Welcome to the Soft issue of M&A Daily
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) notified the European Commission on its acquisition of LinkedIn (LNKD). The EC's provisional deadline is November 22, 2016. The $5.25 arb spread offers a 16% IRR if the deal closes in December. Will the Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) opposition derail the deal? Probably not. Will it delay the deal? Probably not.
The merging companies will find out if complaints are getting any traction in Europe. If they are, then Microsoft can offer a licensing fix during the Phase I review. The deal will almost certainly close, will probably close this year, and offers more than $5 per share to anyone willing to bet on a deal with a tight merger agreement, flush buyer, surmountable regulatory process, and plausible strategic rationale.
Cvent (NYSE:CVT) agreed to extend the drop-dead date in its merger agreement until April 17, 2017, but the deal could die before then. The $4.86 arb spread offers a 71% IRR if the deal closes by year-end. However, there is a high likelihood of problems securing a DoJ approval. This is one of the deals that could spook the rest of the arb market if an antitrust suit is filed.
The Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) will not close today. They continue to talk with the Department of Justice. The $4.91 arb spread offers a 43% IRR if the deal closes by year-end, but that requires getting past an increasingly activist DoJ. We'll see if they can.
Monster (NYSE:MWW) received a request from MediaNews to establish a record date to determine which stockholders are eligible to vote on the solicitation of written consents by MNG. The board set October 25 as the record date for the consent solicitation.
Responding to Paul Singer's Elliott Management's new stake in the company, Mentor (NASDAQ:MENT) is working with Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) to find a buyer. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…
- Fortis (FRTSF) closed its ITC (ITC) deal.
- Vail (NYSE:MTN) closed its Whistler (OTC:WSBHF) deal.
- Avnet (NYSE:AVT) closed its Premier Farnell (OTC:PIFLY) deal.
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Disclosure: I am/we are long LNKD, ALJ, MENT, TWTR, YHOO.
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