11 M&A Stock Picks for 2013
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There may be large energy takeovers and a continuation of telecom, retail and health-care mergers and acquisitions this year, according to research firm Morningstar.
Morningstar, known for its mutual fund ratings, published on Tuesday a list of its top takeover targets for 2013, highlighting energy sector companies BG Group(BRGYY) and Chesapeake Energy(CHK) , in addition to retail giant Kohl's(KSS) , medical-products manufacturer Abiomed(ABMD) and Los Angeles-based lender City National(CYN) .
Morningstar analysts R.J. Hottovy and Bridget Freas said telecom company Leap Wireless(LEAP) , agricultural giant Mosiac(MOS) , gas driller Sandridge Energy(SD) , clothing retailer Guess (GES) , wireless provider NII Holdings(NIHD) and medical-contract research specialist Icon Plc(ICLR) could be taken out in 2013.
Heath-care provider Amerigroup(AGP) , which was taken over by WellPoint(WLP) in July 2012 for $4.9 billion, was Morningstar's top 2012 M&A prediction, in which it correctly forecast a consolidation of the managed-care industry in the wake of President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in June.
What is most notable about Morningstar's 2013 takeover picks is the forecast of mega energy deals amid struggles by some firms to manage cash flows as they drill for onshore and offshore oil and gas.
A prospective takeover of British oil and gas exploration and production giant BG Group would likely be the biggest post-crisis deal, and among the biggest ever in the energy industry. Currently, BG Group, which trades in London and on Pink Sheets in the U.S., has a market value of over $60 billion.