Nielsen rejects $15 billion takeover bid by private equity group
Nielsen rejected a $15 billion takeover offer by a consortium of private equity firms, saying its bid “grossly” undervalued the company. Nielsen said in a statement that the offer valued the company at $25.40 per share, a price that does not adequately compensate shareholders expectations for Nielsen’s growth prospects.”
MKS Instruments’ acquisition of Atotech under investigation by regulators
U.S. semiconductor equipment maker MKS Instruments (MKSI.US)’ planned $5 billion acquisition of German specialty chemicals maker Atotech (ATC.US) may not be available as the March 31 deadline for the deal looms, according to Wells Fargo No renegotiation or cancellation. Earlier reports indicated that the merger of the two companies was delayed due to third-party concerns about the acquisition and an analysis of the transaction by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.
The Carlyle Group launches €1bn sale of Italian food ingredients maker Irca
U.S. private equity firm The Carlyle Group CG.O has asked investors to submit a bid for Irca in a deal that values the Italian food ingredients maker at more than 1 billion euros, sources said.