Merger Arbitrage Mondays – August 25, 2014

Merger Activity decreased last week with two new mergers announced and five deals closing.

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 2014 111
Total Number of Deals Not Completed in 2014 2
Total Number of Pending Deals
Cash Deals 21
Stock Deals 20
Stock & Cash Deals 14
Special Conditions 7
Total Number of Pending Deals 62
Total Deal Size $468.99 billion

New Deals:

  1. The acquisition of International Rectifier Corporation (IRF) by Infineon Technologies AG for $2.4 billion or $40.00 per share in cash.
  2. The acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (PSMI) by Murata Electronics North America for $471 million or $12.50 per share in cash.

Deal Updates:

  1. On August 20, 2014, LIN Media (LIN) and Media General (MEGannounced an amendment to their merger, where the merger consideration for each LIN Media common share will now be either $25.97 in cash or 1.4714 shares of the new holding company, subject to proration. The maximum cash amount that will be paid to the LIN shareholders remains $763 million.
  2. On August 21, 2014, Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. In addition, the Family Dollar Board unanimously reaffirmed its recommendation in support of the merger agreement with Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR).

Closed Deals:

  1. The acquisition of Taylor Capital Group (TAYC) by MB Financial (MBFI) on August 18, 2014. It took 399 days for this deal to be completed.
  2. The acquisition of Digital Cinema Destinations (DCIN) by Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) on August 18, 2013. It took 95 days for this deal to be completed.
  3. The acquisition of (VITC) by The Kroger Co.(KR) on August 18, 2013. It took 47 days for this deal to be completed.
  4. The acquisition of Sport Chalet (SPCHA) by Vestis Retail Group on August 19, 2014. It took 50 days for this deal to be completed.
  5. The acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation (UNS) by Fortis on August 20, 2014. It took 252 days for this deal to be completed.

Top 10 deals with largest spreads:

Symbol Announced










Profit Annualized


TWGP 01/06/2014 ACP Re Ltd. (N/A) $2.50 $2.11 11/15/2014 18.48% 82.27%
DTV 05/18/2014 AT&T, Inc. (T) $95.00 $84.55 05/31/2015 12.36% 16.17%
LO 07/15/2014 Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) $67.37 $60.47 06/30/2015 11.41% 13.48%
FFKY 04/22/2014 Community Bank Shares of Indiana Inc. (CBIN) $4.01 $3.65 09/19/2014 9.74% 142.22%
LIN 03/22/2014 Media General, Inc. (MEG) $25.97 $23.85 03/31/2015 8.89% 14.88%
COV 06/15/2014 Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) $95.98 $88.26 01/31/2015 8.75% 20.08%
IGT 07/16/2014 GTECH S.p.A. (GTKYY) $18.25 $16.79 06/30/2015 8.70% 10.27%
OVRL 05/15/2014 Sphere 3D Corporation (ANY) $3.74 $3.44 09/30/2014 8.65% 87.70%
OABC 04/29/2014 Southside Bancshares Inc. (SBSI) $27.43 $25.30 12/31/2014 8.43% 24.05%
EDS 12/02/2013 Pan Long Company Limited (N/A) $1.78 $1.65 09/30/2014 7.88% 79.88%

List of all pending deals:

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