3 Merger & Acquisitions Stock Stories Making News on a Slow Day

BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY): Current price $9.79

A number of inside sources report Friday that BlackBerry is inching closer to the idea of going private as the company maker endeavors to revive its fortunes, while Chief Executive Thorsten Heins and the board are increasingly coming to the conclusion that taking BlackBerry private would afford them time to repair its problems out of public scrutiny. On Thursday, one source ventured that “there is a change of tone on the board.” However, other persons said that no deal is imminent and that BlackBerry has not begun any sort of sale process.

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NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD): Current price $6.65

On Friday, NII said it will divest some 2,790 towers in Brazil and 1,666 towers in Mexico to American Tower Corporation in two separate deals for aggregated estimated proceeds calculated upon current foreign currency exchange rates of $413 million and $398 million, respectively. Both Nextel Brazil and Nextel Mexico agreed to lease back the towers from American Tower for a minimum 12-year initial lease term and may extend the lease for additional renewal periods. NII International Telecom S.C.A, which is a subsidiary of NII based in Luxembourg, will supply certain credit support concerning the obligations of Nextel Brazil. NII provides differentiated mobile communication services operating through the Nextel brand in Latin America.

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Real Goods Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:RSOL): Current price $2.26

Real Goods Solar will purchase Mercury Energy, Inc. d/b/a Mercury Solar Systems in a merger agreement. The buyer will issue 7.9 million shares of its class A common stock, subject to certain adjustments based on closing working capital and the price of the class A common stock, as the consideration for the purchase of Mercury. The transaction is subject to being okayed by the shareholders of each of Real Goods Solar and Mercury. Real Goods Solar is a nationwide creator of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers.

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