The following is a list of deals covered in detail by M and A Navigator this week:
-FRONTIER BUYS VERIZON'S CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS WIRELINE BUSINESS
US-based telecommunications company Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) has inked a definitive agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) under which Frontier will acquire Verizon's wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for USD 10.54bn in cash, the company said. These Verizon properties include 3.7m voice connections, 2.2m broadband connections, and 1.2m FiOS video connections.
-ACQUIRED SALES TO BUY WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMPANY
US-based blank check company Acquired Sales Corp. (OTCQB: AQSP) has signed a letter of intent to acquire US-based liquid transport and environmental services company River Country Transport, Inc., the company said. The proposed merger has an estimated value of approximately USD 2m, of which 50% is to be paid in cash, and the other 50% in shares of common stock of Acquired Sales. Acquired Sales said it also plans to pay off all of RCT's outstanding debt. RCT is a liquid transport and environmental services company with a fleet of high volume tankers that deliver over 25% of the wastewater volume accepted by PPV, Inc.'s wastewater pretreatment facility in Portland, Oregon.
-MOBILE SECURITY SPECIALIST ANCHORFREE BUYS SMALLER RIVALS
US-based mobile security app developer AnchorFree has acquired rivals JustVPN and TouchVPN, the company said. The two companies will now become subsidiaries of AnchorFree GmbH, the makers of the Hotspot Shield privacy app. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AnchorFree launched Hotspot Shield for iOS (NASDAQ: AAPL) in late 2011, extending its security, privacy and open web access solution to mobile devices. Hotspot Shield for Android (NASDAQ: GOOG) was released six months later.
-AMERICAN TOWER TO BUY VERIZON PORTFOLIO FOR USD 5.056BN
US-based communications tower operator American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT) has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which American Tower will acquire rights to approximately 11,324 wireless communications towers and purchase approximately 165 additional towers from Verizon Communications, Inc. for USD 5.056bn in cash at closing, the company said.
-CONTROL4 ACQUIRES AUSTRALIAN AUDIO/VIDEO SPECIALIST LEAF
US-based home automation and control solutions provider Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL) has acquired Australia-based audio/video distribution products company Nexus Technologies Pty., Ltd., the company said. Control4 had previously sold select Leaf products to its North American dealer network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
-PHYSICIANS REALTY TRUST BUYS USD 121.9M OF MEDICAL FACILITIES
US-based healthcare properties REIT Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) has closed USD 121.9m of investments in medical office facilities since 1 January, the company said. According to the company, the closings included seven of the eight facilities in the USD 116.3m Minnesota portfolio, the final property in the USD 34.5m Columbus Regional Health System portfolio, and a USD 10m orthopedic physician group complex near Indianapolis, Indiana.
-SWEDEN'S HEMFOSA FASTIGHETER BUYS SEK 420M OF PROPERTIES
Swedish real estate services company Hemfosa Fastigheter AB is acquiring 13 properties in its prioritised community service segment for a total underlying property value of SEK 420m (USD 50.85m), the company said on Friday. Hemfosa said that the majority of the properties are located in western Sweden, with Uddevalla municipality and the Vastra GA[pilcrow sign]talandsregion as the largest tenants, and contain such operations as healthcare, schools and residential care facilities for the elderly. At the same time, properties from the offices, logistics and transaction segments with an underlying value of approximately SEK 140m are being divested.
-US DEFENCE CONTRACTORS HARRIS, EXELIS TO MERGE IN USD 4.75BN DEAL
US-based defence contractor Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has agreed to acquire US-based aerospace, defense, information and services company Exelis, Inc. (NYSE: XLS) in a cash and stock transaction valued at USD 23.75 per share, or an approximately USD 4.75bn enterprise value, the company said on Friday. Under the terms of the transaction, Exelis shareholders will receive USD 16.625 in cash and 0.1025 of a share of Harris common stock for each share of Exelis common stock. Upon closing, Harris shareholders will own approximately 85% of the combined company, and Exelis shareholders will own approximately 15%.
-ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER BUYS UK UNDERWRITING GROUP
US-based insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. (NYSE: AJG) has acquired UK-based Evolution Underwriting Group, the company said. Established in 2004, Evolution Underwriting Group (Evolution) is a managing general agent which provides commercial insurance products and services tailored for the small-to-middle-market sector to its independent retail broker clients.
-CVSL TO ACQUIRE UK DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER COMPANY KLEENEZE
US-based direct-to-consumer seller CVSL Inc. (NYSE: CVSL) has signed an agreement to acquire UK-based direct-to-consumer company Kleeneze, the company said on Friday. Under the terms of the agreement, CVSL will purchase 100% of...