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What: Shares of oil and gas services company Global Industries
So what: French energy services company Technip has agreed to buy Global for $8 per share in cash, or roughly $1.1 billion in total, including Global's debt. The companies expect that the transaction will close in early 2012. This brings two major changes for Global investors. First, their shares are suddenly worth a heck of a lot more than they were on Friday. And second, they will need to find a new home for their investment dollars.
Now what: Should investors sell out now or wait for the transaction to close? I think a lot of the decision has to do with whether they have a good place to put the money. Considering Technip's financial resources -- it has $3.3 billion in cash on its books -- I don't think there should be too much concern that the deal will fall apart. So if investors hang around for the actual closing of the deal, they will pick up the last few percentage points between today's price and the $8 offer price. However, for investors that see good investment opportunities with higher returns expectations than that, it may be well worth it to sell and redeploy the capital now.
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