Merger Arbitrage Mondays – Berkshire Hathaway Acquires Insurer Alleghany For $11.6 Billion

Merger activity decreased last week with three new deals announced and two deals completed.

Alleghany Corporation (Y)

Incorporated in 1929 and based in New York, Alleghany Corporation was originally created as a holding company for railroad interests by railroad entrepreneurs Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen. Alleghany operates in three segments: reinsurance, insurance, and Alleghany Capital, providing property and casualty reinsurance and insurance products in the United States and internationally.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.ABRK.B) announced last week that it will acquire all outstanding Alleghany shares for $848.02 per share in cash, for a total equity value of approximately $11.6 billion, representing a premium of 29% to Alleghany’s average stock price over the last 30 days. The transaction aligns well with Berkshire’s interests in both insurance and reinsurance.

According to an article from S&P Global, “Another element that makes the $11.6 billion deal attractive to Berkshire is that Alleghany has a brokered reinsurance unit, whereas The Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, the company’s reinsurance arm, sells directly to clients. A quota share with Alleghany’s reinsurance company has given Berkshire good insight into the business and increased its broker market distribution, UBS analyst Brian Meredith said in a note.

This deal will also unite Warren Buffett with his ‘long time friend’, Alleghany CEO Joe Brandon. Brandon was the CEO of General Re from 2001 to 2008 before joining Alleghany as the president of its insurance group in 2011.

This is one of the five largest acquisitions in Berkshire’s history and it ends Buffett’s six year drought of large acquisitions.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

After the transaction is completed, Alleghany will operate as an independent unit of Berkshire. The agreement includes a 25-day “go-shop” period, during which Alleghany may solicit other acquisition offers. According to the merger agreement, no break-up fee would be owed to either party if the merger fell through.

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Deals In The Works

There was one new deal announced in the Deals in the Works section last week.

On March 21, 2022, Switch (SWCH) a data-center operator announced that, it is exploring strategic options including a sale.

On March 25, 2022, Bloomberg reported that Gulfport Energy (GPOR) had discussed merging with rival oil and gas explorer Ascent Resources. We had added Gulfport Energy as a potential deal in the works on September 23, 2021, when Reuters had reported that, after emerging from bankruptcy earlier in 2021, the company was exploring strategic options including a possible sale. GPOR’s price after this announcement was $79.98.

SPAC Arbitrage

There was one new SPAC IPO filed and four new SPAC combinations announced last week. You can find the new SPAC IPO announcements in our SPACs tool here.

  1. Coincheck, a multi-cryptocurrency marketplaces and digital asset exchanges in Japan by verified account market share, and Thunder Bridge Capital Partners IV, Inc. (THCPentered into a definitive agreement for a business combination.
  2. HUB Cyber Security (Israel) Limited, a Tel-Aviv based developer of Confidential Computing cybersecurity solutions and services, and Mount Rainier Acquisition (RNER) have entered into a definitive business combination agreement.
  3. Lanvin Group, a global luxury fashion group and Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation (PVentered into a definitive business combination agreement.
  4.  Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (LGNDannounced the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II (AHPA), providing for the spin-off of OmniAb, Inc., Ligand’s antibody discovery business, immediately followed by a merger with a newly formed subsidiary of APAC.

Weekly Spread Changes:

The table below shows weekly spread changes between March 18 and March 25, 2022.

Symbol Quote Acquiring
Company
Acquiring
Company Quote
Current
Spread
Last Week
Spread
Spread Change
Weekly
Deal
Type
MBII 1.08 Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (BIOX) 13.86 12.93% 7.05% 5.88% All Stock
GFED 32.12 QCR Holdings, Inc. (QCRH) 57.3 4.85% 0.00% 4.85% All Stock
PTRS 9.46 OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC) 21.02 9.73% 7.56% 2.17% Special Conditions
TEN 17.88 Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO) 62.5 11.86% 10.44% 1.42% All Cash
OCDX 18.15 Quidel Corporation (QDEL) 109.2 2.81% 1.80% 1.01% Cash Plus Stock
FHN 23.4 The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) 81.71 6.84% 8.65% -1.81% Special Conditions
VNE 36.84 Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) 157.97 0.43% 2.35% -1.92% All Cash
SJR 31.41 Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) 54.64 3.15% 5.57% -2.42% Special Conditions
JOBS 54.05 Garnet Faith Limited (N/A) 12.86% 15.97% -3.11% All Cash
AZPN 157.85 Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) 98.51 1.36% 9.48% -8.12% Special Conditions

Deal Statistics:

