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So what: In the announced deal, Cooper shareholders will get $39.15 per share in cash and 0.77479 share of Eaton stock, worth about $72 per share in total. The buyout is expected to add $0.65 per share in earnings to Eaton in 2014 and $0.75 per share in 2015.
Now what: For shareholders in Cooper, this could be a good time to cash out, reducing the risk of a deal not going through. For Eaton, the acquisition comes at a high cost and makes the stock look more expensive than the current 10.6 trailing P/E ratio. It is now less of a value play than it used to be.
Deal-making in the space by Eaton and ABB (NYSE: ABB ) has also driven up the price of competitor Hubbell (NYSE: HUB-B ) today as the market speculates that its business may be undervalued as well. In my view, this is a nice time to cash out on high stock prices because acquisitions of this size don't have a long history of adding shareholder value.
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