3 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories to Check Out on Friday

Alamos Gold Inc. (NYSE:AGI): Current price $12.97

Alamos and Esperanza Resources Corp. have reached a definitive agreement that will allow Alamos to purchase the entirety of the issued and outstanding common shares of Esperanza via a court-approved plan. Esperanza is a precious metals exploration and development firm focused on promoting its principal property, the wholly-owned Esperanza gold project (formerly referred to as the Cerro Jumil gold project) in Morelos State, Mexico.

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KNOT Offshore Partners (NYSE:KNOP): Current price $24.15

On Friday, KNOT Offshore Partners said that its wholly owned subsidiary, KNOT Shuttle Tankers, will acquire Knutsen Shuttle Tankers 13 AS, which owns the shuttle tanker Carmen Knutsen, from Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers at a purchase price of $145 million, less roughly $89.1 million of existing bank debt, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The transaction should close on or before August 1, 2013, subject to the usual closing conditions.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN): Current price $113.7

Knowledgeable sources say that Roche Holding is searching out billions of dollars in financing for a potential takeover of Alexion, and that Roche has been in sporadic contact with Alexion for months. Alexion had a market value of approximately $20 billion before Friday, and has one approved drug: Soliris, which is used for the treatment of rare blood diseases. Such a takeover would be Roche’s biggest since it bought the portion of Genentech Inc. it did not already own for $46.8 billion four years ago, marking the biggest biotechnology deal on record, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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