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Case Code : FINC080 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
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Themes: Merger and Acquisition / Share Exchange Ratio

Case Length : 27 Pages
Period : 2009-2011
Pub. Date : 2012
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Glencore International AG and Xstrata Plc.
Industry : Metal and mining industry
Countries : Switzerland, US and Global


The US$ 90 billion merger of Glencore, one of the world's largest diversified physical commodities traders, with Xstrata, a major player in the metals and mining industry, was expected to create a powerhouse in the mining industry.

The merger between these two could also reshape the competitive landscape in a majorly oligopolistic metals and mining industry.

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  • Analyze the dynamics of the merger between Glencore and Xstrata
  • Determine the merger synergies between Glencore and Xstrata
  • Understand the industry dynamics of metals and mining industry
  • Analyze the affect of the merger on the industry competiveness

  • The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • What was the relationship shared by Glencore and Xstrata before the merger?
  • What were the merger synergies between Glencore and Xstrata?
  • What are the drivers of the metals and mining industry?
  • Discuss Michel Porter's five forces analyses on metals and mining industry?
  • In what way will the Glencore and Xstrata merger be a game changer in the metals and mining industry?
  • What does the combined entity of Glencore and Xstrata mean to the industry and what should be the objective of the combined entity to gain a competitive position in the industry?
  • Contents:

      Page No.
    Introduction 1
    Background Note 2
    Industry 9
    Glencore and Xstrata: Likely Position after Merger 10
    The Synergies 11
    Road Ahead 13
    Exhibits 14


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