SunEdison-Vivint, Staples-Office Depot Lead List Of Large M&A Spreads
According to the latest spreads by Sin Letter, there are currently some huge M&A arbitrage opportunities in the market. However, the bigger the spread, the bigger the risk, and a large spread is often an indication of market skepticism that the deal will ultimately go through.
The largest spread in the market today is the 208 percent spread in the price of Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VLSR), which had agreed to a buyout at $15.25 by Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) that was expected to close by the end of March.
Clearly the massive spread indicates that the market has its doubts about the deal’s completion.
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The only other deal on the list originally expected to close as soon as the end of March is the acquisition of Cleco Corporation (NYSE: CNL) by Macquarie Infrastricture and Real Assets and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.
With the spread for the deal currently sitting at 21.1 percent, the market doesn’t seem to have much faith in this deal as well.
In addition to the Vivint/Sunedison deal, Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE: ETE)'s potential buyout of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB), Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS)'s potential buyout of Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ: ODP), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)'s potential acquisition of Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) and Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM)’s potential deal for CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) round out the top five largest M&A spreads in the market today.
Disclosure: the author is long Halliburton.
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