IBM Buys Cloud Consultant

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IBM’s new cloud move.

Yahoo directors have questions for their replacements.

Western Digital progresses with SanDisk financing.

Welcome to the Smart in Spots issue of M&A Daily

I'm no genius, but I'm smart in spots and I stay around those spots.

- Tom Watson, Sr.

International Business Machines

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) is buying (NYSE:CRM) cloud consultant Bluewolf for $200 million. Bluewolf works with key customers including Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A/BRK.B) and Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK). The deal will close in the second half of 2016.


The Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) board approved an amendment and restatement of the company's bylaws to require any director nominated by a stockholder to submit answers to a written questionnaire. Yahoo! board: please check your inbox…

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The final proxy has been filed for the Old National (NYSE:ONB) acquisition of Anchor (NASDAQ:ABCW). The Anchor shareholder vote is on April 29. The $0.17 net spread offers a 5% annual return if the deal closes in May.


RONA (OTC:RONAF) holds a special shareholder vote today for its acquisition by Lowe's (NYSE:LOW).

Lake Shore Gold

Lake Shore Gold (NYSEMKT:LSG) and Tahoe Resources (NYSE:TAHO) hold their deal's shareholder votes today.


The tender offer expires tonight for the ON (NASDAQ:ON) acquisition of Fairchild (NYSE:FCS).

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Medivation (NASDAQ:MDVN) is working with an advisor in reaction to inbound interest in a potential acquisition.


Western Digital (NYSE:WDC) priced its offerings of $1.875 billion of senior secured notes and $3.35 billion of senior unsecured notes with interest rates of 7.375% and 10.50% per year. The company is using the proceeds to finance its acquisition of SanDisk (SNDK). The $2.64 net arbitrage spread offers a 12% annual return if the deal closes by midyear. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

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Done deal(s).

Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX) is successfully closing its acquisition by Thermo Fisher (NYSE:TMO) immediately after today's shareholder vote.

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DRA successfully completed its acquisition of Inland Real Estate (NYSE:IRC).

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The CVR (NYSE:UAN) acquisition of Rentech (NYSE:RNF) closes today.

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