4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories For a Thursday Appraisal

The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX): Current price $21.08

The private-equity investor Blackstone Group the and shopping center owner DDR Corp. are purchasing seven shopping centers from Regency Centers for over $300 million, according to inside sources, who could not at the time say which of the 348 locations in which Regency holds stakes were involved in the transaction, but they did know that the deal is valued at between $300 million to $400 million, and should close by the end of April. DDr is based in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, and owns interests in 454 centers; in December, the firm bought the Carolina Pavilion shopping center in Charlotte from Blackstone for $106 million.

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MetroPCS Communications (NYSE:PCS): Current price $11.52

Deutsche Telekom plans to offer a sweetened bid as soon as early Thursday for MetroPCS Communications, which the German telecom intends to merge with its T-Mobile USA division, said a knowledgeable source, who elaborated that the new terms will impose less debt on the unified entity, and have lower interest rates on the loan than the previous offer. A fresh offer would come two days before MetroPCS shareholders are set to meet to vote on the original terms. Under the merger plan, Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS would unify the fourth- and fifth-largest United States wireless carriers, helping them rival the  market leaders Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T).

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT): Current price $39.69

The new Chief Executive Stefan Borgas of Israel Chemicals has warned that Israel’s phosphate reserves are drying up and asked the government to grant the firm licenses to mine at a new site in the southern Negev desert. At a ceremony marking 20 years of trade in shares of ICL, which is a takeover target for Potash Corporation, Borgas said that the fertiliser producer’s phosphate activities at Rotem, in the Negev, are among the highest-cost operations in the world, and “to become competitive, we must reduce operating costs and increase volume significantly.”

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Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK): Current price $73.29

Duke Energy’s commercial business division Duke Energy Renewables, on Wednesday reported it has bought two commercial solar power projects near Twentynine Palms, California, from project developer SolarWorld, which is the biggest domestic solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The twin projects, Highlander Solar 1 and 2, are in close proximity and will be managed as a single operation. It will collectively generate 21 megawatts of renewable energy, sufficient to power more than 4,000 average homes yearly.

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