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The BFD: Intel buying Mobileye
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has agreed to acquire Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY), an Israeli developer of vehicle collision avoidance systems, for $15.3 billion. The $63.54 per share price represents a 34.4% premium over Friday's closing for Mobileye stock.
Why it's the BFD: This is Intel's second-largest acquisition of all time, and the largest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company (per S&P). It's also the year's biggest tech deal to date.
Bottom line: Intel believes that auto is a big part of its future, and bringing Mobileye in-house is a pricey attempt to catch up to rival chipmakers like Qualcomm and Nvidia. It also could aid Intel in the drone space, given Mobileye's focus on collision avoidance. For Mobileye, it's a big premium (and a giant multiple on $358m/$108m in 2016 revenue/earnings), and is vindication after Citron Research started shorting the company in February, saying that it was an overvalued "one-trick pony." Oh, and there even was a research analyst downgrade on the stock this morning.
• Eduardas Afanasjevas and Gregory Weegenaar have joined British buyout firm TDR Capital to launch a data science unit, aimed at analyzing and improving performance of portfolio companies, per Dow Jones. TDR is soon expected to close on 3 billion for its latest fund. http://bit.ly/2n0kvQO
• Timothy Cremieux has joined Waud Capital Partners as a vice president. He previously was a VP for GenNx360 Capital Partners. www.waudcapital.com
• James McIntire, the former Washington State Treasurer and chairman of the Washington State Investment Board, has joined Star Mountain Capital as a "strategic investor" and senior advisor. http://bit.ly/2mDk91t
• Ben Schryber has joined The Carlyle Group as a New York-based managing director, leading global credit sales and business development. He previously was global head of credit at fund placement firm First Avenue Partners. www.carlyle.com
• Phil Schwarz, the former CMO of Tinder, has joined Chicago-based seed investment firm Corazon Capital as a principal, according to StrictlyVC. www.corazoncap.com