Welcome to the Macy's Real Estate Parade issue of M&A Daily.
Activist investor Starboard supports the recent actions by Macy's (NYSE:M) to maximize shareholder value. Its view (and mine) is that the JV structures that Macy's is actively exploring could be the best way to unlock its significant real estate value. Starboard's plan is for two JVs, one for its hundreds of mall locations and another for landmark locations such as Harold Square. If the activists are right, Macy's shares are worth about $70 per share or almost twice today's market price. For an additional bargain, Macy's gift cards are available for double-digit discounts.
Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) agreed to acquire Baxalta (BXLT) in a cash and stock deal valued at about $32 billion. BXLT holders get $18 in cash and 0.1482 SHPG per share.
Shire expects over half a billion dollars per year in cost synergies within the first three years of the combined company. Baxter (NYSE:BAX) supports the deal after it became confident that it preserves the tax-free nature of the BXLT spin-off. The deal will close mid-2016. The $4.00 net arbitrage spread offers a 21% annual return if the deal closes on schedule. For background on this deal:
- 1st Deal For 2016: Baxalta Or Media General?
- Shire Sweetening The Pot
- More Barbarians At The Gate
- Baxalta - A Rare Opportunity In Rare Diseases
Thermo Fisher (NYSE:TMO) agreed to acquire Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX) in an all-cash deal valued at about $1.3 billion. AFFX holders get $14 per share in cash. The deal will probably close in the second quarter.
AFFX CEO Frank Witney continues to be extremely successful at M&A. He has sold several businesses for substantial premiums. At 61 years old, he may have other successful CEO gigs ahead. Thank you, Frank.
The $0.44 net arbitrage spread offers a 29% annual return if the deal closes next month.
Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) is looking to hire an investment bank to advise on strategic alternatives. One alternative worth considering is a real estate sale-leaseback for its 413 owned stores.
Meiji Yasuda and StanCorp (NYSE:SFG) received approval from the Oregon DOI as of January 6th.
Airgas (ARG) filed an amended preliminary proxy for its acquisition by Air Liquide (OTCPK:AIQUY).
The Apollo (NASDAQ:APOL) board decided to explore strategic alternatives.
Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) is reconsidering a sale of its core operations. Bidders could include Verizon (NYSE:VZ) or AT&T (NYSE:T). Yahoo's management will update the market with its plans within the next two weeks. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily...
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