Will Elon Musk Buy Lyft?

| About: Tesla Motors (TSLA)

Summary

Is Lyft next after SolarCity?

U.S. Marshals selling bitcoin.

Gannett still wants tronc.

Welcome to the Future issue of M&A Daily

Tesla

Many market participants continue to question the Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) acquisition for SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY). Its arb spread is currently $0.64, offering a 7% IRR if the deal closes by year end. It is unclear why Elon Musk is doing this deal, but it appears clear that he will be able to close it.

What about the next one? The next M&A opportunity for Tesla could be Lyft (Private:LYFT). The potential target has advisors including Qatalyst and Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) that could help pull off such a deal. With Didi (Private:DIDI) partnering with Uber (Private:UBER), the rideshare industry is consolidating, and Lyft's management feels the need to respond. Tesla may have to outbid other potential suitors such as General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).

Bitcoin

I have bid in government auctions in the past and am taking a look at the upcoming bitcoin auction later this month for $1.6 million of BTC. If you are interested in buying a large quantity of BTC, then you can register with the U.S. Marshals Service. If you are interested in buying a small quantity of BTC, then you can earn $10 of free bitcoin when you sign up with Coinbase and buy at least $100 of BTC. My enthusiasm for such free sign-up bonuses is somewhere between healthy and obsessive.

Valspar

Phase 1 of the EU review of the Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) acquisition of Valspar (NYSE:VAL) expires today. The $8.47 arb spread offers a 13% IRR if the deal closes next March.

St. Jude

The first S-4 amendment was filed for the Abbott (NYSE:ABT) acquisition of St. Jude (NYSE:STJ). Abbott accused Alere (NYSE:ALR) of denying access to information in connection to its deal. Alere responded that Abbott has no basis to not complete its deal and that ABT is making unreasonable requests. Lawyers, please sharpen your pencils. Alere has a $17.52 arb spread.

HeartWare

The first tender offer amendment has been filed for the Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) acquisition of HeartWare (NASDAQ:HTWR). The Austrian review expires August 17.

Press Ganey

The definitive merger agreement was filed for the EQT acquisition of Press Ganey (NYSE:PGND).

Epiq

The preliminary proxy was filed for the OMERS acquisition of Epiq (NASDAQ:EPIQ).

Nortek

The third tender offer amendment was filed for the Melrose (OTC:MLSPF) acquisition of Nortek (NASDAQ:NTK).

Diamond

Apollo (NYSE:APO) extended its tender offer for Diamond (NYSE:DRII) to August 24. The $0.43 arb spread offers a 36% IRR if the deal closes then. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

Done deal.

Gannett (NYSE:GCI) completed its ReachLocal (NASDAQ:RLOC) deal. It is still trying to buy tronc (NASDAQ:TRNC), a company recently discussed by John Oliver.

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Disclosure: I am/we are long ALR, DRII, MON, SYT, BRK.A, BRK.B, TRNC, BITCOIN.

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