BioClinica Inc (NASDAQ: BIOC) stock gained 19.37% to $7.21 after the company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a holding company controlled by JLL Partners, Inc., a private equity firm. Simultaneously, JLL Partners announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire CoreLab Partners, Inc., a provider of medical imaging solutions and cardiac safety services based in Princeton, N.J. Under terms of the BioClinica agreement, the holding company will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all of BioClinica`s common stock at an offer price of $7.25 a share, which results in an equity value of approximately $123 million.
Copano Energy, L.L.C. (NASDAQ: CPNO) stock surged 17.36% to $38.88 after Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. ( KMP ) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Copano Energy for a total purchase price of approximately $5 billion, including the assumption of debt. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The deal will be a 100% unit for unit transaction with an exchange ratio of 0.4563 KMP units per Copano unit. The consideration to be received by Copano unit holders is valued at $40.91 per Copano common unit.
Multimedia Games Holding Company Inc (NASDAQ: MGAM) stock climbed 13.51% to $16.22 after the company reported a first quarter profit of $7.1 million, or 24 cents a share, versus $5.8 million, or 21 cents a share, a year earlier. Adjusted profit was 12 cents a share. Revenue rose 27% to $44.3 million, buoyed by strong gambling operations revenue and gambling equipment and system sales. Analysts recently expected per-share earnings of 17 cents on revenue of $44 million.
Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) shares climbed 4.45% to $37.75 in the early hour after the company announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Office and Consumer Products (OCP) and Designed and Engineered Solutions (DES) businesses to CCL Industries Inc. (TSX:CCL.A)(TSX:CCL.B), a global leader in specialty packaging solutions, for $500 million in cash.
Additionally, the company also announced its earnings results today. The company reported $0.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $1.53 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.47 billion.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) stock gained 7.30% to $20.36. The company yesterday said its co-founder and Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon will step down April 1, bowing out after a lengthy battle with investors and a revamped board that sought to rein in the trailblazing executive. Mr. McClendon's exit marks the end of an era for Chesapeake and a shift in the booming U.S. energy industry, whose revitalization through hydraulic fracturing was pioneered by the likes of the 53-year old executive.
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