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Benzinga’s M&A Chatter for Thursday August 14, 2014

Courtesy of Benzinga.

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Thursday August 14, 2014:

Heartland Payment Systems Acquires Leaf

The Deal:
Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) announced Thursday, that it acquired Leaf, which created a POS tablet specifically designed for commerce. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Heartland Payment Systems shares closed Thursday at $47.17, a gain of $0.01%.

OmniVision Receives Non Binding Proposal for $29/Share

The Offer:
OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced Thursday, that its board of directors has received a non-binding proposal in a letter dated August 12, 2014 from Hua Capital Management, indicating that a group of investors led by HCM proposes to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of OmniVision for $29.00 per share in cash. HCM is headed by Dr. Xisheng Zhang of Hua Capital Management, whose previous company, Accelicon was acquired by Agilent in 2011.

OmniVision’s board of directors is reviewing HCM’s proposal.

OmniVision Technologies closed at $28.29 Thursday, a gain of 15%.

Report Shutterfly Receiving Competing Bids from PE Firms

Shares of Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY) surged higher Thursday, on a report from The Deal that the company is receiving competing bids from private equity companies. The deal reportedly will close this year.

The Rumor:Bloomberg reported on July 2, that Shutterfly had hired Qatalyst to handle a potential sale. Deal Reporter said on July 30, that Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) were looking at Shutterfly as a potential takeover target.

Shutterfly closed Thursday at $49.67, a gain of more than 4%.

Coca-Cola Acquires 16.7% Equity Stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15B

The Deal:
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) announced Thursday that they have entered into agreements for a long-term strategic partnership, under which Coca-Cola will acquire an approximately 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion. Coke will have two directors on Monster’s Board and will become Monster’s preferred distribution partner globally.

The deal is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015.

Benzinga reported back in 2012, that Coca-Cola might be planning a takeover of the energy drink company.

Monster Beverage closed Thursday at $71.65, and traded as high as $97.48 after-hours on the news. Coca-Cola ended the regular session at $40.18 and traded as high as $40.82 after-hours.

Posted-In: News Rumors Management Insider Trades M&A Movers

Whitney Tilson Says More Confident of Herbalife Short Position Following Ackman Presentation

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Whitney Tilson said in an email Tuesday, that he is more confident in his short position in Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), following Bill Ackman’s presentation. Tilson said he now believes his position has a 76% chance of succeeding vs 63% prior. That’s based on his belief that there is a 95% chance most of the company’s operations are a pyramid scheme, and there is now an 80% chance regulators will intervene.

Herbalife shares rose steadily throughout Ackman’s presentation Tuesday, and end the day up 25% at $77.67

Posted-In: News Movers & Shakers Insider Trades General

Benzinga’s M&A Chatter for Tuesday August 19, 2014

Courtesy of Benzinga.

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Tuesday August 19, 2014:

GigOptix Proposes to Acquire GSI Technology for $6.50/Share in Cash, Stock Deal

The Offer:
GigOptix (NYSE MKT: GIG) announced Tuesday that it is proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of GSI Technology (NASDAQ: GSIT) for $6.50 per share, consisting of $2.00 per share in cash, plus GigOptix common stock worth $1.33 based upon the volume-weighted average price of GigOptix’s common stock for the three trading days ending one day prior to the closing of the combination and a special dividend of $3.17 per share in cash payable by GSI Technology.

GSI Technology acknowledged the unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal from GigOptix, and said its Board of Directors will promptly and carefully review and consider the proposal, respond to it and advise its stockholders of the Board’s response.

GSI Technology closed at $5.41 Tuesday, a gain of 9.55%. GigOptix shares rose $0.01, to close at $1.34.

Allergan Could Acquire Salix for as Much as $190/Share

The Rumor:Shares of Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) rose sharply Tuesday, on a report from WSJ that Allergan (NYSE: AGN) could acquire the Raleigh, NC drug company for as much as $190 per share or $10 billion, according to sources. The rumored move is being seen as an attempt to make it more difficult for Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX) to acquire Allergan.

Shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals rose almost 3% for the day, on reports it too could be a potential takeover target.

Allergan declined comment on the rumor. Salix did not respond to a request for a comment.

Salix Pharmaceuticals closed Tuesday at $160.80, a gain of 15.5%, while Allergan closed at $161.82, a gain of 4%. Shares of Valeant closed at $113.72 a gain of 3.5%.

Report Family Dollar Likely to Reject Dollar General Bid

The Rumor:
CNBC’s David Faber reported Tuesday that Family Dollar’s (NYSE: FDO) Board of Directors is likely to meet this week to discuss the bid…
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PetSmart Up On Report It Will Go On Block

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) shares spiked Tuesday on a report that the company will explore a potential sale.

Reuters said several shareholders led by activist investor Jana Partners have succeeded in efforts pushing the pet supply retailer to sell itself.

PetSmart may announce plans to explore strategic alternatives as soon as this week, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters.

Jana, led by activist investor Barry Rosenstein, has held an 9.8 percent stake in PetSmart since last month when it called on Petsmart to review strategic alternatives, including a sale.

It sent a similar letter to PetSmart last week and on Monday disclosed it had received an anonymously delivered internal PetSmart document that outlined how it planned to fend off Jana.

PetSmart closed at $69.70, up 1.84 percent.

Posted-In: News Rumors M&A Hot After-Hours Center

3 Reasons Why Time Warner Should Acquire Xbox Entertainment Studios

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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After months of hype for new, original content, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced that it would shut down its entertainment division.

