The Next Mergers & Buyouts For 2012

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As of late last week we had many potentially imminent buyouts that could have hit the market.  When we were just finishing the report draft on Friday is when the Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMLN) deal was announced.  Now there are reports that the ongoing bidding war for Quest Software Inc. (NASDAQ: QSFT) is ending and a smaller merger to acquire Brightpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: CELL) has also hit the tape.  24/7 Wall St. wanted to give investors a review of the other potentially pending mergers which could come as soon as this summer.

Our list of merger candidates includes Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN), RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA), and SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU).  We also wanted to address the possibilities of MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and/or Leap Wireless International Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) entering the M&A pool.  We have looked at formal valuations on each of these with consideration of earnings or losses, market values, and what Wall Street analysts belive a fair-value happens to be.

Late Friday night came word that Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMLN) was going to finally be acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY) for $5.3 billion or $31.00 per share in cash.  What is interesting is that if you divvy up the side deals the company is being acquired for far less.  This one had been a buyout candidate for years and started to come to fruition only in recent months with many rumored suitors.  What was interesting here is that the buyout price was about 50% higher than what Wall Street analysts were willing to value this company at on a standalone basis.

It was announced early Monday morning that technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) was going to acquire Brightpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: CELL) for its footprint covering the wireless and mobile segment of the electronics distribution.  The high-premium buyout of $9.00 per share in cash is a 66% premium to last week’s close and is valued at approximately $840 million after the assumption of debt.  Brightpoint has been a sleeper stock, but some investors thought that this one might be acquired all the way back in the late 1990s.

Quest Software Inc. (NASDAQ: QSFT) is in a bidding war with private equity and other parties, which leaves Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) as the primary rumored bidder ($2.4 billion deal now confirmed at $28 per share in cash).  The stock price is above the current offer and the market value of $2.35 billion is not exactly too expensive to justify at under 17-times expected earnings.  The data and enterprise management software player had already said that it has a ‘superior’ offer of $27.50 per share and the rumors are out that deal terms could come as early as this week.

Here are the next potential mergers and buyouts we are tracking.