GM Breaking Up?

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GM trying to stick Peugeot with Opel.

Hologic buys Cynosure.

Integrated Device buys GigPeak.

Welcome to the Lemonade issue of M&A Daily

General Motors

Endeavoring to make lemonade from lemons, General Motors (NYSE:GM) is in talks to sell money-losing Opel to Peugeot (OTCPK:PUGOY). Opel would catapult Peugeot into being the number two auto group in Europe. One way to get discounted exposure to Peugeot is via FFP in France.


Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) is buying Cynosure (NASDAQ:CYNO) in a $1.65 billion cash deal; the second laser treatment deal in as many days. CYNO holders get $66 per share. The buyer is working with Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS).


Integrated Device (NASDAQ:IDTI) is buying GigPeak (NYSEMKT:GIG) in a $214 million cash deal. GIG holders get $3.08 per share. The buyer is working with JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM); the target is working with Cowen (NASDAQ:COWN).


Aetna (NYSE:AET) and Humana (NYSE:HUM) mutually ended their merger agreement. Aetna is paying Humana a $1 billion breakup fee.


The FTC issued a second request for the ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta (NYSE:SYT). The deal was cleared by the Canadian Competition Bureau. The $10.35 arb spread offers a 53% IRR if the deal closes by May.

Pacific Continental

The preliminary S-4 was filed for the Columbia Banking (NASDAQ:COLB) acquisition of Pacific Continental (NASDAQ:PCBK).

Level 3

The definitive S-4 was filed for the CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) acquisition of Level 3 (NASDAQ:LVLT).

Western Refining

The third S-4 amendment has been filed for the Tesoro (TSO) acquisition of Western Refining (NYSE:WNR). Shareholders vote March 24.


Restaurant Brands (NYSE:QSR) abandoned deal talks with Popeyes (NASDAQ:PLKI).


Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) filed with the US Court of Appeals seeking an expedited appeal of the decision to block its merger with Cigna (NYSE:CI). Anthem cannot extend the April 30 walk date because Cigna has not (and almost certainly will not) agreed to extend it.


Today is the HSR filing deadline for the ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) merger with ONEOK Partners (OKS).


InterOil (NYSE:IOC) shareholders vote today on their acquisition by Exxon (NYSE:XOM). More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

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