Total Number of Deals Closed in 2022 45
Total Number of Deals Not Completed in 2022 3
Total Number of Pending Deals
Cash Deals 44
Stock Deals 14
Stock & Cash Deals 10
Special Conditions 8
Total Number of Pending Deals 76
Aggregate Deal Consideration $672.22 billion

New Deals:

  1. The acquisition of Alleghany Corporation (Y) by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.ABRK.B) for $11.6 billion or $848.02 per share in cash.
  2. The acquisition of Huttig Building Products (HBP) by Woodgrain for $350 million or $10.70 per share in cash.
  3. The merger of Emclaire Financial Corp (EMCF) and Farmers National Banc (FMNB) for $105 million in a cash or stock deal. Under the terms of the agreement, each shareholder of Emclaire may elect to receive either $40.00 per share in cash or 2.15 shares of Farmers’ common stock, subject to an overall limitation of 70% of the shares being exchanged for Farmers’ shares and 30% for cash.

Deal Updates:

  1. On March 21, 2022, Preferred Apartment Communities (APTSannounced the expiration of the 30-day “go-shop” period set forth in the previously announced definitive merger agreement with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust.
  2. On March 21, 2022, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) announced that the special meeting of stockholders, to consider and vote on a proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger with Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), will be held on April 28, 2022.
  3. On March 22, 2022, Guaranty Federal Bancshares (GFED) stockholders approved the previously announced acquisition of the company by QCR Holdings (QCRH) at a special shareholders meeting.
  4. On March 23, 2022, in connection with the Merger and the FTC review process, Intersect ENT (XENT) and Hemostasis have agreed on the material terms of a Sale and Purchase Agreement, under which Hemostasis would agree to acquire the Fiagon Business from Intersect ENT. Intersect ENT and Medtronic (MDT) also anticipate providing certain transition services in connection with the sale of the Fiagon Business. The consummation of the sale of the Fiagon Business to Hemostasis would be expressly cross-conditioned on the closing of the Merger.
  5. On March 23, 2022, Guaranty Federal Bancshares (GFED) announced that QCR Holdings (QCRHhas received all of the regulatory approvals required to complete its previously announced merger with the company. The Merger remains subject to, the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions and is anticipated to close on April 1, 2022.
  6. On March 24, 2022, Veoneer (VNE) and QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) have agreed that the closing of the merger will take place on April 1, 2022. Upon the closing of the merger, VeoSneer’s new owners, SSW, plan to appoint Jacob Svanberg, currently Senior Vice President Lidar Product Area and Corporate Development, as Veoneer’s new CEO.
  7. On March 24, 2022, Shareholders of Apria (APRapproved the company’s merger with Owens & Minor (OMI) at a special meeting of shareholders.
  8. On March 25, 2022, Citizens Financial Group (CFG) and Investors Bancorp (ISBCannounced receipt of regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to complete the previously announced acquisition of Investors. The acquisition is anticipated to close by mid-April 2022..

Closed Deals:

  1. The acquisition of BioDelivery Sciences International (BDSI) by Collegium Pharmaceutical (COLL) on March 22, 2022. It took 36 days for this deal to be completed.
  2. The acquisition of CyrusOne (CONE) by KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners on March 25, 2022. It took 130 days for this deal to be completed.

Top 10 deals with largest spreads:

Symbol Announced
Date
Acquiring
Company
Closing
Price
Last
Price
Closing
Date
Profit Annualized
Profit
ATVI 01/18/2022 Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) $95.00 $79.6 06/30/2023 19.35% 15.38%
CHNG 01/06/2021 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) $25.75 $21.97 06/30/2022 17.21% 66.81%
MBII 03/16/2022 Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (BIOX) $1.22 $1.08 09/30/2022 12.93% 25.38%
JOBS 06/21/2021 Garnet Faith Limited (N/A) $61.00 $54.05 06/30/2022 12.86% 49.93%
SAFM 08/09/2021 Cargill and Continental Grain Company (N/A) $203.00 $180.54 06/30/2022 12.44% 48.31%
BRG 12/20/2021 Blackstone Real Estate (N/A) $29.85 $26.59 06/30/2022 12.26% 47.61%
TEN 02/23/2022 Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO) $20.00 $17.88 12/31/2022 11.86% 15.57%
ATC 07/01/2021 MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) $24.79 $22.41 03/31/2022 10.62% 1291.95%
WLL 03/07/2022 Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) $95.57 $87.06 12/31/2022 9.78% 12.84%
PTRS 11/04/2021 OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC) $10.38 $9.46 06/30/2022 9.73% 37.76%

List of all pending deals:

