4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories to Close Out the Week

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $27.04

Not a complete surpise here, but Facebook has purchased Microsoft’s Atlas ad serving and tracking unit, marking a significant move as the social networking giant gets more serious about its $4 billion ad business. No financials of the transaction were divulged, but AdAge had placed the likely price earlier in February under $100 million. Microsoft itself had obtained Atlas as a part of its $6.2 billion aQuantive acquisition, and has since been selling that purchase off in parts.

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Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY): Current price $16.75

The electronics giant reported that it received no offer from founder Richard Schulze by the deadline Thursday and will thus continue to concentrate on its refresh. The discussions ended after Schulze and private-equity investors tried to get three board seats in exchange for purchasing a minority stake in the company, according to two knowledgeable sources.

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Sauer-Danfoss (NYSE:SHS): Current price $58.71

Sauer-Danfoss agreed on Friday to sell itself to Danfoss, which will buy the 24.4 percent of Sauer-Danfoss common shares it does not already own at $58.50 per share in cash. This price represents a 48.6 percent bonus to the close of Sauer-Danfoss shares on November 27, 2012, which  was the day prior to the announcement of the Danfoss proposal, a 19.4 percent increase from the $49 proposal made by Danfoss on November 28, 2012 and, a 5.3 percent premium to the highest trading price of Sauer-Danfoss shares for the 52-week period prior to the report of the Danfoss proposal. Additionally, the board of Sauer-Danfoss has declared a dividend for the first quarter, in which stockholders of record as of March 15, 2013 will receive a cash dividend of 35 cents per share payable on March 29th.

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Flowers Foods (NYSE:FLO): Current price $28.27

Flowers has confirmed that its stalking horse bid for Hostess Brands Wonder, Merita, Nature’s Pride, Home Pride, and Butternut bread brands; 20 bakeries; and about 38 depots at a price of $360 million was declared the highest and best bid for the assets, thus removing any need for the auction that had been set for February 28th. This procedure now moves to the next phase, which is a review and approval of Flowers’ offer by the bankruptcy court overseeing Hostess’ bankruptcy case at a hearing scheduled for March 19th.

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