3M Buyout Sends Ceradyne Soaring

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It was announced early today that 3M will buy ceramic-components maker Ceradyne for $35 a share and a total net sum of $670 million. The news shot shares of Ceradyne into the stratosphere, closing the day up 43%. Current 3M shareholders appeared to be content with the deal, with shares closing up nearly 1%.

3M believes the acquisition will help it expand into the ceramics business, as its technology becomes more prevalent in modern-day applications like ball bearings and defense applications. The deal will add $500 million to 3M's revenue and $0.01 to earnings per share, excluding acquisition costs.

3M CEO Inge Thulin had mentioned there are potential deals in the pipeline, and the company will probably pursue larger deals. Investors can only wonder whether this is one of the first of these potential acquisitions. 

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  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2012, at 2:26 PM, Mikey925 wrote:

    This is a total "take-under".

    The Board of Directors at CRDN will be sued left and right given that they are not embracing their fiducicary responsibility to shareholders!

    Net out the cash per share and short-term liabilities, and this deal is for a mere $27.90

    No wonder why there are (at last count) a total of 5 lawfirms looking to file claims on behalf of investors!

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