Friday, 16 September 2011

Mergers & Acquisitions - Week Ending 16/09/11

On Monday, McGraw-Hill said that it would split in two; separating its business information and educational units in an attempt to improve the standing of its listless share price. It closed up 4%. Broadcom purchased NetLogic Microsystems for $3.7 billion in an all-cash deal. The semiconductor firm wants to compliment its current communications range with more advanced networking chips. The buyer fell by 1.1%, while NetLogic was boosted by 50%, reflecting the massive premium offered. Also that day, engineering firm Charter International was bought by Colfax for $2.4 billion. The global supplier of pumps and valves was down 8.6%.

The next major deal came late on Wednesday, when Teradyne, acquired fellow test-equipment manufacturer LitePoint Corporation for $510 million. Despite this large expansion, shares in the buyer were relatively unaffected. The following day, GTCR announced that it would buy Fundtech $390 million. The private equity firm plans to combine it with BankServ, a money transfer company. The financial software provider jumped 32% by the bell.