Bid & Ask

Compiled by Caroline Winter


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

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

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

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

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

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

• Energy company Unit will pay $617 million for oil and natural gas assets in Texas and Oklahoma from Noble Energy.

DiamondRock Hospitality 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 for $495 million.

• 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.

• 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.


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