4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories For Midweek Due Diligence

DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV): Current price $61.24

The satellite-TV firm has purchased LifeShield Home Security, which operates wireless home security systems. Home security nowadays is a favorite source of new revenue streams for pay-tv distributors, and DIRECTV is the most recent company in the sector to make such moves. The cable operators Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corp. have pushed into the home security sector. DIRECTV said that it will begin marketing LifeShield to customers in the first quarter of 2014. Financials of the acquisition were not reported.

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Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX): Current price $8.79

On Wednesday, Xerox announced that it is acquiring the digital education solutions supplier LearnSomething for an unreported amount. The e-learning specialist concentrates mostly on the food, drug, and healthcare industries, and delivers programs to 85 percent of all domestic retail pharmacy chains, while reaching over 110,000 retail pharmacists. LearnSomething’s tech permits pharmaceutical and packaged goods manufacturers to deliver instant messages regarding new and updated products to pharmacy and retail staff, which may then be relayed to consumers. The new entity will be known as “LearnSomething, a Xerox company,” upon the closing of the transaction.

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Conceptus (NASDAQ:CPTS): Current price $1.17

The Bayer Group has successfully finalized its tender offer for the outstanding shares of Conceptus. At the expiry of the offer period Tuesday night, 31,983,536 shares were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing roughly 96.4 percent of the currently outstanding shares, including 2,198,177 shares delivered through notices of guaranteed delivery, representing around 6.6 percent of the currently outstanding shares. As payment, Bayer has accepted all shares that were validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer and will promptly make payment for such shares.

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SAP (NYSE: SAP): Current price $74.82

SAP and hybris announced Wednesday that the former will purchase hybris, a quickly growing and widely recognized player in e-commerce tech. The acquisition will position SAP to provide the next-generation e-commerce platform, along with the choice of on-premise or cloud deployment. The combination of enterprise solutions from SAP with the omni-channel commerce solutions of hybris will supply enterprises with the improved data and tools needed through which to optimize margins and customer loyalty.

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