M&A

Oct 31, 2012

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. for approximately $4.05 billion in cash and stock from sole owner George Lucas. As part of the announcement, Disney said that it is planning new Star Wars feature films – including Episode 7, which is slated for a 2015 release with Lucas serving as a “creative consultant.”

Brooks Automation (Nasdaq: BRKS) has agreed to acquire Crossing Automation Inc., a Fremont, Calif.-based provider of automation products to the semiconductor front-end market. The deal is valued at $63 million in cash. Crossing Automation backers include Intel Capital, Partners for Growth, Gold Hill Capital and Tallwood Venture Capital. www.crossinginc.com

Carlson Waglit Travel has acquired WorldMate, a San Francisco–based mobile travel assistant. No financial terms were disclosed, but TechCrunch puts the sale price at approximately $20 million. WorldMate had raised VC funding from groups like the Blackberry Partners Fund. www.worldmate.com

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) has agreed to acquire Silver Tail Systems, a Menlo Park, Calif.–based provider of real-time web session intelligence and behavioral analysis. No financial terms were disclosed. Silver Tail had raised over $22 million in VC funding from firms like Leapfrog Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Seraph Group, Startup Capital Ventures and Citi Ventures. www.silvertailsystems.com

OpenGate Capital
 has agreed to sell Gabriel Ride Control Products, a Troy, Mich.-based maker of automotive shock absorbers and struts, to MAT Holdings Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. www.gabriel.com

Hitachi Ltd. (Tokyo: 6501) has acquired British nuclear power plant venture Horizon Nuclear Power fromRWE and E.ON for approximately £696 million. www.hitachi.com

Premier Foods PLC
 (LSE: PFD) has sold its pickles and sauces business to Japan’s Mizkan Group for £92.5 million. The deal includes the Branston brand. www.mizkan.net

PVH Corp.
 (NYSE: PVH) has agreed to acquire fellow apparel maker The Warnaco Group Inc. (NYSE: WRC) for approximately $2.9 billion in cash and stock. The deal is being done at an implied value of $68.43 per Warnaco share (including $51.75 in cash), which represents a 34% premium to yesterday’s closing price. www.pvh.com

Stanley Gibbons Group (AIM: SGI), a British stamps and collectables company, has agreed to acquire the assets of U.S.-based Stampwants.com for $1 million. www.stanleygibbons.com

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