4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories For a Tuesday Appraisal

The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX): Current price $23.70

The specialty chemicals producer Rockwood Holdings’ pigments units have enticed offers from buyout firms that include Blackstone Group and Advent International Corp, according to some knowledgeable sources, who also said that the auction for the assets, in which Apollo Global Management, Bain Capital, Golden Gate Capital and Rhone Group are also involved, is presently in its second round, with meetings with management going forward.

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Warner Chilcott (NASDAQ:WCRX): Current price $20.55

The analyst Aaron Gal at Bernstein wrote in a note Tuesday morning suggesting that Warner Chilcott’s “willingness” for an all-share transaction might provoke other suitors to have a go at a possible bid. Gal also cited benefits from tax synergies, and that Mylan could potentially offer Warner Chilcott $22 per share. At the present time, the Actavis (NYSE:ACT) offer is at $20.08 per share.

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BlackRock (NYSE:BLK): Current price $291.27

The asset manager will acquire the private-equity property investment advisory firm MGPA at an unreported price, so as to expand its real-estate business in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe. Currently, MGPA manages roughly $12 billion, concentrating upon real estate funds management, co-investments, and separate-account mandates for institutional investors, according to a Tuesday BlackRock statement. The transaction should close in the third quarter and is not expected to materially affect BlackRock’s earnings per share, according to the company.

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SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ:SDBT): Current price $4.96

On Tuesday, Genesys said that it will acquire SoundBite at a price of $5 per share, with an aggregate value of around $100.4 million. SoundBite provides cloud-based proactive collections, payments, and mobile marketing applications, alongside proactive customer service solutions to enterprises. The transaction will be accomplished via a cash tender offer, to be followed by a second step merger. The closing of the transaction should take place early in the third quarter. Genesys is  a provider of customer engagement and contact center solutions.

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