Why Metals USA and Reliance Steel Shares Jumped

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What: Shares of Metals USA (NYSE: MUSA  ) jumped as much as 13% today after Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE: RS  ) agreed to acquired it for $766 million. Reliance shares were up as much as 10% on the news.

So what: The $766 million price tag is equivalent to $20.65 a share, 13% above yesterday's closing price of $18.30, so it's no surprise to see Metals' gain matching the premium. The deal includes a 30-day period allowing Metals to shop itself to other bidders, and Metals USA will keep its brand name. Both boards have unanimously approved the acquisition, but it is still awaiting agreement from Metals shareholders.

Now what: Two lawsuits charging a breach of fiduciary duty have already been announced, but litigation often follows acquisitions and shouldn't prevent it from happening. Targets of acquisitions often jump after the buyout is announced, but it's rare to see the acquirer gaining this much. Clearly, the market thinks Metals USA and its 48 distribution centers will enhance Reliance's strategic position, already the country's largest metals service-center company.

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