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Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Monday Aug 3, 2015


The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Monday August 3, 2015:

EXOR to Acquire PartnerRe for $6.9B

The Deal:
EXOR S.p.A. (OTC: EXOSF) announced Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe (NYSE: PRE) for $137.50 per share in cash plus a $3.00 per share special dividend, for a total consideration of $140.50 per share. The deal is valued at approximately $6.9 billion.

The deal is expected to close no later than Q1 of 2016.

PartnerRe closed at $139.20 on Monday, up more than 2%.

Shire Acquires Privately Held Foresight Biotherapeutics

The Deal:
Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) announced Monday that it has privately held Foresight Biotherapeutics Inc. for $300 million. As part of the deal, Shire acquires the global rights to FST-100 , a therapy in late-stage development for the treatment of infectious conjunctivitis, or pink eye.

Shire closed at $268.08 Monday, a gain of $1.27.

BASF Reportedly Lines Up Financing for Syngenta Bid

The Rumor:
Shares of Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) spiked higher Monday, on a report from Reuters, that BASF (OTC: BASFY) has financing in place for a potential takeover offer of the Swiss agribusiness company, according to sources. Those sources say BASF may wait for Monsanto to make a new offer.

Syngenta has rejected a $45 billion bid from Monsanto twice; the first time in May and the second time in June. The second offer included a $2-billion reverse break-up fee.

BASF and Syngenta declined comment on the rumor.

Syngenta closed at $83.59 Monday, a gain of 1.5%.

EMC May Acquire Remaining VMWare Stake

The Rumor:
Shares of VMWare (NYSE: VMW) surged higher Monday, following a report from re/code, that EMC (NYSE: EMC) could acquire the remaining shares it does not already own, rather than spinoff their existing stake. EMC has been pressured by investor Elliott Management to spinoff its 80% VMW stake.

VMWare closed Monday at $91.14, a gain of more than 2%.

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Receives 'Going Private' Offer of $8.75/Share in Cash

The Going Private Offer:
Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: GAI) announced Monday, that its Board of Directors has received an unsolicited preliminary non-binding proposal letter, dated August 1, 2015, from President and CEO John C.K. Sham and certain of his entities, to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of GAI not already beneficially owned or controlled by the acquirer for $8.75 in cash per share.

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Board of Directors will form a special committee to consider the proposal.

GAI closed Monday at $6.45, a gain of 115%.

Consortium of German Auto Manufacturers Acquire Nokia's HERE for $3.2B

The Deal:
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced Monday, an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to a consortium of German automotive companies, including AUDI AG (OTC: VLKAY), BMW Group and Daimler AG (OTC: DDAIF). The deal, which values HERE at $3.2 billion, is expected to close in Q1 of 2016.

Nokia closed Monday at $6.93, down $.12.

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