Merger Arbitrage Mondays – Thoma Bravo Adds SailPoint Technologies To Its Portfolio And Approaches Twitter

  • April 18, 2022

Merger activity increased last week with five new deals announced and one of the five new deals announced was a potential deal in the works.

SailPoint Technologies (SAIL)

Thoma Bravo continued its binge of software acquisitions last week by entering into an agreement to acquire SailPoint Technologies. This is Thoma Bravo’s second acquisition this year. On March 30, 2022, Thoma Bravo announced the acquisition of Anaplan (PLAN) for $10.7 billion. We checked our database and Thoma Bravo acquired six public companies last year for a total of $32.3 billion. The private equity firm has also approached Twitter (TWTR) after Elon Musk sent his $54.20 per share non-binding proposal to acquire Twitter.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, SailPoint Technologies provides identity security to modern enterprises by harnessing AI and machine learning. On April 11, 2022, the company entered into an agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $6.9 billion. Expected to close in the second half of the year, the agreement includes a “go-shop” period, that will expire on May 16, 2022.

Datto Holding (MSP)

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, Datto Holding provides security and cloud-based software solutions purpose-built for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). We added Datto Holdings as a potential deal in the works on March 16, 2022, when Bloomberg reported that the company was exploring strategic options including a potential sale after receiving takeover interest. MSP’s price after this announcement was $25.86. On April 11, 2022, Kaseya, a provider of unified IT management and security software , entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Datto for $6.2 billion or $35.50 per share in cash. The offer represents a 52% premium to Datto’s stock price of $23.37 as of March 16.

Nielsen Holdings (NLSN)

WindAcre Partners disclosed on April 14 that it has raised its stake in Nielsen Holdings to 25% as it continues to oppose the company’s agreement to be acquired by a private equity consortium.

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Deals In The Works

There were four new deals announced in the Deals in the Works section last week.

We added Twitter (TWTR) as a potential deal in the works on April 13, 2022, when Elon Musk offered to buy the company for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54% premium over the day before he began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before his investment was publicly announced.

In response to this offer, and in order to prevent a hostile bid from Musk, the Board of Directors of Twitter unanimously adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan, a method also known as a “poison pill”. The poison pill, which is expected to expire on April 14, 2023, will go into effect if a shareholder acquires more than 15% of the company without prior approval by the board.

According to the press release, “In the event that the rights become exercisable due to the triggering ownership threshold being crossed, each right will entitle its holder (other than the person, entity or group triggering the Rights Plan, whose rights will become void and will not be exercisable) to purchase, at the then-current exercise price, additional shares of common stock having a then-current market value of twice the exercise price of the right.”

We could see a bidding war for Twitter in the coming days, with Thoma Bravo expressing interest in making a competing bid for Musk’s offer. Twitter is working with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase while Musk is working with Morgan Stanley.

SPAC Arbitrage

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

  1. EUDA Health Limited, a Singapore-based digital health platform and 8i Acquisition 2 Corp. (8i) (LAX)  entered into a definitive business combination agreement.

Weekly Spread Changes:

The table below shows weekly spread changes between April 8 and April 15, 2022.

Company Quote
Last Week
Spread Change
SAVE25.12Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (ULCC)11.61-3.12%-13.71%10.59%Cash Plus Stock
EMCF36.9Farmers National Banc Corp. (FMNB)16-6.78%-9.19%2.41%All Stock
AZPN161.95Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)92.86-1.20%-3.03%1.83%Special Conditions
ATVI78.93Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)279.8320.36%18.62%1.74%All Cash
SJR30.83Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI)59.235.09%3.35%1.74%Special Conditions
PBIP16.02Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT)15.851.68%2.86%-1.18%Cash Plus Stock
MILE1.17Lemonade (LMND)23.776.86%8.48%-1.62%All Stock
NP39.44Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM)26.17-9.89%-7.94%-1.95%All Stock
TEN18.05Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO)57.4910.80%12.99%-2.19%All Cash
WLL83.41Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS)15112.02%14.40%-2.38%Cash Plus Stock

