Deals wrap: AIG’s $9 billion stock offer less than half of what was expected

May 11, 2011

American International Group and the Treasury will sell nearly $9 billion in stock as the bailed-out insurer begins its return to public control. This offering is less than half of what had been expected when Wall Street banks offered their services to manage the stock sale in January. The company was rescued in September 2008, receiving $182 billion in bailouts and managed to restructure while preserving two core businesses. At the time, few expected AIG would even exist today.

Professional networking service website LinkedIn is looking to go public, a move that could value the company at more than $3 billion. In this article, NYT’s Steven M. Davidoff explains why certain plans LinkedIn has for its IPO would “not only disenfranchise its future shareholders, but contains elements that have been heavily criticized by corporate governance advocates.”

The impact of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile on competition, pricing and consumer choice will be examined at a congressional hearing, where top executives are scheduled to appear to defend the deal. A successful merger would concentrate 80 percent of U.S. wireless contract customers in just two companies — AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

Microsoft’s decision to acquire internet phone service Skype for a hefty $8.5 billion was immediately slammed by analysts, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant paid too much. Reuters Breakingviews columnist Richard Beales thinks that, in theory, there are potential advantages to the deal but points out how Microsoft’s poor M&A track record and the high price means the transaction is unlikely to ever connect with investors.

Medco Health Solutions CEO David Snow says no biotech company is too big to be bought. He told the Reuters Health Summit he sees major drugmakers needing the growth potential of biotech more than ever.

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