4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories Getting Attention On Monday

The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX): Current price $20.96

According to Sky News, the two private equity firms Blackstone and Lion Capital are working jointly to submit a formal bid for two soft drinks put on the block by GlaxoSmithKline, which is a FTSE-100 pharmaceuticals maker. Blackstone and Lion have recruited bankers at Rothschild to advise them on their bid. Back in 2005, the companies purchased the European beverages division of Cadbury-Schweppes, divesting it four years afterwards to t he Japanese food and drink producer Suntory, for about 1.5 billion pounds. Suntory is now one of the rival bidders to Blackstone and Lion in the current auction.

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Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC): Current price $11.35

On Monday, Ericsson said that it wants to acquire Red Bee Media, which is media services firm  headquartered in the United Kingdom, from an entity controlled by Macquarie Advanced Investment Partners. The potential purchase is subject to regulatory approval, and supports the buyer’s strategy to expand in the broadcast services market, and takes advantage of Red Bee’s tech and services leadership so as to help broadcasters and content owners address the convergence of video and mobility.

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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX): Current price $49.98

The provider of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems on Monday said that it has concluded its purchase of the privately-held IPtronics, which designs optical interconnect components for digital communications, for a cash purchase price of $47.5 million, which is subject to certain working capital and other adjustments. Resulting from the agreement, IPtronics will operate as a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Mellanox Technologies.

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CoreLogic(NYSE: CLGX): Current price $25.01

The residential property information, analytics and services supplier on Monday announced that it will buy Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, which provides residential and commercial property valuation solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry, the property data and analytics information firm DataQuick Information Systems, and the credit and flood services operations of DataQuick Lender Solutions, all from the Decision Insight Information Group. The acquisition price of the transaction is $661 million, and the transaction should close during the third quarter.

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