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Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) are forming an alliance, in which WMT will get 5% of JD's equity and JD will get the Yihaodian marketplace platform assets. Wal-Mart worked with Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on the deal. The alliance will compete head-to-head with Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) in its direct-to-consumer business.
WMT is also welcoming Noble Roman's (OTCQB:NROM) first franchise restaurant inside a Wal-Mart store. If this one goes well, it is likely they will roll out Noble Roman's at additional Wal-Mart locations. Noble Roman's is worth at least $1.50 per share to a potential buyer, two and a half times today's stock price, due to its strong cash flow generation.
Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Walmart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch.
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The Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM) shareholder vote is today for its acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai. The $3.94 arb spread offers a 21% IRR if the deal closes by year end. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily...
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