The Hollywood Reporter last week revealed that Microsoft might sell Xbox Entertainment Studios to another entity instead. Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) is reportedly one of the first companies Microsoft spoke to about the possible sale.

Not everyone is buying into the rumor. Albert Fried & Company analyst Rich Tullo told Benzinga that there is a possibility that Microsoft will simply "close it down, take a couple hundred million-dollar tax break," and put that cash back into the company.

"That's possible," said Tullo. "More possible."

Related Link: 6 Companies That Could Acquire AMC Networks

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the studio would be closed, he made no mention of a possible sale. If that has changed, there are a few reasons why Time Warner would want take control of the company.

1. Big Licenses Right Out Of The Box

Xbox Entertainment Studios comes with licenses (and content that is already in production) for a number of notable properties, including Halo. Microsoft has collectively sold more than 50 million copies of the various Halo games, and a new sequel is headed to Xbox One in the distant future.

It is not hard to fathom what a well-made Halo film could do for Time Warner. It may not be as big as Harry Potter or Batman, but it could still provide the company with millions of dollars in additional revenue.

2. Top Talent

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg will produce one of the two Halo series. The other, a…
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3 Hot Takeover Targets In The Food And Beverage Industry

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Coca-Cola's (NYSE: KO) announcement last week that it had acquired a $2.15 billion, 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) pairs the biggest soda company in the world with the biggest energy drink brand in the United States.

Investor Reaction Positive

The deal, two years after the two companies almost struck a similar deal, was positively received by shareholders of both companies as well as investors who helped boost stock prices shortly after the announcement.

Related Link: Will Publix Try To Acquire Whole Foods?

Keurig Green Mountain

Coke’s latest acquisition follows the company’s initial 10 percent stake in coffee company, Keurig Green Mountain for $1.25 billion. Coke later bumped its stake up to 16 percent.

Both companies have been working together to develop a machine that will let consumers make their own Coke-branded soda.

Who’s Next?

Monster and Keurig are not the only food and beverage companies potentially ripe for investment or acquisition; Coca-Cola isn't the only major player poised to take action.

So who's next?

1. Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB)

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway already owns a 50 percent share of ketchup maker, Heinz. Bloomberg suggested the Omaha Oracle might also be interested in soup maker Campbell if the price was right.

With a negative Sell rating and price target downgrade by Goldman Sachs, not to mention an Underweight designation by Morgan Stanley, Forbes made a similar suggestion as recently as July.

2. SABMiller (OTC: SBMRY)

Following InBev’s $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch six years ago, talk that Anheuser-Busch InBev could make a play for another major rival has been a…
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Carl Icahn Snipes At Family Dollar After Questions Raised On His Role

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Icahn Suits Up for War with Family Dollar Management (Fox Business)

Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) edged higher Tuesday well above the latest buyout offer, while its former investor Carl Icahn made some critical comments from the sidelines.

But Icahn's statement is sharply at odds with Dollar Tree's (NASDAQ: DLTR) account of merger negotiations filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Icahn accused Family Dollar of not fully exploring options and seeking to protect the position of its chief executive, Howard R. Levine, by discouraging bidders other than Dollar Tree with a $301 million breakup fee.

"How far will crony Boards go) to protect the CEO at the expense of shareholders?" Icahn asked rhetorically in a blog post Monday.

Yet Dollar Tree said Icahn drove away its rival bidder for Family Dollar. The bidder, identified as "Company A" in the filing, is widely believed to be Dollar General (NYSE: DG).

Although discussions were held with "Company A" as early as October of last year, following Icahn's involvement it backed out of discussions on June 7, a day after Icahn disclosed his stake.

The company indicated it "would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing said.

Dollar General Monday made unsolicited $78.50 per share cash offer for Family Dollar, topping Dollar Tree's $74.50 bid.

Icahn on July 28 called Dollar Tree's bid "yet another validation of the activist investment philosophy" and sold most of his Family Dollar stake soon after.

Family Dollar traded recently at $79.95 per share, up 0.18 percent.

Posted-In: Carl IcahnNews Rumors M&A

LinkedIn Drops On Rumor Einhorn Is Shorting Shares

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) dipped as much as two percent Tuesday on a rumor that noted short-seller David Einhorn had taken a short position in the company.

LinkedIn shares are up 36 percent in the past month and recently beat second-quarter expectations by a significant margin. But its shares are volatile and the company missed consensus views in two of the past three quarters.

Einhorn, in his quarterly letter to investors last month, said "there are a number of tech stocks caught up in a smaller version of the 1999-2000 Internet bubble and we've created a bubble basket to short them."

Einhorn didn't disclose stocks included in the basket.

As of July 31, short interest represented 5.4 million of LinkedIn's 218.7 million shares outstanding. That's nearly unchanged from mid-July.

LinkedIn traded recently at $218.80, off $0.14.

Posted-In: David EinhornNews Rumors

Phone Arena Says Sapphire Glass Unlikely to be Ready for iPhone 6 September Launch

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A report from the UK’s Guardian on Sunday stated that mass production of Apple’s 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models with sapphire glass started this month. A report from Phone Arena says it is unlikely the sapphire glass would be ready in time for the rumored September launch. The publication, citing a J.P. Morgan source, says a premium iPhone with sapphire glass won’t be released until Summer 2015.

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Posted-In: Phone ArenaNews Rumors Movers Tech

Google to Launch YouTube Music Key Subscription Service

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) YouTube is going to launch YouTube Music Key, a subscription music service, with ad-free music, audio-only playback and offline playback, according to a report from Android Police. YouTube Music Key will cost $9.99 per month, following a free 30-day trial.

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Posted-In: Android PoliceNews Rumors Tech


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