Deal Statistics:

Total Number of Deals Closed in 202259
Total Number of Deals Not Completed in 20224
Total Number of Pending Deals
Cash Deals49
Stock Deals10
Stock & Cash Deals9
Special Conditions8
Total Number of Pending Deals76
Total Deal Size$725.4715 billion

New Deals:

  1. The acquisition of SailPoint Technologies Holdings (SAIL) by Thoma Bravo for $6.9 billion or $65.25 per share in cash.
  2. The acquisition of Datto Holding (MSP) by Kaseya for $6.2 billion or $35.50 per share in cash. We added MSP as a potential deal to the Deals in the Works section on March 16, 2022,  and the price after the news of the potential deal came out was $25.86.
  3. The acquisition of Sierra Oncology (SRRA) by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for $1.1 billion or $55 per share in cash.
  4. The acquisition of Antares Pharma (ATRS) by Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO) for $960 million or $5.60 per share in cash.
  5. The acquisition of Vidler Water Resources (VWTR) by D.R. Horton (DHI) for $260 million or $15.75 per share in cash.

Deal Updates:

  1. On April 11, 2022, Oracle Corporation (ORCL) announced that it has extended its tender offer in connection with the acquisition of Cerner Corporation (CERN) until May 11, 2022.
  2. On April 11, 2022, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), expired in connection with the previously announced proposed merger between Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Chevron Corporation (CVX).
  3. On April 12, 2022, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), expired in connection with the previously announced proposed merger between Huttig Building Products (HBP) and Woodgrain.
  4. On April 12, 2022, Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (BRG) its stockholders approved the proposed acquisition of the company by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate. The Acquisition will occur following the spin-off of the Company’s single-family rental business through the taxable distribution to common stockholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a newly formed real estate investment trust named Bluerock Homes Trust. Company common stockholders will receive $24.25 in cash per share of company common stock in the ccquisition in addition to the BHM common stock that they will receive in the Spin-Off.
  5. On April 13, 2022, TEGNA (TGNA) announced that the special meeting of stockholders will be on May 17, 2022.
  6. On April 13, 2022, Spirit (SAVEreceived a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with respect to its proposed merger with Frontier (ULCC). A second request from the DOJ was expected for a transaction of this nature. Spirit remains bound by the terms of the merger agreement with Frontier and will continue to voluntarily provide information to the DOJ in order to facilitate its review of the proposed transaction.
  7. April 13, 2022: According to Reuters, Alleghany (Y) shareholder, Shiva Stein has sued to block Berkshire’s (BRK.ABRK.B) buyout over lack of disclosures.
  8. On April 14, 2022, SOC Investment, an activist shareholder group urged investors to vote against the proposed Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Microsoft (MSFT) merger during Activision’s upcoming meeting on April 28.
  9. On April 14, 2022, WindAcre Partners disclosed on April 14 that it has raised its stake in Nielsen Holdings (NLSN) to 25% as it continues to oppose the deal.

Top 10 deals with largest spreads:

Please do your own due diligence on deals with large spreads. Some of these large spreads might be related to regulatory issues or because of the way the deal is structured. We classify some of these deals as “special situation” deals in our merger arbitrage tool and provide additional details to help with the analysis. There may be unique situations related to special dividends, spinoffs, proration, etc. that need to be accounted for when looking at these spreads.

