4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories For Midweek Appraisal

Diageo (NYSE:DEO): Current price $122.52

A knowledgeable source says that the United Kingdom alcohol major Diageo’s offer to purchase a 26-percent interest in the Indian brewer United Spirits has failed, but that this development will probably not derail Diageo’s intentions to buy the company, which is controlled by the billionaire Vijay Mallya. On April 10, Diageo had offered to buy roughly 38 million shares of United Spirits from existing shareholders, as part of a $2 billion arrangement it had made in November to acquire as much as 53.4 percent in the company. Mallya and related entities had consented to sell Diageo a 27.4-percent stake in United Spirits, in part from their own holdings and partly by issuing new shares. For its part, Diageo had proposed to purchase the remaining 26 percent from other shareholders, $26 per share.

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Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ:MSPD): Current price $2.72

On Tuesday, Mindspeed announced that it has retained Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor so as to assist the board in examining an array of strategic alternatives available to the firm. Mindspeed is a supplier of semiconductor solutions for communications infrastructure applications.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD): Current price $38.11

The corporation has purchased Rapid Product Development Group, which supplies on-demand additive and traditional manufacturing services. 3D Systems intends to integrate RPDG’s state-of-the-art capabilities into its growing Quickparts services without delay.

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CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF): Current price $183.93

CF Industries has closed on the purchase of all of the outstanding interests it did not already own in Canadian Fertilizers Limited, in a cash transaction of around C$910 million. The latter owns the number-one nitrogen fertilizer complex in Canada, located in Medicine Hat. This acquisition has increased CF Industries annual marketable nitrogen volume by roughly 425,000 gross tons of ammonia and 275,000 tons of urea. Before the close of the transactions, CFL’s results were included in CF Industries financial statements as a consolidated variable interest entity.

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