The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the Day After PepsiCo’s SodaStream Acquisition
On Monday, soft drink giant PepsiCo announced it is acquiring at-home carbonation products maker company SodaStream for $3.2 billion, meaning that the dually listed company’s days on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange are numbered
Yet, just a little under three years later, SodaStream will delist once its acquisition by multinational soft drink company PepsiCo Inc., announced Monday, is finalized. This leaves the Tel Aviv Exchange in want of Israeli companies, just days after the regulatory approval of its acquisition by a group of foreign investors led by New York-based hedge fund Manikay Partners LLC.
Since the beginning of 2018, over 15 companies delisted from TASE, a relatively low number, especially compared to 2013-2014 when 124 companies delisted. This number includes Nasdaq-listed chipmaker Mellanox Technologies Ltd., whose CEO Eyal Waldman decided to cancel its dual listing due to disagreements with local institutional investors concerning his role in the company.
On Monday, Anat Guetta, the chairwoman of the ISA, commented on the sale of the exchange, stating that the move “allows the exchange to chart a new course as a competitive and advanced business.”