Google-Fiat Self-Driving Car Deal

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Google negotiating a deal with Fiat.

Rovi buys TiVo.

Cousins buys Parkway Properties.

Welcome to the Self-Driving issue of M&A Daily

Google (GOOG/GOOGL) and Fiat (NYSE:FCAU) are writing up a new partnership. The partnership will develop self-driving cars using Fiat's manufacturing and dealer network. As part of their auto efforts, Google is building a new facility in Novi, Michigan just outside of Detroit.

In other Google deal news, the CEO met with the Telegram messaging app founder to discuss buying the company for $1 billion. In a smaller deal, Google is part of the $100 million funding round for Goldman (NYSE:GS)-backed Symphony, which is developing a secure messaging service for people in the financial business.

Google, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) have a total of 189,505 employees. As of this writing, 0 have donated to Donald Trump, according to the latest FEC data.


Rovi (NASDAQ:ROVI) is buying TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) in a $1.1 billion cash and stock deal. TIVO holders get $10.70 per share in cash and stock. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, subject to a collar, and $7.95 per share in stock. The deal is expected to be good for $100 million of synergies. Thank you, Engaged Capital, for a good deal.

Parkway Properties

Cousins (NYSE:CUZ) is buying Parkway Properties (NYSE:PKY) in a $3.6 billion deal. PKY holders get 1.63 CUZ shares for each share owned. The companies will also spin-off the Houston-based assets of both companies into a new publically-traded REIT.

Time Warner Cable

The Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) CEO sounds confident regarding his acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) on his earnings call,

Turning to the closing process with TWC and Bright House, on April 12, the administrative law judge assigned by the California PUC to review our transactions recommended that our transactions be approved by the California Public Utility Commission. We expect the CPUC to vote on the judge's recommendation on May 12. All other states have approved our transactions.

We're also pleased that the FCC Chairman has circulated an order approving our transactions and that the DOJ has filed a proposed judgment with the district court under which our proposed transactions may proceed. Assuming we've received FCC approval, we would expect to officially close our transactions within just a few days of receiving approval from the California PUC.

The $2.54 net arbitrage spread offers a 24% IRR if the deal closes next month (spoiler alert: it almost certainly will). Specifically, I anticipate the deal to close three weeks from today.


Abbot (NYSE:ABT) requested that Alere (NYSE:ALR) agree to terminate their deal in return for a payment of $30-$50 million. The Alere board rejected the request. The net arbitrage spread is $12.49.

Fidelity & Guaranty

The Fidelity & Guaranty (NYSE:FGL) board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.065 per share. The dividend is payable on May 30 to shareholders of record as of May 16. Fidelity & Guaranty Life is getting bought by Anbang. The $0.51 net arbitrage spread offers a 21% IRR if the deal closes by June.


The definitive merger agreement has been filed in connection to the Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) acquisition of Textura (NYSE:TXTR).


ON (NASDAQ:ON) extended its previously announced tender offer until May 12 to purchase Fairchild (NYSE:FCS).


CBS (NYSE:CBS) is looking at collapsing its dual-class share structure.


The definitive merger agreement was filed for the Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) acquisition of DreamWorks (NASDAQ:DWA).

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Ingram Micro

The preliminary proxy was filed for the Tianjin acquisition of Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM). The $3.79 net arbitrage spread offers a 16% IRR if the deal closes this year.


The definitive proxy was filed for the Multi-Fineline (NASDAQ:MFLX) acquisition by Suzhou. The Multi-Fineline vote is June 17. The $0.91 net arbitrage spread offers a 9% IRR if the deal closes by October.


An amended preliminary proxy was filed by Rouse (NYSE:RSE) for its acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM). The Rouse vote is June 23.

Anchor Bancorp

The Anchor Bancorp (NASDAQ:ABCW) shareholder vote is today on its acquisition by Old National Bancorp (NYSE:ONB).

Apollo Education

The Apollo Education (NASDAQ:APOL) vote on its acquisition by Apollo Global (NYSE:APO) has been adjourned to May 6.

American Capital

Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV), Ares (NASDAQ:ARCC), Fortress (NYSE:FIG), Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and others have bid on American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS), in parts and in whole. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

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