4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories for a Monday Appraisal

Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO): Current price $21.80

Statoil will divest its minority interests in the Gullfaks and Gudrun fields offshore Norway, and at the same time exit the non-core, non-operated Schiehallion and Rosebank fields, West of the Shetlands. Together with the cash consideration of $2.65 billion, the transaction with the Austrian oil and gas firm OMV includes a contingent payment and involves a partnership between the two parties.

Though the terms, Statoil reduces its ownership position in Gullfaks from 70 to 51 percent, and from 75 to 51 percent in Gudrun, keeping its operatorships on both fields. Statoil anticipates a gain from the transaction estimated to be between $1.3 and $1.5 billion, adjusted for activity between the effective date January 1, 2013 and the closing date.

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ): Current price $51.58

The medical device firm said Monday that it has purchased Endosense SA, a Switzerland-based company that has been a pioneer in contact-force measurement in catheter ablation. The acquisition adds to St. Jude’s electrophysiology portfolio and affords a robust platform for future product development. The company has made an initial payment of around $170 million, acquiring all of the outstanding equity of Endosense. The terms also provide for an additional cash payment of as much as $161 million USD, which is contingent upon both the achievement and timing of a regulatory milestone.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK): Current price $35.52

Autodesk is presently enlarging its portfolio of tech for building information modeling for infrastructure following the completion of the purchase of certain technology assets from two software firms based in the United Kingdom. Autodesk has bought tech including Sam, which is a suite of software modules for loading, analysis and design of small and medium span bridges from Bestech Systems Ltd.

From Savoy Computing Services Ltd, Autodesk has purchased tech including AutoTrack, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking areas and roundabouts. Financials of the transactions were not reported.

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C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR): Current price $112.65

On Monday, C.R. Bard announced that it will acquire the privately-held Medafor, Inc., which develops and provides plant-based hemostatic agents at the price of $200 million paid at the close, which should occur later in 2013 and future contingent payments of as much as an additional $80 million, based upon specific revenue-based milestones through June 30, 2015. This agreement is structured as a merger and has been okayed by both firm boards and must be approved by Medafor shareholders and the usual regulatory review.

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