Simple, Valuable GE

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GE wrapping up transformation.

Qihoo holders clear deal.

Bidet Sprayer/Digital Caddy of Investments, 1 year later….

Welcome to the Finally Unimportant issue of M&A Daily

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General Electric

It is approaching the one-year mark since we first discussed the General Electric (NYSE:GE) transformation into a "simpler, more valuable industrial company" that can avoid systemically important financial institution/SIFI designation.

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GE is selling its Franchise Finance US hotel business to Western Alliance (NYSE:WAL). It is also selling Canadian Franchise Finance business. The deals will close in the second quarter. Additionally, GE is selling GE Asset Management to State Street (NYSE:STT) for $485 million. The unit has $100 billion in assets under management including GE's pension plan. This deal will close in the third quarter.


Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU) shareholders approved its acquisition. The $1.53 net arbitrage spread offers a 22% annual net return if the deal closes by May.

Norfolk Southern

Canadian Pacific (NYSE:CP) filed its definitive proxy statement for its Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) shareholder resolution, asking the Norfolk Southern board to begin talks regarding a merger. If the current offer is signed and closed by 2018, the $13.31 net arbitrage spread would offer a 9% annual return.

Fidelity & Guaranty

The definitive information statement has been filed for the Anbang acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty (NYSE:FGL). The $0.55 net arbitrage spread offers a 12% annual return if the deal closes by June.


The definitive proxy has been filed in connection to MKS's (NASDAQ:MKSI) acquisition of Newport (NASDAQ:NEWP). The Newport shareholder vote is on April 27.


The first amendment to the S-4 has been filed for the Old National (NYSE:ONB) acquisition of Anchor (NASDAQ:ABCW). The $0.21 net arbitrage spread offers a 5% annual return if the deal closes in May.

Empire District

The preliminary proxy has been filed for the Algonquin Power (AQUNF) acquisition of Empire District (NYSE:EDE).


Western Digital (NYSE:WDC) is bumping the terms on its debt sale to finance its acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK). Western Digital is offering yields about one percentage point higher, 10.5% for unsecured bonds, and 7.5% for secured bonds. The $2.76 net arbitrage spread offers investors a 15% IRR if the deal closes by midyear. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

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