Total System acquires NetSpend for $16 per share in cash TSYS (TSS) , and NetSpend (NTSP) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which TSYS will acquire NetSpend in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion. Under terms of the agreement, NetSpend shareholders will receive $16 in cash for each share of NetSpend common stock. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive to GAAP EPS for the first 12 month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition related fees and expenses.
On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ahold (AHONY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alere (ALR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Ambev (ABEV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... HCC Insurance (HCC) upgraded at Raymond James... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Jamba (JMBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Midway Gold (MDW) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.