The world’s largest generic drugmaker, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries plans to buy U.S. specialty drugmaker Cephalon for $6.8 billion, topping an unsolicited bid by Canadian rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
Warner Music’s $3 billion buyout could be done by the end of the week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Final buyout bids for the company are due today. Warner Music’s board effectively put itself up for sale in January when it appointed Goldman Sachs and AGM Partners to assess interest from external parties.
A group of Facebook shareholders is seeking to offload $1 billion worth of shares on the secondary market, a sale that would value the company at more than $70 billion, according to sources. It would represent one of the largest transactions of Facebook shares to date and points to a growing wariness among early-stage investors and employees who fear the social networking service’s growth cannot keep pace with its market valuation.
The sellers have lowered their price after previously trying to offload shares at a price that valued the company at $90 billion, but buyers balked.
French dairy giant Lactalis launched a $4.9 billion offer to take over Italy’s Parmalat, prompting intervention by Italy and France to defuse a row over control of the Italian company. The bid comes just hours ahead of a meeting between Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French president Nicolas Sarkozy where the Italian government has expressed worries about French moves on Italian companies. Europe’s biggest dairy group bought 29 percent of Parmalat in March which sparked alarm in Rome.
China’s Minmetals Resources said it has dropped out of the battle for copper miner Equinox Minerals, saying Barrick Gold’s $7.7 billion bid was too rich to justify a counter-offer. “Competing with Barrick at these prices would, in our view, be value destructive for (our) shareholders,” Andrew Michelmore, Minmetals’ chief executive, said in a statement.
Barrick Gold said it will acquire Australia’s Equinox Minerals for more than C$7 billion ($7.36 billion), topping an offer by China’s Minmetals Resources. Barrick said it has committed cash and financing in place for the transaction.
NYSE Euronext sees higher savings of almost 400 million euros ($584 million) in its $9.8 billion deal with Deutsche Boerse, up by about a third from its initial estimates, according to a Big Board spokesman. The new savings estimate, along with 100 million euros in benefits coming from cross-selling and distribution opportunities, would bring the total savings and benefits from the deal to about $725 million.
Nasdaq OMX and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) said they have lined up a commitment to finance their rival bid for NYSE Euronext and have offered to pay a breakup fee if the deal fails to go through. This article from The Wall Street Journal lists the details of how Nasdaq and ICE is plan to sweeten their offer for the exchange even more.
Samsung Electronics is selling its hard-disk-drive (HDD) business to Seagate Technologies for 1.4 billion in cash and stock as Samsung looks to back out from the industry and focus on its core money-making memory-chip business. The acquisition will help Seagate, the world’s largest maker of hard drives better compete with rival Western Digital, which has plans to buy Hitachi’s HDD unit for $4.3 billion.
Glencore is looking to raise up to $12.1 billion for its initial public offering in a duel listing that will boost firepower for deals at the height of the resource boom. The long-awaited details of the offer, set to be the largest ever in London, were outlined in an intention-to-float that confirmed an earlier Reuters story. However, the company did not name a new non-executive chairman, a requirement for its listing.
NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse are looking at several options to win support for their $10.2 billion deal, including paying special dividends to shareholders, according to sources briefed on the matter. The idea of paying the special dividends is to win shareholders support over an unsolicited higher offer from Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange Inc (ICE). While NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse currently pay dividends, Nasdaq and ICE do not.
Schneider Electric issued a statement denying it had planned to buy U.S. conglomerate Tyco International, but this did little to kill the buyout talks as a source with knowledge of the matter said the French engineering group held earlier talks with Tyco. Shares of Schneider initially rose more than 2 percent after the denial but dropped after analysts made comments speculating a tie-up may be coming soon, and is expected to weigh on shares in the long term.
BP’s tie-up with Rosneft was at risk of collapse on Wednesday as the state-controlled Russian oil major said it would not extend a Thursday deadline on a $16 billion share swap. The possible failure of the deal would hurt CEO Bob Dudley, who on Thursday faces shareholders angered by the Gulf of Mexico disaster as BP holds its annual general meeting.
The planned $18 billion deal between BP and Rosneft was left even more uncertain after its chief backer Igor Sechin stepped down as Rosneft’s chairman. Sechin, who is also Russia’s deputy prime minster quit after President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the removal of ministers from the board of state companies. BP’s tie-up with Rosneft is already blocked by a court injunction secured by the company’s Russian partners in its TNK-BP venture.
HP held talks with software company Tibco about a possible acquisition until about two weeks ago, according to sources familiar with the matter. The talks come as new CEO Leo Apotheker is expected to revitalize the company’s software division via acquisitions, which only accounts for 3 percent of its revenue. It is not clear if the talks will resume.
Nasdaq OMX Group responded to NYSE Euronext’s snub by reaffirming their cash and stock offer for the exchange was superior to that of the bid submitted by German rival Deutsche Boerse AG. Nasdaq’s CEO, Robert Greifeld said in a statement they have received positive feedback from NYSE Euronext shareholders and expects, at the very least a meeting with NYSE Euronext to discuss further details. Shares of Deutsche Boerse rose 1 percent after NYSE Euronext’s rejection of Nasdaq’s offer.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Holding Inc. will buy American Medical Systems for $2.6 billion in cash to boost its key urology franchise. The deal is expected to immediately add to Endo’s adjusted earnings for 2011 and to boost 2012 adjusted earnings.
In addition to his duties setting the strategic direction for PIMCO and overseeing its operations globally, El-Erian is also widely published on international economic and financial topics.
Here are links to several pieces he has contributed to Reuters, Bloomberg and the Financial Times, expressing his opinions about the economic after-shock facing Japan, the changing landscape in the Middle East and the recovery outlook for the U.S.