Why Is Microsoft Buying LinkedIn? What Next?

| About: LinkedIn (LNKD)

Summary

LNKD gets a 50% premium from Microsoft.

Verizon and AT&T still battling for Yahoo!

Bayer still in the hunt for Monsanto.

Welcome to the Reid Hits the Bid issue of M&A Daily

Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) purchase of LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) makes sense for a variety of reasons. Microsoft is the largest player in the enterprise software space and this gives them an entry into the enterprise recruiting space, learning and development (with Lynda.com), as well as most clearly into professional social networking, a space they've struggled to enter into previously. Microsoft's CRM system, Dynamics, has potential integrations with Recruiter, and the integrations between Office 365 offerings and the LinkedIn social network are also appealing. The transaction comes as a surprise given Reid Hoffman's complete control over LinkedIn through his voting shares, but LinkedIn will stay an independent organization under the Microsoft umbrella and Jeff Weiner will remain CEO. Thank you to my colleague Ravi Mulani for research on this opportunity.

Priced at over 8x revenue, the deal would be hard for another suitor to beat. It will be accretive to non-GAAP EPS in 2019. It is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's biggest deal so far.

Bitcoins

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Yahoo!

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are making third and final round bids for Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) core assets.

Polycom

The first S-4 amendment was filed for the Mitel (NASDAQ:MITL) acquisition of Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM).

Celator

The offer to purchase was filed along with the 14D-9 for the Jazz (NASDAQ:JAZZ) acquisition of Celator (NASDAQ:CPXX).

Medivation

The HSR waiting period is set to expire today for the Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) acquisition of Medivation (NASDAQ:MDVN). Medivation filed its definitive consent revocation statement.

TiVo

The HSR waiting period is scheduled to expire today for the Rovi (NASDAQ:ROVI) acquisition of TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO).

Huntington

FirstMerit (NASDAQ:FMER) and Huntington (NASDAQ:HBAN) hold their shareholder votes for their merger.

Opower

The tender offer expires today for the Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) acquisition of Opower (NYSE:OPWR).

Monsanto

Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) filed an investor presentation for the proposed acquisition of Monsanto (NYSE:MON).

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ITC

ITC (ITC) filed a presentation for fixed income investors for the acquisition by Fortis (OTCPK:FRTSF).

InterOil

InterOil (NYSE:IOC) set a shareholder meeting for July 28 for its acquisition by Oil Search (OTCPK:OISHY).

Ashford

Ashford (NYSE:AHP) is reviewing the takeover proposal from the Weisman Group. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

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Disclosure: I am/we are long LNKD, YHOO, MDVN, WR.

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