Markets & Finance

Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week


1. U.S. health insurer WellPoint (WLP) will pay $4.9 billion for Amerigroup (AGP), a move that may spur a wave of acquisitions as companies compete to manage an expanding Medicaid market.

2. The world’s No. 1 semiconductor maker, Intel (INTC), agreed to invest as much as $4.1 billion in Dutch chip equipment maker ASML Holding (ASML) to speed development of new production techniques.

3. Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal entertainment unit will sell its 15.8 percent stake in A&E Networks to co-owners Walt Disney (DIS) and Hearst for $3 billion.

4. Hawker Beechcraft, the bankrupt business jet maker owned by Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Onex (OCX:CN), may draw more auction bids after agreeing to sell itself to Superior Aviation Beijing for $1.8 billion.

5. The world’s largest soupmaker, Campbell Soup (CPB), will pay about $1.6 billion for California-based Bolthouse Farms to bolster its juice business.

6. New York-based Thomson Reuters (TRI), a financial news and information provider, is buying FX Alliance (FX) for about $620 million to gain access to more than 1,300 clients.

7. Energy company Unit (UNT) will pay $617 million for oil and natural gas assets in Texas and Oklahoma from Noble Energy (NBL).

8. DiamondRock Hospitality (DRH) agreed to acquire a portfolio of four hotels, including the Hilton Boston and the Westin Washington D.C., from affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI (BX) for $495 million.

9. Aiming to repay debt, Fender Musical Instruments, the No. 1 seller of guitars in the U.S., filed to raise as much as $161 million in an IPO.

10. India paid a reported $1.1 million for a collection of letters, papers, photos, and artifacts relating to Mahatma Gandhi. The archive was formerly owned by the architect Hermann Kallenbach, a close friend of Gandhi’s.

Ghandi photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Cwinter
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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