Analysts: Wisconsin Energy, Integrys combo makes solid strategic sense

|About: Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC)|By:, SA News Editor

Wisconsin Energy (WEC +1.9%) regains some of yesterday's 3.5% loss following its acquisition of Integrys (TEG +1.5%) for $71.47/share, which represents a 17.3% premium to Friday's closing price.

Wells Fargo upgrades WEC to Outperform and raises its target price for shares to $50-$51 from $49-$50, believing the deal makes strategic sense given synergies associated with geographic fit and potential opportunities via an increased ownership in Wisconsin transmission grid owner ATC; however, CRT Capital cuts its WEC target price to $44 from $48, citing subsequent increased regulatory risk and potential year-long overhang (Briefing.com).

For TEG shareholders, the deal brings a healthy 17% premium and they’re getting shares in a very solid company, says Morningstar's Charles Fishman.