ATVI01/18/2022Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)$95.00$78.9306/30/202320.36%16.89%
CHNG01/06/2021UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)$27.75$23.612/31/202217.58%24.78%
PTRS11/04/2021OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC)$10.38$8.8906/30/202216.76%81.57%
MBII03/16/2022Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (BIOX)$1.11$0.980209/30/202213.12%28.67%
BRG12/20/2021Blackstone Real Estate (N/A)$29.85$26.5106/30/202212.60%61.32%
WLL03/07/2022Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS)$93.44$83.4112/31/202212.02%16.94%
TEN02/23/2022Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO)$20.00$18.0512/31/202210.80%15.22%
ZNGA01/10/2022Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO)$9.86$8.9406/30/202210.29%50.08%
TSEM02/15/2022Intel Corporation (INTC)$53.00$48.1302/15/202310.12%12.11%
FHN02/28/2022The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)$25.00$23.0411/27/20228.51%13.80%

List of all pending deals:

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Target VolumeEstimated
Closing Date
+ATVI1/18/22Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)All Cash$68.7 B$95.00$78.934,571,5826/30/2320.36%16.97%
+TMX12/14/21Rentokil Initial plc (RTOKY)Special Conditions$6.7 B$55.00$45.96272,74612/31/2219.67%27.93%
+CHNG1/06/21UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)All Cash$13.28 B$27.75$23.62,611,01612/31/2217.58%24.97%
+PTRS11/04/21OceanFirst Financial Corp. (OCFC)Special Conditions$186 M$10.38$8.899,1546/30/2216.76%83.80%
+MBII3/16/22Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (BIOX)All Stock$236 M$1.11$0.9802323,5259/30/2213.12%29.02%
+BRG12/20/21Blackstone Real Estate (N/A)Special Conditions$3.6 B$29.85$26.51241,0436/30/2212.60%63.00%
+WLL3/07/22Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS)Cash Plus Stock$2.82 B$93.44$83.41284,36812/31/2212.02%17.07%
+TEN2/23/22Apollo Global Management, Inc. (APO)All Cash$7.1 B$20.00$18.05693,90312/31/2210.80%15.34%
+ZNGA1/10/22Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO)Special Conditions$12.7 B$9.86$8.9414,248,1466/30/2210.29%51.45%
+TSEM2/15/22Intel Corporation (INTC)All Cash$5.4 B$53.00$48.13525,1912/15/2310.12%12.19%
+FHN2/28/22The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)Special Conditions$13.4 B$25.00$23.044,165,18611/27/228.51%13.92%
+SAFM8/09/21Cargill and Continental Grain Company (N/A)All Cash$4.49 B$203.00$189.13151,3766/30/227.33%36.67%
+TGNA2/22/22Standard General L.P. (N/A)Special Conditions$8.6 B$24.00$22.441,849,90112/31/226.95%9.87%
+MILE11/08/21Lemonade (LMND)All Stock$201.47 M$1.25$1.17494,3866/30/226.86%34.32%
+NPTN11/04/21Lumentum Holdings Inc. (LITE)All Cash$745.24 M$16.00$15.21402,78612/31/225.19%7.38%
+SJR3/15/21Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI)Special Conditions$26 B$32.40$30.83221,6626/30/225.09%25.46%
+ATC7/01/21MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI)Cash Plus Stock$6.5 B$22.52$21.47794,8539/30/224.90%10.83%
+PNM10/21/20Avangrid, Inc. (AGR)All Cash$8.05 B$50.30$48.04662,9676/30/224.70%23.52%
+VG11/22/21Ericsson (ERIC)All Cash$6.2 B$21.00$20.161,762,1986/30/224.17%20.83%