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Target Announced
Date
Acquirer Deal
Type
Closing
Value
Deal
Price
Last
Price
Target Volume Estimated
Closing Date
Return Annualized
Return
+ RNDB 3/28/22 Hometown Financial Group, Inc. (N/A) All Cash $146.5 M $27.00 $21.18 19,559 12/31/22 27.48% 36.21%
+ TMX 12/14/21 Rentokil Initial plc (RTOKY) Special Conditions $6.7 B $55.00 $46.02 472,092 12/31/22 19.51% 25.71%
+ ATVI 1/18/22 Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) All Cash $68.7 B $95.00 $80.01 6,116,034 6/30/23 18.74% 14.93%
+ CHNG 1/06/21 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) All Cash $13.28 B $25.75 $22.24 3,180,562 6/30/22 15.78% 61.94%
+ MBII 3/16/22 Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (BIOX) All Stock $236 M $1.18 $1.03 710,428 9/30/22 14.23% 28.07%
+ BRG 12/20/21 Blackstone Real Estate (N/A) Special Conditions $3.6 B $29.85 $26.6 726,225 6/30/22 12.22% 47.95%
+ JOBS 6/21/21 Garnet Faith Limited (N/A) All Cash $3.63 B $61.00 $54.48 396,322 6/30/22 11.97% 46.97%
+ SAFM 8/09/21 Cargill and Continental Grain Company (N/A) All Cash $4.49 B $203.00 $181.54 150,335 6/30/22 11.82% 46.39%
+ TEN 2/23/22 Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO) All Cash $7.1 B $20.00 $17.95 1,146,356 12/31/22 11.42% 15.05%
+ WLL 3/07/22 Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) Cash Plus Stock $2.82 B $90.35 $81.45 531,095 12/31/22 10.92% 14.40%
+ PTRS 11/04/21 OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC) Special Conditions $186 M $10.38 $9.4 27,049 6/30/22 10.43% 40.92%
+ ATC 7/01/21 MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) Cash Plus Stock $6.5 B $24.81 $22.61 892,109 3/31/22 9.75% 1779.40%
+ SAVE 2/07/22 Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (ULCC) Cash Plus Stock $6.6 B $23.91 $21.93 2,716,565 12/31/22 9.05% 11.92%
+ TSEM 2/15/22 Intel Corporation (INTC) All Cash $5.4 B $53.00 $48.65 1,047,158 2/15/23 8.94% 10.10%
+ MILE 11/08/21 Lemonade (LMND) All Stock $201.47 M $1.42 $1.31 723,313 6/30/22 8.45% 33.17%
+ PNM 10/21/20 Avangrid, Inc. (AGR) All Cash $8.05 B $50.30 $46.66 275,868 6/30/22 7.80% 30.62%
+ PBIP 3/02/22 Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT) All Cash $142.1 M $18.01 $16.75 14,065 9/30/22 7.52% 14.84%
+ FHN 2/28/22 The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) Special Conditions $13.4 B $25.00 $23.42 5,224,182 11/27/22 6.75% 10.13%
+ TGNA 2/22/22 Standard General L.P. (N/A) Special Conditions $8.6 B $24.00 $22.5 1,160,295 12/31/22 6.67% 8.78%
+ ZNGA 1/10/22 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO) Special Conditions $12.7 B $9.86 $9.26 22,065,018 6/30/22 6.48% 25.43%
+ CDR 3/02/22 Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR) All Cash $291.3 M $29.00 $27.37 83,031 6/30/22 5.96% 23.37%
+ NPTN 11/04/21 Lumentum Holdings Inc. (LITE) All Cash $745.24 M $16.00 $15.13 262,418 12/31/22 5.75% 7.58%
+ SJI 2/24/22 Infrastructure Investments Fund (N/A) All Cash $8.1 B $36.00 $34.13 507,287 12/31/22 5.48% 7.22%
+ COHR 3/25/21 II-VI Incorporated (IIVI) Cash Plus Stock $6.84 B $286.85 $272.05 187,183 5/31/22 5.44% 31.52%
+ VG 11/22/21 Ericsson (ERIC) All Cash $6.2 B $21.00 $20.2 4,698,015 6/30/22 3.96% 15.54%
+ SJR 3/15/21 Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) Special Conditions $26 B $32.40 $31.19 259,012 6/30/22 3.88% 15.23%
+ MGI 2/15/22 Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (N/A) All Cash $1.8 B $11.00 $10.59 1,690,103 12/31/22 3.87% 5.10%
