16 Stocks Making Big M&A News and Rumors This Week

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to this week’s top mergers and acquisition news:

Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD): Current price $28.82

Vodafone has announced its intention to purchase Kabel Deutschland in a cash transaction allowing the latter’s shareholders 87 euros per share, valuing the entire fully diluted ordinary share capital of the German cable giant at 7.7 billion euros. The acquisition will be carried out as a voluntary public tender offer by Vodafone’s wholly-owned subsidiary Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, for €84.50 per share in cash, plus the payment of a 2.50 euro dividend reported by Kabel Deutschland on February 20. The Management and Supervisory Boards intend to recommend that shareholders accept the Offer, and the members intend to accept the offer in respect of their entire beneficial shareholdings.

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IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE): Current price $177.76

On Monday, the operator of world markets and clearing houses was advised by the European Commission that ICE’s proposed purchase of NYSE Euronext has been approved unconditionally. The finalization of the transaction is still subject to final approval from the Euronext College of Regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission, along with other national financial regulators.

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Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC): Current price $62.08

It was announced Monday that HGST, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital, will acquire sTec, which is  an early innovator in enterprise solid-state drives, for about $340 million in cash, which works out to $6.85 per share. This marks around $207 million in enterprise value, less sTec’s cash as of March 31st. The transaction is expected to close in the third or fourth calendar quarter of 2013.

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 Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO): Current price $34.91

China Petrochemical Corp. has purchased a 10 percent interest in an oil and gas field in Angola from Marathon Oil Corp. at a price of $1.52 billion. The acquisition brings China Petrochemical’s stake in Block 31 to 15 percent, according to the parent of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. in an emailed statement on June 21st, which said that increasing its holding in the block, presently operated by BP, will add 14,600 barrels of oil per day for China Petrochemical. The deal is pending approval from the governments of China and Angola.

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China Mobile Limited (NYSE:CHL): Current price $51.94

Knowledgeable sources report that the Pakistan mobile operator Warid Telecom has been put on the block by its owners in Abu Dhabi and could entice interest from China Mobile and Etisalat. The Abu Dhabi Group, which is a conglomerate led by a ruling family member in the emirate, wants to divest the entirety of its shares in Warid Telecom, according to two of the sources, while a third source said that the company would also sell a smaller controlling interest.

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Cynosure (NASDAQ:CYNO): Current price $25.98

Cynosure on Tuesday reported the completion of its purchase of Palomar Medical Technologies, which was through a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $287 million. In the deal, Cynosure issued about 6 million shares and paid around $146 million in cash contributed by both Cynosure and Palomar. Cynosure produces laser- and light-based treatments for minimally invasive and non-invasive aesthetic applications.

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Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ:AEGN): Current price $22.51

On Tuesday, Aegion announced that it will buy the equity shares of Brinderson and related entities at a purchase price of $150 million, in a transaction that should close on or around July 1st. Brinderson is an integrated service provider of construction, maintenance, engineering, and turnaround activities for the upstream and downstream oil and gas markets.

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Demand Media (NYSE: DMD): Current price $5.93

Demand Media has purchased the digital marketplace powered by artists, Society6, with total consideration of about $94 million, comprised of $75 million in cash and approximately $19 million in common stock at close. The e-commerce marketplace allows artists to seamlessly upload and merchandise unique artwork and to sell an array of products like art prints, phone cases, home décor, and other merchandise. Society6 further broadens Demand Media’s content & media platform via its rapidly-growing e-commerce marketplace, which includes over 100 million product SKUs and a community of more than 300,000 members.

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New York Times Co. (NYSE:NYT): Current price $11.06

New York Times might well get a price for The Boston Globe – around one-tenth of what it paid in 1993, which would indicate the industry’s sharp slide over the past two decades. Knowledgeable sources say that the bids could come in the range of $100 million. Potential suitors include the former Globe President Rick Daniels and the former Time Inc. Chief Executive Jack Griffin, in partnership with the cousins Steven and Ben Taylor, whose family once owned the newspaper.

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Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK): Current price $46.51

On Thursday, the South African based Aspen Pharmacare said that it will purchase drugs and a factory from Merck in a $1 billion deal that reinforces its footprint in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Africa’s largest generic drugs manufacturer said that it would buy an active pharmaceutical ingredient unit located in the Netherlands, along with a portfolio of 11 drug brands from Merck. However, Aspen reported that the deal is subject to the approval of various competition authorities and the South African Reserve Bank.

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Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN): Current price $97.54

The planet’s biggest biotech firm, Amgen, is one of three remaining bidders for Biocad, a Russian biotech company that is attempting to copy some of the top-selling cancer medicines in the world, according to two inside sources, who added that Biocad could be valued at up to $1 billion. At the same time, a second person calculated its value at nearer $750 million. Pfizer is said by the sources to be one of the other bidders; both it and Amgen are developing so-called biosimilars, which are of course copies of branded biological drugs.

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The Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG): Current price $30.92

Hartford will divest its subsidiary, Hartford Life International Limited, in a cash transaction to the Berkshire Hathaway company Columbia Insurance Company for around $285 million. Upon the close, Hartford Life’s remaining asset will be its subsidiary, Hartford Life Limited, a company based in Dublin that sold variable annuities in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2009.

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US Airways Group (NYSE:LCC): Current price $16.41

Knowledgeable sources have told Reuters that the Justice Department is taking depositions as part of an inquiry into a proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways Group that would form the biggest airline on the planet. One source said that a potential impasse in discussions between the Department and the carriers is whether the airlines will agree to sell slots, take off and landing rights, and to reduce their dominance at Reagan National Airport.

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General Electric Company (NYSE:GE): Current price $23.24

GE wants to divest its CareCredit healthcare financing division, which is a unit within its huge GE capital financial arm, in a potential transaction that might be valued at roughly $2 billion, according to inside sources to Reuters on Friday. The company has hired Goldman Sachs Group to manage the sale process and has enticed buyout interest from some banks, along with at least one nonbank financial services firm, said the four sources, who want to remain anonymous.

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Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S): Current price $7.02

Inside sources say that American regulators do not intend to request either Sprint or Clearwire Corp to divest any spectrum as they close in on a vote on Sprint’s proposed takeover of Clearwire. The Federal Communications Commission is looking at Sprint’s proposed buyout of the shares that it does not already own in Clearwire in the same review process as the $21.6 billion offer from SoftBank Corp. to acquire 78 percent of Sprint. On Thursday, the FCC indicated that it was nearing a call on the deals, as acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn revealed that she has circulated a draft order recommending the approval of the deals to the FCC’s other two commissioners.

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Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT): Current price $33.00

On Friday, Westport announced that it has purchased BAF Technologies and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering, subsidiaries of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., for $25 million in Westport stock. Additionally, Westport and Clean Energy announced a $5 million joint marketing and sales program.

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