+SJI2/24/22Infrastructure Investments Fund (N/A)All Cash$8.1 B$36.00$34.56456,35212/31/224.17%5.92%
+COHR3/25/21II-VI Incorporated (IIVI)Cash Plus Stock$6.84 B$276.40$265.7104,2395/31/224.03%34.19%
+CCMP12/15/21Entegris, Inc. (ENTG)Cash Plus Stock$6.5 B$182.62$176.2226,19012/31/223.64%5.17%
+MGI2/15/22Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (N/A)All Cash$1.8 B$11.00$10.621,046,61712/31/223.58%5.08%
+HTA2/28/22Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (HR)Cash Plus Stock$10.74 B$32.34$31.332,749,3159/30/223.22%7.13%
+MNDT3/08/22Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)All Cash$5.4 B$23.00$22.358,739,50812/31/222.91%4.13%
+CDR3/02/22Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR)All Cash$291.3 M$29.00$28.3133,7676/30/222.47%12.37%
+GCP12/06/21Saint-Gobain (N/A)All Cash$2.3 B$32.00$31.26272,43012/31/222.37%3.36%
+MSP4/11/22Kaseya (N/A)All Cash$6.2 B$35.50$34.731,699,86112/31/222.22%3.15%
+NLSN3/29/22Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation (N/A)All Cash$16 B$28.00$27.422,772,89512/31/222.19%3.11%
+RNDB3/28/22Hometown Financial Group, Inc. (N/A)All Cash$146.5 M$27.00$26.4310,84912/31/222.16%3.06%
+EXTN1/24/22Enerflex Ltd. (EFX.TO)All Stock$735 M$7.64$7.49248,2649/30/222.06%4.56%
+CERN12/20/21Oracle Corporation (ORCL)All Cash$28.4 B$95.00$93.31,257,32412/31/221.82%2.59%
+MTOR2/22/22Cummins Inc. (CMI)All Cash$3.7 B$36.50$35.854,344,80512/31/221.81%2.58%
+CTXS1/31/22Vista Equity Partners and Elliott Investment Management LP (N/A)All Cash$16.5 B$104.00$102.24926,1356/30/221.72%8.61%
+LHCG3/28/22Optum (N/A)All Cash$6.2 B$170.00$167.14958,39012/31/221.71%2.43%
+SAIL4/11/22Thoma Bravo (N/A)All Cash$6.9 B$65.25$64.1610,663,41412/31/221.70%2.41%
+SUMR3/16/22Kids2, Inc. (N/A)All Cash$97.44 M$12.00$11.82,6066/30/221.69%8.47%
+PBIP3/02/22Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT)Cash Plus Stock$142.1 M$16.29$16.029,7889/30/221.68%3.71%
+FBC4/26/21New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB)All Stock$2.6 B$40.31$39.66264,3133/31/221.64%0.00%
+NSEC1/26/22VR Insurance Holdings, Inc. (N/A)All Cash$41.4 M$16.35$16.098086/30/221.62%8.08%
+ROG11/02/21DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD)All Cash$5.2 B$277.00$272.67145,8556/30/221.59%7.94%
+CNR3/07/22Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (N/A)All Cash$5.8 B$24.65$24.351,373,4099/30/221.23%2.73%
+IIN2/28/22Altaris Capital Partners, LLC (N/A)All Cash$183.22 M$24.25$23.9667,7606/30/221.21%6.05%
+FOE5/11/21Prince International Corporation (N/A)All Cash$2.1 B$22.00$21.74338,1786/30/221.20%5.98%
+PLAN3/20/22Thoma Bravo (N/A)All Cash$10.7 B$66.00$65.236,213,7726/30/221.18%5.90%
+WBT7/14/21Ali Holding S.r.l. (N/A)All Cash$4.8 B$24.00$23.751,014,8816/30/221.05%5.26%
+OCDX12/23/21Quidel Corporation (QDEL)Cash Plus Stock$8.33 B$18.84$18.65437,3706/30/221.04%5.21%
+XENT8/06/21Medtronic plc (MDT)All Cash$1.1 billion$28.25$27.96235,4634/30/221.04%31.55%
+REGI2/28/22Chevron Corporation (CVX)All Cash$2.75 B$61.50$60.881,319,65812/31/221.02%1.45%
+CDK4/07/22Brookfield Business Partners (N/A)All Cash$8.3 B$54.87$54.444,543,6079/30/220.79%1.75%
