There has been a lot of buzz around water cooler since RR Donnelley indicated its interest to acquire Quebecor World's Assets on May 14th.
I don't see anything stopping this deal from going through. There might be a few bumps along the way if a large book publisher or magazine publisher files a anti-trust complaint or the FTC takes issue as they did in 1990 with RR Donnelley's acquisition of Meredith Corporation. But I would be surprised if that stopped the deal. RR Donnelley would not create a monopoly within the printing industry by acquiring Quebecor World.
When the plan goes through we should expect to see Quebecor World equipment shifted around and plants closed. Unlike RR Donnelley, Quebecor World is not known for their research and development and investment in emerging technology. Many of the "assets" acquired will be obsolete to the new owner.
Frank Romano dedicated his weekly video column to address questions he has been receiving from the financial press. Here's what Frank has to say on this topic:
There are a lot of opinions on this deal, what's yours? Is this good or bad for the printing industry or for large publishers that rely on large printers?