+ GFED 11/09/21 QCR Holdings, Inc. (QCRH) All Stock $151.6 M $33.34 $32.13 6,380 4/01/22 3.76% 457.12%
+ CCMP 12/15/21 Entegris, Inc. (ENTG) Cash Plus Stock $6.5 B $194.97 $188.25 177,270 12/31/22 3.57% 4.70%
+ HTA 2/28/22 Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (HR) Cash Plus Stock $10.74 B $32.50 $31.51 1,760,724 9/30/22 3.14% 6.20%
+ MNDT 3/08/22 Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) All Cash $5.4 B $23.00 $22.3 3,261,116 12/31/22 3.14% 4.14%
+ CTXS 1/31/22 Vista Equity Partners and Elliott Investment Management LP (N/A) All Cash $16.5 B $104.00 $101.02 1,168,264 6/30/22 2.95% 11.58%
+ EXTN 1/24/22 Enerflex Ltd. (EFX.TO) All Stock $735 M $6.67 $6.48 115,072 9/30/22 2.88% 5.69%
+ OCDX 12/23/21 Quidel Corporation (QDEL) Cash Plus Stock $8.33 B $18.83 $18.39 575,387 6/30/22 2.41% 9.45%
+ MTOR 2/22/22 Cummins Inc. (CMI) All Cash $3.7 B $36.50 $35.68 875,977 12/31/22 2.30% 3.03%
+ SUMR 3/16/22 Kids2, Inc. (N/A) All Cash $97.44 M $12.00 $11.74 12,764 6/30/22 2.21% 8.69%
+ GCP 12/06/21 Saint-Gobain (N/A) All Cash $2.3 B $32.00 $31.36 121,884 12/31/22 2.04% 2.69%
+ UMPQ 10/12/21 Columbia Banking System, Inc. (COLB) All Stock $4.5 B $19.94 $19.58 1,131,843 6/30/22 1.85% 7.24%
+ STXB 11/19/21 Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) All Stock $581 M $27.69 $27.2 45,484 6/30/22 1.81% 7.11%
+ IIN 2/28/22 Altaris Capital Partners, LLC (N/A) All Cash $183.22 M $24.25 $23.83 19,713 6/30/22 1.76% 6.92%
+ NSEC 1/26/22 VR Insurance Holdings, Inc. (N/A) All Cash $41.4 M $16.35 $16.07 1,789 6/30/22 1.74% 6.84%
+ ROG 11/02/21 DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD) All Cash $5.2 B $277.00 $272.35 94,774 6/30/22 1.71% 6.70%
+ FBC 4/26/21 New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB) All Stock $2.6 B $43.89 $43.19 171,767 3/31/22 1.61% 293.69%
+ CERN 12/20/21 Oracle Corporation (ORCL) All Cash $28.4 B $95.00 $93.62 928,166 12/31/22 1.47% 1.94%
+ PLAN 3/20/22 Thoma Bravo (N/A) All Cash $10.7 B $66.00 $65.06 16,435,611 6/30/22 1.44% 5.67%
+ CNR 3/07/22 Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (N/A) All Cash $5.8 B $24.65 $24.33 2,353,152 9/30/22 1.32% 2.59%
+ ECOL 2/09/22 Republic Services, Inc. (RSG) All Cash $2.2 B $48.00 $47.38 749,729 6/30/22 1.31% 5.14%
+ FOE 5/11/21 Prince International Corporation (N/A) All Cash $2.1 B $22.00 $21.74 308,267 6/30/22 1.20% 4.69%
+ REGI 2/28/22 Chevron Corporation (CVX) All Cash $2.75 B $61.50 $60.84 2,197,689 12/31/22 1.08% 1.43%
+ XENT 8/06/21 Medtronic plc (MDT) All Cash $1.1 billion $28.25 $27.95 126,327 3/31/22 1.07% 195.89%
+ WBT 7/14/21 Ali Holding S.r.l. (N/A) All Cash $4.8 B $24.00 $23.75 528,540 6/30/22 1.05% 4.13%
+ TLMD 2/03/22 Patient Square Capital (N/A) All Cash $106.42 M $3.00 $2.97 337,399 6/30/22 1.01% 3.96%
+ ESBK 10/04/21 Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU) All Cash $82.8 M $23.10 $22.92 2,676 3/31/22 0.79% 143.32%
+ TSC 10/20/21 Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF) Cash Plus Stock $1.1 B $33.83 $33.61 129,190 6/30/22 0.65% 2.57%
+ MIME 12/07/21 Permira (N/A) All Cash $5.8 B $80.00 $79.48 735,517 6/30/22 0.65% 2.57%
+ AZPN 10/11/21 Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) Special Conditions $12.34 B $160.00 $159.25 312,290 6/30/22 0.47% 1.85%
+ ANAT 8/09/21 Brookfield Asset Management Reinsurance Partners Ltd. (BAMR) All Cash $5.1 B $190.00 $189.13 97,040 6/30/22 0.46% 1.81%
+ EPAY 12/17/21 Thoma Bravo (N/A) All Cash $2.6 B $57.00 $56.75 399,591 6/30/22 0.44% 1.73%
