4 Merger and Acquisitions Stories for Interested Investors

Priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ:PCLN): Current price $655.73

On Tuesday, Federal Trade Commission okayed Priceline’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Kayak Software Corporation (KYAK) which was first announced in November. The latter offers a website, along with and mobile applications to assist consumers in comparing prices for airlines, hotels and rental cars. Kayak went public in July with shares priced at $26.

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Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK): Current price $36.23

Autodesk finalizes its purchase of the privately-held German software firm PI-VR, in a transaction for which terms were not disclosed. PI-VR specializes in sophisticated real time visualization tech used mostly in the automotive industry; the company’s  cutting-edge visualization solutions should strengthen and enhance Autodesk’s expertise in and offerings for high-end automotive visualization.

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Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG): Current price $95.46

Shire will purchase the privately-held biotech firm Lotus Tissue Repair, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lotus is presently  developing the first and only protein replacement therapy currently being examined for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa which is a devastating orphan disease for which there is no approved treatment option other than palliative care. Shire will purchase the firm for an upfront payment and certain contingent payments based on the achievement of particular safety and development milestones.

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Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE:CMLP): Current price $23.31

Crestwood Midsteam reported Tuesday it has acquired the remaining 65 percent interest in Crestwood Marcellus Midstream  from Crestwood Holdings Partners, at a price of $258 million. The transaction should be 7 to 8 percent accretive to the firm’s 2013 distributable cash flow on a fully diluted basis, and was funded with $129 million of cash drawn on Crestwood’s current revolving credit facility, along with roughly 6.2 million new Crestwood Class D units that were issued to Crestwood Holdings.

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