BMC Software says it has agreed to be sold to a private investor group for about $6.6 billion in cash. BMC Software Inc. makes system management software for businesses. The Houston-based company says that the deal is for $46.25 per share. That's less than 2% above Friday's closing stock price of $45.42.
Honeywell International Inc. is buying privately held gas and radiation detection system maker RAE Systems Inc. for $340 million. Minneapolis-based Honeywell, which makes products ranging from aircraft systems to automotive parts and chemicals, said the acquisition will complement its existing business and expand its expertise and its geographic footprint, particularly in high-growth countries like China.
Companies around the world are still reluctant to go on the acquisition trail even though they are becoming are more confident about the global economy, a survey found Monday. In its half-yearly assessment of the intentions of big companies, accounting and consultancy firm Ernst & Young said the growing optimism has yet to be translated into more investment or corporate deal-making.
There appears to be one less bidder pursuing an acquisition of slumping personal computer maker Dell. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Blackstone Group has retreated from its plans to submit an offer to buy most of Dell Inc.'s outstanding stock for $14.25 per share.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Life Technologies Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Thermo Fisher will acquire Life Technologies for $76.00 in cash per fully diluted common share, or approximately $13.6 billion, plus the assumption of net debt at close ($2.2 billion as of year end 2012).
First Solar Inc., in a major strategic shift, will begin making a type of solar panel it has long competed against in an effort to win new customers. First Solar announced Tuesday it would acquire TetraSun, which has developed a design for high-efficiency solar panels, from JX Nippon Oil & Gas Energy Corp.
A Cincinnati-based security and defense products company says it has completed the purchase of the commercial armored vehicle division of BAE Systems for about $10 million. The CEO of the O'Gara Group Inc. and BAE Systems PLC said Monday that the O'Gara group completed the purchase of the West Chester-based BAE division.
Laird Technologies Inc. announced the acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc. Nextreme’s technology, delivering high-precision cooling in an ultrasmall form factor, will advance Laird’s leadership in its existing thermal management business.
IBM said Friday that it will acquire the software of privately held Star Analytics Inc., adding to its business analytics division. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. IBM Corp. said that Star Analytics software helps automate some reporting systems within companies and can eliminate some manual processes for tracking data that can take longer.
PPG has completed the sale of its $2.5 billion commodity chemicals business to Georgia Gulf, the companies said Monday. The combination of the former PPG unit and Georgia Gulf has been renamed Axiall Corp., which will start trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the "AXLL" ticker.
NeoPhotonics is buying a semiconductor optical components division of Japan's Rohm Co. for $36.8 million, saying Tuesday that the purchase could give it better tools for telecommunications customers. The unit, which is part of Rohm subsidiary Lapis Semiconductor Co., provides lasers and other devices for high-speed communications networks.
Genetic analysis instrument company Illumina is buying prenatal testing company Verinata Health Inc. in a deal worth up to $450 million. Illumina Inc. said Monday that it will pay $350 million for privately-held Verinata and may pay up to an additional $100 million through 2015 if certain targets are met.