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Merger Arbitrage Mondays – May 09, 2011

  • May 8, 2011

Merger activity decreased slightly last week with seven new deals announced and two closing. With four multi-billion dollar deals announced last week, according to Bloomberg 2011’s global M&A activity now amounts to a total to $843 billion, a 23 percent increase from a year earlier. Deal activity is expected to cross the $4 trillion record seen during the previous cycle that peaked in 2007.

You can find all the active deals listed below in our Merger Arbitrage Tool that automatically updates itself during market hours.

Deal Statistics:

Total Number of Deals Closed in 201164
Total Number of Deals Not Completed in 20111
Total Number of Pending Deals
Cash Deals51
Stock Deals25
Stock & Cash Deals14
Special Conditions1
Total Number of Pending Deals91

New Deals:

  1. The acquisition of Cephalon (CEPH) by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) for $6.8 billion or $81.50 per share in cash.
  2. The acquisition of International Coal Group (ICO) by Arch Coal (ACI) for $3.4 billion or $14.60 per share in cash.
  3. The acquisition of Volcom (VLCM) by PPR for $607.5 million or $24.50 per share in cash.
  4. The acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates (VSEA) by Applied Materials (AMAT) for $4.9 billion or $63.00 per share in cash.
  5. The acquisition of Kendle International (KNDL) by INC Research for $232 million or $15.25 per share in cash.
  6. The acquisition of Crude Carriers (CRU) by Capital Product Partners (CPLP) for $281.3 million in an all stock deal where Crude Carriers shareholders will receive 1.56 CPLP common units for each Crude Carriers share.
  7. The acquisition of Warner Music Group (WMG) by Access Industries for $3.3 billion or $8.25 per share in cash.

Closed Deals:

  1. The acquisition of AirTran Holdings (AAI) by Southwest Airlines (LUV) on May 02, 2011
  2. The acquisition of NovaMed (NOVA) by Surgery Partners on May 04, 2011

Top 10 deals with largest spreads:





GRAN04/27/2011FNB United Corp (FNBN)$2.21$1.150109/30/2011


CSR04/20/2011Rightmark Holdings Limited (N/A)$6.50$5.3609/30/2011 21.27% 53.91%
TAM01/19/2011LAN Airlines S.A. (LFL)$25.79$21.4612/31/2011


TLCR06/07/2010Grifols (GRF.MC)$31.69$27.6606/30/2011 14.56% 102.20%
CRU05/05/2011Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP)$15.87$14.3812/31/2069 10.33% 0.18%
GLBC04/11/2011Level 3 Communications (LVLT)$26.40$24.3512/31/2010 8.42% 0.00%
ID09/20/2010Safran (N/A)$12.00$11.2105/15/2011 7.05% 428.71%
SVVS04/27/2011CenturyLink (CTL)$41.90$39.2112/31/2011 6.87% 10.63%
CEG04/28/2011Exelon Corporation (EXC)$38.38$35.9901/31/2012 6.64% 9.08%
CASB03/04/2011Opus Bank (N/A)$0.45$0.425706/30/2011 5.71% 40.07%

List of all pending deals:

The list of all pending deals is only available to InsideArbitrage Premium and Plus members.