Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Monday June 16, 2014
The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Monday June 16, 2014:
Level 3 to Buy tw telecom for $40.86/Share
Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) and tw telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC) confirmed Monday that they have entered into an agreement, whereby Level 3 will acquire TW Telecom in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40.86 per share based on market close as of June 13, 2014. TW Telecom stockholders will receive $10 cash and 0.7 shares of Level 3 common stock for each share of TW Telecom common stock that is owned at closing.
The deal, which was rumored last week, is expected to close in Q4 of 2014.
tw telecom shares closed Monday at $38.99. a gain of more than 7%, while Level 3 lost 4%, to close at $42.30.
Hillshire Brands Withdraws Recommendation of Pending Pinnacle Merger
Hillshire Brands (NYSE: HSH) officially announced Monday, that its board of directors has voted to withdraw its recommendation of the pending acquisition of Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF). The pending $63.00 per share all-cash proposal from Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) is dependent upon the termination of the Pinnacle deal, and Hillshire's board is recommending a vote against the Pinnacle Foods transaction.
Tyson acknowledged the Hillshire announcement, and stated that Pinnacle Foods may now immediately terminate this agreement and accept a $163 million termination fee, or it may insist Hillshire hold a shareholder meeting to vote on the Pinnacle transaction. Tyson hopes Pinnacle Foods will accept the termination fee.
Hillshire Brands closed Monday at $61.97, a gain of $0.15. Tyson Foods lost $0.28 to close at $35.15 and Pinnacle Foods gained $0.30, to close at $33.34.
SanDisk to Acquire Fusion-io for $11.25/Share in Cash
SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) announced Monday, an agreement to acquire Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) for $11.25 per share in cash, for a transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion. The deal expected close in Q3 of SanDisk's FY 2014.
Fusion-io closed Monday at $11.36, a gain of 22%, while SandDisk gained 3.5% to close at $102.00.
GTECH Confirms Talks with International Game Technology
Itay's GTECH (OTC: GTKYY) announced Monday, that it is engaged in preliminary, exploratory discussions with International Game Technology, (IGT: NYSE) and has hired advisors to assist it in exploring a potential deal.
IGT confirmed Monday, that its Board of Directors and senior management are currently engaged in exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale. No decision has been made regarding any particular alternative, and the company does not intend to discuss or disclose developments "until the Board has approved a definitive course of action."
International Game Technology closed Monday at $15.64, a loss of $0.22.
Nuance Reportedly in Talks with Samsung, PE Firms
Shares of Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) spiked higher Monday, triggering a circuit-breaker halt, on a report from Dow Jones that the company has held talks with Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) and PE firms regarding a potential sale. Carl Icahn is Nuance's biggest shareholder, with a 19% stake as of March 31, and has two members on Nuance's board.
A spokesperson for Nuance declined comment on the rumor.
Nuance Communications closed Monday at $18.76, a gain of almost 10%.
Shire Hires Citigroup as Advisor for Possible Sale
Shares of Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG) spiked higher Monday, on a report from Reuters that the Irish biopharmaceutical company had hired Citigroup as an advisor to handle a potential sale.
Shire has previously been approached for a potential deal by Allergan (NYSE: AGN), while Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), Abbvie (NYSE: ABBV), Gilead (NASDAQ: GILD) and Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) are also said to be candidates.
Shire closed Monday at $47.18, a gain of $0.33.
Kindred Begins All-Cash Tender Offer to Buy All Shares of Gentiva at $14.50/Share
The Tender Offer::
Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) announced Monday that it will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV), beginning Tuesday, for $14.50 per share in cash, together with the associated preferred share purchase rights.
Gentiva rejected Kindred's previous offer of $14.00 per share on May 15, saying it significantly undervalues the company. Gentiva adopted a shareholder rights plan or "poison pill" on May 23. It urged shareholders to take no action on this latest offer until the Board reviews the proposal and makes its recommendation.
Gentiva closed Monday at $12.99, a gain of $0.10, while Kindred gained almost 1%, to close at $25.74.
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