Last Week Onkyo, Now Sound United Reorganizes in Wake of Failed Acquisition Deal

For a few weeks now, I’ve been chasing a rumor that both sides of the failed Sound United acquisition of Onkyo’s branded A/V business were in the throes of a major reorganization. The rumors, it seems, were true – starting … Continue reading

Onkyo to Slash Overall Company Headcount by 30%, Cutting Management by 50%

Also: Consolidating Facilities & Moving Headquarters It appears that the other shoe is dropping in the wake of the failed acquisition of Onkyo Corporation’s branded A/V division by Sound United last month, as the company now says it will reduce … Continue reading

Private Equity Giant Apollo Global Management Acquires Tech Data in $5.4B Buyout

Tech Data, one of the largest technology distributors in the U.S. and globally, has been acquired by Apollo Global Management, a private equity powerhouse, in a deal valued at $5.4 billion. The deal announced today, is expected to close by … Continue reading

The Curious Case of the Disappearance of Classé

BREAKING NEWS Acquired by Sound United Two Years Ago, Then Gone It was January 2018 when I reported that Sound United had completed its acquisition of Classé, an acquisition which had been first announced in December of 2017. In the … Continue reading

LG Smokes Q3 Forecast for Record Financial Results

LG Electronics Inc. is on a roll, as evidenced by their fiscal third quarter results. The company says it has set an all-time record for third quarter revenues while at the same time booking their best quarterly profit in a … Continue reading

Sharp & Foxconn Stiff Korean Factory Equipment Suppliers on Money Owed

Korean media is reporting that Sharp, the former Japanese powerhouse brand now owned by Taiwan’s Foxconn, is late on approximately tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars worth of payments to Korean factory gear makers. Not only are they … Continue reading

Nortek Figures Prominently, If Not Always Positively, in Melrose Industries’ 1st Half Fiscal Results

Melrose Industries PLC, a U.K. based investment group that purchased Nortek, Inc. back in 2016, released their fiscal 2019 first half financial results last month (for the period ending June 30, 2019). And while the results showed strong sales growth … Continue reading

With Loss of Two Potential Buyers, Onkyo’s Future is a Question Mark

As you most likely know by now, Onkyo Corp. and Sound United have called off their transaction which would have transferred ownership of the 73-year old Onkyo brand, as well as the Integra, Pioneer, and Pioneer Elite brands to Sound … Continue reading