It's election season in Ohio, and North Canton-based voting machine maker Diebold
At least, not electoral politics
Industrial megaconglomerate United Technologies
As the press release makes clear, this is not the first time UTC has made the offer. On the contrary, UTC notes that it has been trying to get a meeting with Diebold management for two years now, and that it made a last-ditch attempt to work out a friendly merger between the two last week. But like Take-Two Interactive's
Excellent question. My guess is that Diebold thinks it's worth a bit more than what UTC wants to ante up. I'm not so sure it is. Diebold hasn't filed a 10-Q report since last May, so it's tricky to value the company. But based on its last-filed report, Diebold is capable of generating close to $150 million in annual free cash flow. So, pre-takeover bid, Diebold was trading for less than 11 times its likely FCF. Rival NCR
That brings us to the question facing Diebold investors today: Should you take UTC's money and run? I would. The price is objectively fair, and it's 60% more than the shares were worth on Friday. But over at Motley Fool Inside Value, lead analyst Philip Durell may have a different view. He recommended that our members buy Diebold way back in December 2005 -- around about the time UTC started talking takeover. Hmm ..