Will Amazon Gobble Up GrubHub... Or Eat Its Lunch?

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Amazon 1-hour delivery.

BCE buys Manitoba Telecom, eh?

Larry Ellison warms to the cloud.

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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is going after GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB). GrubHub works great in New York City (much of which is revenue from me ordering crispy beef from Shun Lee) but less well as it moves further and further from its initial locations - it has this in common with Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK).

GrubHub's dream would be getting acquired by Amazon; its nightmare would be getting copied by Amazon. The latter appears to be coming true. Amazon is now offering Prime Now exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The company is offering free delivery as well as $10 off of initial orders of $20 or more in San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Austin, Baltimore, Portland and Tampa with more locations on the way. The service comes with a mobile app that is equivalent to GrubHub's. Combined with Amazon's store card, you get over half off that first order. Amazon is willing to spend almost any amount of resources to establish itself as a low cost, high convenience service. Can anyone beat them at that game? Probably not.

Manitoba Telecom

After asking extremely politely, BCE (NYSE:BCE) is buying Manitoba Telecom (OTCPK:MOBAF) in a $3.9 billion deal. Manitoba holders get $40 in cash or 0.6756 of a BCE common share for each MTS common share, subject to proration. The total consideration will be paid 45% in cash and 55% in BCE equity.


Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) is buying OPOWER (NYSE:OPWR) in a $532 million deal. OPWR holders get $10.30 per share in cash. Oracle's Chairman was not always so enthusiastic about the cloud.

Baker Hughes

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) walked from their deal. Halliburton will pay Baker Hughes the $3.5 billion breakup fee by Wednesday, May 4. All breakups would be easier if they came with three and a half billion dollar consolation prize.

Apollo Education

Apollo Education (NASDAQ:APOL) got a bump to $10 per share in its deal with Apollo Global (NYSE:APO).

Interval Leisure

Interval Leisure (IILG) and Starwood (HOT) delayed the closing of ILG's acquisition of Starwood's vacation ownership business, Vistana, while both companies work to avoid unnecessary tax withholding. They are working to wrap up the process of identifying which holders are properly subject to this withholding.

Tribune Publishing

Gannett (NYSE:GCI) is seeking withhold votes at the Tribune Publishing (TPUB) annual meeting.


The definitive proxy has been filed with the SEC for Huntington's (NASDAQ:HBAN) acquisition of FirstMerit (NASDAQ:FMER).

Cash America

The merger agreement has been filed with the SEC for the First Cash (NASDAQ:FCFS) acquisition of Cash America (NYSE:CSH).


Yahoo! is down to ten bidders. The winning bid is likely to be in cash.


The preliminary proxy has been for Brocade's (NASDAQ:BRCD) acquisition of Ruckus (NYSE:RKUS).


GNC (NYSE:GNC) is working with Goldman (NYSE:GS) to find a buyer. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

Done deal(s).

  • Gaming and Leisure (NASDAQ:GLPI) closed Pinnacle (NYSE:PNK)
  • Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM) closed the Recall (OTCPK:RLHCY) deal
  • MKS (NASDAQ:MKSI) closed its Newport (NASDAQ:NEWP) deal
  • OceanFirst (NASDAQ:OCFC) closed its deal with Cape (NASDAQ:CBNJ)
  • Apollo completed its ADT (NYSE:ADT) buy

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