Merger activity increased last week with four new deals announced and two deals completed.
M&A activity continues to pick up pace as we come close to the end of the third quarter. We had been tracking two of the four new deals announced last week in our ‘Deals in the Works’ table before they were announced.
The acquisition of Rosetta Stone (RST) by Cambium Learning Group comes at a time when the entire world is moving towards digital learning.
John Hass, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rosetta Stone, said, “This transaction represents the next step on a path that, over the past several years, has transformed our language business and built a previously small K-12 software business into a growing leader in education technology.” This deal values Rosetta at $30, at a premium of about 87.5% to Rosetta Stone’s unaffected closing price on July 16, 2020, when Bloomberg reported that the company was exploring a potential sale. Rosetta had been trading around $16 prior to that report.
You can find all the active deals listed below in our Merger Arbitrage Tool (MAT) that automatically updates itself during market hours.
There were no new deals announced in the Deals in the Works section last week.
Weekly Spread Changes:
The table below shows weekly spread changes between August 28, 2020, and September 4, 2020.
|SUNW||0.5949||The Peck Company Holdings, Inc. (PECK)||3.22||0.23%||-19.18%||19.41%||All Stock|
|LINX||6.72||StoneCo Ltd. (STNE)||50||-2.23%||-5.00%||2.77%||Special Conditions|
|CXDC||1.15||Faith Dawn Limited and Faith Horizon (N/A)||4.35%||1.69%||2.66%||All Cash|
|TIF||121.79||LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (LVMUY)||96.56||10.85%||8.98%||1.87%||All Cash|
|FIT||6.33||Google LLC (GOOG)||1591.04||16.11%||14.31%||1.80%||All Cash|
|WMGI||30.45||Stryker Corporation (SYK)||197.62||0.99%||1.96%||-0.97%||All Cash|
|PFNX||12.69||Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (LGND)||99.07||-5.44%||-4.38%||-1.06%||Special Conditions|
|DCOM||13.47||Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (BDGE)||20.63||-0.76%||0.60%||-1.36%||All Stock|
|CETV||4.35||PPF Group N.V. (N/A)||5.29%||10.10%||-4.81%||All Cash|
|GNW||3.46||China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (N/A)||56.94%||129.11%||-72.17%||All Cash|
|Total Number of Deals Closed in 2020||94|
|Total Number of Deals Not Completed in 2020||14|
|Total Number of Pending Deals|
|Stock & Cash Deals||4|
|Total Number of Pending Deals||51|
|Aggregate Deal Consideration||$638.59 billion|
- The acquisition of Aimmune Therapeutics (AIMT) by Sociétés des Produits Nestlé for $1.68 billion or $34.50 per share in cash.
- The acquisition of Rosetta Stone (RST) by Cambium Learning Group for $670.43 million or $30.00 per share in cash. We added RST as a potential deal to the Deals in the Works section on July 17, 2020, and the price after the news of the potential deal came out was $20.02.
- The acquisition of Akcea Therapeutics (AKCA) by Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) for $1.31 billion or $18.15 per share in cash.
- The acquisition of Fuling Global (FORK) by Fuling ParentCo in a going private transaction for $72.94 million or $2.35 per share in cash. We added FORK as a potential deal to the Deals in the Works section on June 22, 2020, and the price after the news of the potential deal came out was $2.17.
- On September 1, 2020, StoneCo (STNE) announced that it has entered into revised terms of a definitive agreement for STNE Participações to merge its business with Linx (LINX). The compensation offered by STNE to the shareholders of Linx was increased, so that the shareholders of Linx will receive (i) a portion in cash equal to R$ 31,56, updated pro rata die based on the Interbank Deposit Certificate (CDI) variation as from the sixth (6th) month counted as of August 11, 2020, and (ii) 0,0126774 class A shares of StoneCo traded on NASDAQ. Based on the closing prices as of August 31, 2020, this exchange ratio corresponds to a price per Linx share of R$ 35.10.
- On September 1, 2020, Genworth (GNW) confirmed that its Board of Directors and management team determined that Oceanwide has provided satisfactory information regarding its funding plan for the purchase price consideration of approximately $2.7 billion, and Genworth therefore does not intend to exercise its right to terminate the merger agreement as of August 31, 2020.
- On September 4, 2020, Just Eat Takeaway.com (TKAYF) and Grubhub (GRUB) announced receipt of all regulatory approvals required in respect of Just Eat Takeaway.com’s proposed acquisition of Grubhub.
- The acquisition of LogMeIn (LOGM) by Francisco Partners on August 31, 2020. It took 258 days for this deal to be completed.
- The acquisition of The Meet Group (MEET) by NuCom Group on September 4, 2020. It took 183 days for this deal to be completed.
Top 10 deals with largest spreads:
|CDOR||07/22/2019||NexPoint Hospitality Trust (N/A)||$11.10||$4.43||09/30/2020||150.56%||2289.83%|
|GILT||01/29/2020||Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (CMTL)||$8.52||$5.3||10/31/2021||60.67%||52.72%|
|GNW||10/23/2016||China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (N/A)||$5.43||$3.46||09/30/2020||56.94%||865.91%|
|FIT||11/01/2019||Google LLC (GOOG)||$7.35||$6.33||12/31/2020||16.11%||50.70%|
|TIF||11/25/2019||LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (LVMUY)||$135.00||$121.79||12/31/2020||10.85%||34.13%|
|MXIM||07/13/2020||Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)||$73.99||$68.68||06/30/2021||7.73%||9.50%|
|CBMG||08/12/2020||CBMG management (N/A)||$19.75||$18.5||12/31/2020||6.76%||21.26%|
|INWK||07/16/2020||HH Global Group Limited (N/A)||$3.00||$2.84||12/31/2020||5.63%||17.73%|
|CETV||10/27/2019||PPF Group N.V. (N/A)||$4.58||$4.35||10/27/2020||5.29%||37.84%|
List of all pending deals:
List of all pending deals:
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