+MN4/01/22Callodine (N/A)All Cash$137.1 M$12.85$12.75127,8949/30/220.78%1.73%
+TUFN4/06/22Turn/River Capital (N/A)All Cash$570 M$13.00$12.9426,1486/30/220.78%3.88%
+TVTY4/05/22Stone Point Capital (N/A)All Cash$2 B$32.50$32.261,250,4549/30/220.74%1.65%
+UMPQ10/12/21Columbia Banking System, Inc. (COLB)All Stock$4.5 B$17.98$17.85825,8616/30/220.74%3.68%
+ATRS4/13/22Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO)All Cash$960 M$5.60$5.5620,796,1846/30/220.72%3.60%
+ESBK10/04/21Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU)All Cash$82.8 M$23.10$22.962,0003/31/220.61%0.00%
+MGP8/04/21VICI Properties Inc. (VICI)All Stock$17.2 billion$39.74$39.541,009,0176/30/220.50%2.49%
+SRRA4/13/22GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)All Cash$1.1 B$55.00$54.752,882,9169/30/220.46%1.01%
+APTS2/16/22Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (N/A)All Cash$5.8 B$25.00$24.89979,9966/30/220.44%2.21%
+ANAT8/09/21Brookfield Asset Management Reinsurance Partners Ltd. (BAMR)All Cash$5.1 B$190.00$189.1758,1816/30/220.44%2.19%
+MIME12/07/21Permira (N/A)All Cash$5.8 B$80.00$79.67656,5566/30/220.41%2.07%
+JOBS6/21/21Garnet Faith Limited (N/A)All Cash$3.63 B$61.00$60.77384,8396/30/220.38%1.89%
+EPAY12/17/21Thoma Bravo (N/A)All Cash$2.6 B$57.00$56.81357,5236/30/220.33%1.67%
+GNOG8/09/21DraftKings Inc. (DKNG)All Stock$1.52 B$6.02$6420,2465/31/220.31%2.67%
+Y3/21/22Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)All Cash$11.6 B$848.02$845.49101,73012/31/220.30%0.42%
+VOLT3/14/22Vega Consulting, Inc. (N/A)All Cash$181.81 M$6.00$5.99166,9596/30/220.17%0.83%
+ECOL2/09/22Republic Services, Inc. (RSG)All Cash$2.2 B$48.00$47.941,139,3686/30/220.13%0.63%
+TSC10/20/21Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF)Cash Plus Stock$1.1 B$33.95$33.91143,3746/30/220.12%0.59%
+HBP3/21/22Woodgrain Inc. (N/A)All Cash$350 M$10.70$10.69227,1846/30/220.09%0.47%
+POLY3/28/22HP Inc. (HPQ)All Cash$3.3 B$40.00$40.05675,74712/31/22-0.12%-0.18%
+ABTX11/10/21CBTX, Inc. (CBTX)All Stock$1.5 B$40.82$40.9144,4356/30/22-0.22%-1.08%
+AZPN10/11/21Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)Special Conditions$12.34 B$160.00$161.95223,1846/30/22-1.20%-6.02%
+SAVE2/07/22Frontier Group Holdings, Inc. (ULCC)Cash Plus Stock$6.6 B$24.34$25.121,869,45312/31/22-3.12%-4.44%
+EMCF3/24/22Farmers National Banc Corp. (FMNB)All Stock$105 M$34.40$36.97,28012/31/22-6.78%-9.62%
+VWTR4/14/22D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI)All Cash$260 M$15.75$17.163,387,3306/30/22-8.22%-41.08%
+NP3/28/22Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM)All Stock$1.18 B$35.54$39.4461,08712/31/22-9.89%-14.05%


Multiple active deals faced challenges last week. Alleghany (Y), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), and Nielsen Holdings (NLSN) have activist shareholders trying to block their respective transactions. Spirit Airlines (SAVE) received a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). SPAC activity continues to dwindle with only one SPAC IPO filed and one SPAC business combination announced.

Disclaimer: I have long positions in 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.