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Why Cooper Tire Shares Skidded

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:30PM

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What: Shares of Cooper Tire & Rubber ( CTB ) plunged 12.5% today on problems over its agreement to be acquired by India's Apollo Tyres for $35 per share.

So what: Apollo wants its bid for Cooper to be reduced substantially because of "significant and unanticipated costs" relating to labor negotiations and a disagreement with the company's Chinese joint venture partner, raising plenty of concern among Cooper investors that the deal is in jeopardy. Apollo said that Cooper has acknowledged that some price cut is warranted, but Cooper denied ever saying that, suggesting that the situation is getting a bit ugly.

Now what: Cooper has since filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court to force Apollo to quickly close the deal. "The situations with the United Steelworkers (USW) and the joint venture partner and union in China are a direct result of the merger agreement, and are risks Apollo assumed under the merger agreement," Cooper said in a statement. "Cooper looks forward to closing this compelling transaction, which will provide multiple benefits to both organizations, their employees, customers and communities." Given all the uncertainty surrounding the deal, however, Fools would do well to watch everything unfold from the sidelines.

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