Microchip (MCHP +0.8%) confirms it has held talks with CSR (CSRE +35.3%) about "ways in which [Microchip's] relationship with CSR could be advanced, including possibly an acquisition of CSR." However, the talks are said to be "at a very preliminary stage."
Microchip, whose microcontrollers are sometimes found within products that also contain CSR's Bluetooth, GPS, or A/V chips, notes it has partnered with CSR in the past, with a Bluetooth module initiative being one example.
Back in May, Microchip announced it's buying Taiwanese Bluetooth chipmaker ISSC for $294.3M. The company has also snapped up analog chipmaker Supertex, as it takes part in a broader chip industry M&A wave.
Cordis reportedly could fetch $1.5B-$2B and is expected to attract interest from P-E firms and other health care companies.
A sale would mark the latest divestiture for JNJ, which is looking to shed slower-growth businesses and reduce annual costs by $1B; JNJ said in 2011 it would leave the cardiac stent business after years of falling sales and market share.
Repsol is said to have abandoned its original plan for a full takeover after failing to find buyers for assets it wasn’t interested in owning after a takeover, including TLM's North Sea and Southeast Asia assets, but the companies are talking about TLM assets in Texas’ Eagle Ford and Alberta’s Duvernay regions.
Earlier: Repsol, Talisman talks over a potential deal have stalled, WSJ reports.
Syngenta (SYT -0.3%) is open to a deal, whether as an acquirer or as a target, perhaps with Dow Chemical (DOW -1.4%) or DuPont (DD +0.2%), Bloomberg speculates.
SYT and Monsanto (MON -0.5%) held preliminary talks with advisers earlier this year about a combination that never came to fruition, which shows SYT’s willingness to make a deal, analysts say.
One option discussed is a takeover of Dow’s agricultural business, which Dow is open to divesting; SYT also could merge with DuPont and then spin off the U.S. company’s non-agricultural businesses.
Dow may be a better candidate to use a SYT acquisition to relocate overseas for tax advantages, analysts suggest, but with the Obama administration looking at ways to discourage tax-inversion acquisitions, DuPont’s well-known brands and sales to the U.S. military may spark greater political pushback.
Covidien (NYSE:COV) acquires privately-held North Carolina-based Sapheon for an undisclosed amount. Sapheon's lead product is the CE-Marked VenaSeal system for the treatment of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. In addition to the EU, it is approved for sale in Canada and Hong Kong.
Tekmira Pharma (NASDAQ:TKMR) +4.2% AH following a Daily Mail story suggesting it is a takeover candidate, after shares have nearly doubled in the past month thanks to attention over its experimental treatment for the deadly ebola virus.
Rumors suggest interested parties could include Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK); the report suggests the recent premium paid for InterMune could put a valuation of at least $40/share on TKMR.
The deal value between the two Pennsylvania lenders is about $14.5M, and Phoenix (OTCQB:PXBP) owners will receive either 3.167 shares of Mid Penn (NASDAQ:MPB) stock or $51.60 in cash for each share of PXPB they own.
Oi (OIBR +9.6%) says it has hired i-bank BTG Pactual to help it explore options for buying Telecom Italia's (TI +4.3%) TIM Participacoes (TSU +6.2%) Brazilian mobile/wireline unit. Shares of all 3 companies are rallying, as are those of Portugal Telecom (PT +6%) and Telefonica's Brazilian unit (VIV +2.4%).
Given Oi's debt load (almost $20B) and potential antitrust concerns, many think a bid for TIM (would lower the number of Brazilian mobile carriers to 3) can only work if Oi partners with other carriers to acquire and break up TIM. America Movil (AMX +0.7%), which owns rival carrier Claro, is viewed as a potential partner.
Oi's disclosure comes as a bidding war between TI and Telefonica (TEF +0.8%) for Vivendi-owned (OTCPK:VIVHY) Brazilian wireline carrier GVT heats up. Reuters reports TI will make a €7B ($9.2B) bid for GVT that would give Vivendi a 15%-20% stake in TI; the WSJ reports Telefonica's board is meeting today to consider upping its €6.7B ($8.8B) GVT bid.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is leading a consortium to sell several Nigerian oilfields for approximately $5B, as foreign companies reduce their onshore oil presence in the country due to theft, sabotage and local disruptions.
The four oilfields and a key pipeline are co-owned by Shell, France’s Total (NYSE:TOT) and Eni (NYSE:E) of Italy.
A deal is expected in the next few weeks after which all potential buyers will require government approval.
A 5B yaun ($813M) e-commerce joint venture between China's privately-held Dalian Wanda Group, Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Tencent Holdings (OTCPK:TCEHY, OTCPK:TCTZF) will be announced later this week, Reuters reports.
The new venture will unite three of China's most powerful non-state companies, and will be 70% owned by Wanda and 15% held by Baidu and Tencent respectively.
Wanda is a commercial property, luxury hotel and film conglomerate.