January 27, 2012
Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of Eastman Chemical (NYSE: EMN ) and Solutia (NYSE: SOA ) both jumped more than 10% after the former announced it was buying the latter.
So what: Solutia's shares charged 40% higher on the buyout offer that would pay $22 per share of cash and offer 0.12 shares of Eastman Chemical per share. The offer, as of the close last night, would have been worth $27.65 per share, but the deal was sweetened a bit when Eastman's shares rose as much as 11% in trading today.
Now what: Unless the offer is increased, or a bidding war emerges, this is a great time for Solutia investors to cash out. Selling now eliminates risk of a deal falling through and doesn't lock you into Eastman Chemical shares if you wait for the deal to close. As for Eastman Chemical, this deal gives it some great growth prospects, especially in Asia, and with an 11.7 trailing P/E ratio this could be a cheap stock long-term.
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