Elon Musk Does Not Back Down From Bold Tesla-SolarCity Gambit

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Elon Musk wants to combine Tesla and SolarCity.

So Elon Musk will combine Tesla and SolarCity.

Carmike gets a bump.

Welcome to the Genius issue of M&A Daily


Steve Rogers: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?

Tony Stark: Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.

- Marvel's The Avengers

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) and SolarCity (SCTY) are wrapping up deal talks and could announce a definitive merger agreement before the end of the week. No one likes this deal... other than Elon. So it is happening. In fairness, he has made over $12 billion since he started doing stuff that I did not predict would work, so he is unlikely to stop now.


Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is buying the Yahoo! (YHOO) operating business for $4.83 billion in cash. Verizon's Tim Armstrong said that,

Combining Verizon, AOL and Yahoo will create a new powerful competitive rival in mobile media, and an open, scaled alternative offering for advertisers and publishers.

The deal will probably close in the first quarter of next year. The buyer worked with Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and others; the target worked with Goldman (NYSE:GS), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and others.


Carmike (NASDAQ:CKEC) recut their deal with AMC (NYSE:AMC). CKEC holders get $33.06 in cash or 1.0819 AMC subject to proration. Carmike adjourned today's shareholder meeting. This amended merger agreement is AMC's best and final offer. The $1.67 arb spread offers a 14% IRR if the deal closes in December.


Hershey Trust reached an agreement with the Pennsylvania attorney general. The settlement will lead to resignations.


The second S-4 amendment has been filed for the Rovi (NASDAQ:ROVI) acquisition of TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO). The $0.21 arb spread offers a 9% IRR if the deal closes by October.


The final proxy has been filed for the Cousins (NYSE:CUZ) acquisition of Parkway (NYSE:PKY).


The preliminary proxy was filed for the Siris Capital acquisition of Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM).


The S-4 was filed for the People's (NASDAQ:PBCT) acquisition of Suffolk (NYSE:SCNB).


Today is the HSR filing deadline for the Nichi-Iko acquisition of Sagent (NASDAQ:SGNT).


The definitive proxy statement was filed for the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquisition of LinkedIn (LNKD). The LinkedIn shareholder vote is on August 19. The $4.56 arb spread offers a 10% IRR if the deal closes in November. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

Done deal.

  • Ahold (AHONY) completed its Delhaize (DEG) deal.

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