+ VOLT 3/14/22 Vega Consulting, Inc. (N/A) All Cash $181.81 M $6.00 $5.975 198,938 6/30/22 0.42% 1.64%
+ APTS 2/16/22 Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (N/A) All Cash $5.8 B $25.00 $24.9 2,376,171 6/30/22 0.40% 1.58%
+ VNE 10/04/21 Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) All Cash $3.87 B $37.00 $36.88 2,378,372 4/01/22 0.33% 39.59%
+ HBP 3/21/22 Woodgrain Inc. (N/A) All Cash $350 M $10.70 $10.67 581,299 6/30/22 0.28% 1.10%
+ NP 3/28/22 Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM) All Stock $1.18 B $40.29 $40.2 254,164 12/31/22 0.23% 0.30%
+ FLOW 12/13/21 Lone Star Funds (N/A) All Cash $3.8 B $86.50 $86.33 272,304 6/30/22 0.20% 0.77%
+ HMHC 2/22/22 Veritas Capital (N/A) All Cash $2.8 B $21.00 $20.96 3,746,604 6/30/22 0.19% 0.75%
+ GSKY 9/15/21 The Goldman Sachs Group (GS) All Stock $2.24 B $10.06 $10.04 8,571,058 3/31/22 0.19% 34.54%
+ VRS 12/19/21 BillerudKorsnäs AB (N/A) All Cash $825 M $27.00 $26.96 305,864 6/30/22 0.15% 0.58%
+ Y 3/21/22 Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) All Cash $11.6 B $848.02 $846.8 119,403 12/31/22 0.14% 0.19%
+ BPMP 12/20/21 BP p.l.c. (BP) All Stock $2.45 B $17.21 $17.19 150,412 3/31/22 0.11% 20.97%
+ GNOG 8/09/21 DraftKings Inc. (DKNG) All Stock $1.52 B $6.81 $6.8 586,684 3/31/22 0.11% 19.46%
+ LEVL 11/04/21 First Merchants Corporation (FRME) Cash Plus Stock $323.5 M $40.59 $40.57 23,665 6/30/22 0.06% 0.23%
+ POLY 3/28/22 HP Inc. (HPQ) All Cash $3.3 B $40.00 $39.99 27,820,433 12/31/22 0.03% 0.03%
+ APR 1/10/22 Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI) All Cash $1.62 B $37.50 $37.5 436,727 6/30/22 0.00% 0.00%
+ ISBC 7/28/21 Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG) Cash Plus Stock $3.5 B $15.62 $15.63 1,630,568 4/15/22 -0.04% -0.83%
+ PBCT 2/22/21 M&T Bank Corporation (MTB) All Stock $7.6 B $21.17 $21.18 3,758,766 4/01/22 -0.06% -6.88%
+ MGP 8/04/21 VICI Properties Inc. (VICI) All Stock $17.2 billion $38.06 $38.3 1,254,381 6/30/22 -0.64% -2.49%
+ ABTX 11/10/21 CBTX, Inc. (CBTX) All Stock $1.5 B $44.69 $45.13 44,547 6/30/22 -0.97% -3.79%
+ EMCF 3/24/22 Farmers National Banc Corp. (FMNB) All Stock $105 M $37.41 $38.14 14,921 12/31/22 -1.91% -2.52%

Conclusion:

Multiple deals received required approvals as we come closer to the end of the first quarter of 2022. SPAC IPOs continue to dwindle with only one SPAC IPO filed last week. SPAC business combinations on the other hand kept up pace with four new combinations announced last week. One of the SPAC business combinations announced last week is structured as a ‘Reverse Morris Trust’. Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) signed a definitive merger agreement with Avista Public Acquisition Corp. II (AHPA), providing for the spin-off of OmniAb, which will be merged with a newly formed subsidiary of APAC. The combined company will be led by Ligand’s President, Matt Foehr, and will be renamed “OmniAb, Inc.”.

Disclaimer: I have long positions in Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.ABRK.B), First Horizon (FHN), Tower Semiconductor (TSEM), Healthcare Trust of America (HTA), TEGNA (TGNA) and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (BRG). Please do your own due diligence before buying or selling any securities mentioned in this article. We do not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the content or data provided in this article.

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