brands to include American Crew men's haircare products, as well as the Creative Nail professional nail polish business and the Shellac nail polish brand.
Those nail care businesses fit nicely with Revlon's 2012 acquisition of Pure Ice nail enamel and Bon Bons cosmetics from Bari Cosmetics Ltd., boosting the company's presence in the booming beauty category of nail care.