4 Merger and Acquisition Stock Stories To Draw Investor Interest

Dell (NASDAQ:DELL): Current price $13.43

On Tuesday, Dell signed a definitive merger agreement under which the company founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Del, in partnership with the world tech investment firm Silver Lake, will purchase the firm. Through the terms, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, in a transaction valued at about $24.4 billion. The price represents a bonus of 25 percent over Dell’s close of $10.88 on January 11th, which was the last trading day prior to rumors of a possible going-private transaction were first published. The deal also represents a premium of roughly 35 percent over Dell’s enterprise value as of January 11th; and a premium of around 37 percent over the average closing share price during the previous 90 calendar days ending on the same date. The board unanimously approved the transaction, with Michael Dell recusing himself from voting.

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AOL (NYSE:AOL): Current price $30.59

Sources to TechCrunch say that the consumer electronics review site gdgt is in late-stage acquisition negotiations with AOL, and that a deal for the latter to acquire gdgt could be ready in days. TechCrunch is already owned by AOL.

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ProPhase Labs (NASDAQ:PRPH): Current price $1.62

The Zicam products maker Matrixx Initiatives reported Tuesday that it is withdrawing its $1.60 per share-offer made in October to purchase all of the outstanding shares of ProPhase Labs.

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Praxair (NYSE:PX): Current price $110.83

The industrial gases firm Praxair will acquire the beverage carbonator NuCO2 from the private-equity company Aurora Capital Group at cash price of $1.1 billion, as the buyer follows its recent acquisitions series. NuCO2 aims at fast service restaurants and convenience stores, offering fountain beverages, and has 162,000 customer locations and a workforce of 900. The transaction should to be neutral or a slight plus to Praxair’s full-year per-share earnings, and is expected to close by the end of the first quarter.

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