GE Nearing Transformation

| About: General Electric (GE)

Summary

GE Capital Interbanca about to change hands.

Axiall still dislikes potential deal; Halliburton still likes their deal.

2 new StW series: one on cash arbs and one on 13F scavenging.

Welcome to the New GE issue of M&A Daily

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General Electric

General Electric (NYSE:GE) is about to sell GE Capital Interbanca, one of the last pieces to its transformation from a financial to an industrial company. Oaktree (NYSE:OAK) is battling with Cerberus, Goldentree, and Clessidra for the asset. Oaktree is the world's largest distressed debt investor and one of the best. Founder Howard Marks is one of my favorite investors (and favorite people period, with multiple citations on my quotes page). If you are a thoughtful investor in search of some uncommon sense, then you should read and re-read his book The Most Important Thing.

Mylan

Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) agreed to acquire Meda in a $9.9 billion cash and stock deal. Meda holders get consideration currently worth 165 Swedish Krona per share.

Axiall

Axiall (NYSE:AXLL) management thinks that the Westlake (NYSE:WLK) proposal should be rejected.

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The current bid's $0.88 net arbitrage spread offers a 9% annual return if a deal closes by October.

Atmel

The preliminary S-4 has been filed with the SEC for the Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) acquisition of Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML).

Time Warner Cable

Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) is seeking California regulatory approval of its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) by June. The $9.39 net arbitrage spread offers a 13% annual return if the deal closes by July.

BG Group

The High Court of Justice in England and Wales approved the Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) acquisition of BG Group (OTCQX:BRGYY).

First Niagara

KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) management intends to address the New York governor's concerns about the bank's acquisition of First Niagara (NASDAQ:FNFG).

Baker Hughes

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) management continues to support this acquisition, despite regulatory impediments and plummeting energy markets.

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More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

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Disclosure: I am/we are long AXLL, ATML, TWC, BHI.

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