Goohoo? Google Bids On Yahoo!

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Everyone bids for Yahoo!

Jessica Alba selling.

Hill bids en route?

Welcome to the Going… Going… Gone? issue of M&A Daily

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Google (GOOG/GOOGL) is looking to bid on core Yahoo! They will be bidding against Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Time (NYSE:TIME), and possibly AT&T (NYSE:T). Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are out of the process.

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Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) moved the deadline for its bids to April 18.

General Electric

General Electric (NYSE:GE) was in line to buy a divestiture package from the Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) acquisition of Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI). The Halliburton deal could break as soon as the end of this month. Now that General Electric has returned to its roots as an industrial company, Plan B could be to buy Baker Hughes outright.

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Alliance Fiber Optic

Corning (NYSE:GLW) is buying Alliance Fiber Optic (NASDAQ:AFOP) in a $305 million cash deal. AFOP holders get $18.50 per share.


Xueda (NYSE:XUE) secured all PRC approvals needed for its acquisition by Xiamen.

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Starwood (HOT) and Marriott (NYSE:MAR) hold their shareholder votes today.


The definitive proxy statement has been filed for the CCL (OTC:CCDBF) acquisition of Checkpoint (NYSE:CKP). The Checkpoint shareholder vote is on May 11.

Progressive Waste

The Progressive Waste (BIN) shareholder vote for its acquisition by Waste Connections (NYSE:WCN) is May 26.


Axiall (NYSE:AXLL) remains willing to continue to engage with Westlake (NYSE:WLK) about a deal and Westlake still wants to buy Axiall, but the parties have stopped discussions for now.

The Honest Company

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are working on either IPOing or selling Jessica Alba's The Honest Company. Potential suitors include Unilever (NYSE:UL), Colgate (NYSE:CL), L'Oreal (OTCPK:LRLCY), P&G (NYSE:PG), J&J (NYSE:JNJ), and Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB). The deal price could land between half a billion and a billion dollars, depending upon how aggressively potential buyers bid.


Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is buying Yogitech, a semi manufacturer in Italy. The deal target makes chips for robots and self-driving cars.

Time Warner Cable

Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) priced $1.2 billion of senior unsecured notes due in 2026 bearing an interest rate of 5.5% per year for its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). The $6.33 net arbitrage spread offers a 13% net arbitrage spread if the deal closes by midyear.

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Starboard just bought almost 10% of Depomed (NASDAQ:DEPO) and would like to replace the board. Now that Allergan (NYSE:AGN) is on its own, it could be one of several suitable suitors.


Hill (NYSE:HIL) should check their mailbox for inbound takeover interest from strategic acquirers. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

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