Goldman Plans To Dominate M&A In 2016

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Summary

Goldman dominated M&A in 2015 and plan to again in 2016.

Why did StW recommend ChipMOS?

News Corp is not buying Twitter. No one is buying Twitter.

Welcome to Bonus Season issue of M&A Daily.

Goldman Sachs

2015 deal volume was up over 40% to $4.7 trillion. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) dominated deal advisory for this strong M&A market last year and expects to do so again this year. In the fourth quarter, investment banking made up over 20% of the bank's revenue, up from 15% a few years before. Fourth quarter investment banking revenue was up 27% to $879 million. For such a strong year in M&A, most bankers seem unimpressed with their bonuses for last year. Despite the widespread disappointment, many were multiples of the $345,000 average Goldman bonus.

ChipMOS

ChipMOS (NASDAQ:IMOS) holders get $19.77 in cash and stock per share in its acquisition by its parent company. The deal consideration is comprised of $3.71 in cash and 0.9355 American Depository Shares representing 18.71 shares of ChipMOS Taiwan.

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This idea was first on Sifting the World in August: A Cheap (If Hairy) Stock In A Pricey Market. Thank you, Dane Capital for this terrific idea. For his latest on IMOS, please check out ChipMOS Shareholders Should Be Rewarded... Finally.

Twitter

Will News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) buy Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) as rumored yesterday?

In under 140 characters: no. They are not buying a single share and are unlikely to do so in the future.

35 to spare. News Corp joins the company of Google (GOOG/GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) as rumored Twitter buyers. Twitter was a heavily promoted, faddish IPO and still has a long way to go before it would make a good buy in part or whole.

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(That being said, please follow me on Twitter here.)

Dyax

The Dyax (NASDAQ:DYAX) shareholder vote is today for the company's acquisition by Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG). To learn more about this opportunity, please see Investing With An Edge: Dyax Corp.

Constant Contact

The Constant Contact (NASDAQ:CTCT) shareholder vote is today for the acquisition by Endurance International (NASDAQ:EIGI). The buyer begins debt syndication today. Committments are due February 3. For background, please check out Investing With An Edge: Constant Contact.

Fairchild

ON (NASDAQ:ON) extended its tender offer for Fairchild (NYSE:FCS) for $20.00 per share in cash. The offer expires at midnight on February 3rd.

Progressive Waste

The definitive merger agreement was filed for the Waste Connections (NYSE:WCN) acquisition of Progressive Waste (BIN).

National Penn

The BB&T (NYSE:BBT) and National Penn (NASDAQ:NPBC) merger will close on or about April 1st.

Schlumberger

The South African Competition Commission approved the Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) acquisition of Cameron (NYSE:CAM). Schlumberger reports fourth quarter results today.

Wausau

Wausau (NYSE:WPP) holders voted to approve their merger. The deal closes today.

TECO

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the acquisition of TECO (NYSE:TE). Remaining approvals include CFIUS, New Mexican Public Regulation Commission, and HSR.

American Residential

The notice of effectiveness of the S-4 has been filed for the American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH) acquisition of American Residential (NYSE:ARPI).

COM DEV

The COM DEV (OTCPK:CDVIF) shareholder vote is today at 10 am ET for its acquisition by Honeywell (NYSE:HON).

BioMed

The BioMed (NYSE:BMR) shareholder vote is today at noon ET for the company's acquisition by Blackstone (NYSE:BX).

First Niagara

KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) reported in-line fourth-quarter results. They are making progress on the acquisition of First Niagara (NASDAQ:FNFG).

Cablevision

The New York Public Service Commission extended the commitment deadline from February 5th to February 19th for the Altice (OTCPK:ATCEY) acquisition of Cablevision (NYSE:CVC).

Synaptics

Will Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) get bought for around $110 per share by a Chinese investment group next month? Answers in future editions of M&A Daily

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Disclosure: I am/we are long IMOS, FCS, DYAX, CTCT, CVC, SYNA.

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