In case you missed any of these catchy tunes last week, it's not too late to boogie down. Grab your headphones, CD player, iPod, speakers, guitar, cowbell, whatever you need -- it's time for the M&A Mix Tape.
"Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls featuring IntercontinentalExchange
On Thursday, IntercontinentalExchange
CBOT is the holding company for the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago's 159-year-old options and futures exchange. CBOT shareholders had been getting ready to vote on a proposed merger with fellow Chicago futures exchange Chicago Mercantile Exchange
As my fellow Fool Tom Taulli said, watching what transpires from here should be good fun as ICE puts on the full-court press, CME and CBOT decide how to respond, and as-yet-uninvolved players like NYSE and NYMEX determine whether to jump into the fray.
Morgan Stanley is working as the financial advisor for ICE, and Lazard Freres has been the financial advisor to CBOT in its proposed merger with CME.
"Come Together" by The Beatles featuring Cisco Systems
Rallying behind the buzzword of "unified communications," Rule MakerCisco Systems
WebEx is a dominant player in the conferencing applications market, with a 33% market share, according to research firm IDC. According to another research firm, Frost & Sullivan, the Web-based collaboration services market is expected to grow at a 30% annual rate over the next four years and reach $2.6 billion by 2010.
Fellow Fool Tim Beyers noted that there are some worrisome aspects to the deal, including the price Cisco is paying. In the long view, though, he also points out that this acquisition will give Cisco another foothold in the unified communications market it has in its crosshairs.
WebEx consulted Goldman Sachs
"Cupid's Chokehold" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Caremark
The battle for control of Caremark Rx
Despite vocal opposition from the huge California pension fund CalPERS, both CVS and Caremark shareholders voted in support of the transaction late last week. Express Scripts had offered a higher price for Caremark, but shareholders were wary of the legal hurdles ahead for the proposed combination. The marriage with CVS had already been given the A-OK by regulators.
The merger will give CVS, which derives 70% of its revenue from its pharmacy business, a much stronger position in pharmacy benefits management (PBM), as well as augmenting the company's bargaining position with drug companies. Increased traffic to CVS pharmacies should also have a positive impact on CVS' non-pharmacy business.
JPMorgan and UBS worked with Caremark on the transaction, and CVS tapped Evercore and Lehman Brothers.
In health-care news, UnitedHealth
And rounding things out, Microsoft
That's it for this album, but be sure to keep tuned in to The Motley Fool for more tunes from the M&A front.
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