12:15 PM New York – Blackstone agreed to acquire Willis Tower, in Chicago for $1.3 billion. Life Time Fitness in a deal to go private for about $4 billion. Schulman agreed to buy for $800 million. Scripps Networks agreed to acquire 52.7% stake in Poland-based broadcaster TVN for $619 million.
Tollbooth Index climbed 1.2% or 122.07 to 10,657.84.
Blackstone Group LP
) increased 1.4% or 53 cents to $38.48 after the asset and financial advisor agreed to acquire Chicago-based office complex Willis Tower for $1.3 billion.
Life Time Fitness, Inc
) soared 5.2% or $3.52 to $70.72 after the fitness centers operator agreed to a deal with TPG and Leonard Green & Partners L.P. to go private for $4 billion.
Schulman A Inc
) climbed 4.6% or $1.92 to $43.99 after the plastic powder resins maker agreed to acquire Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc for $800 million from private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners.
The transaction is expected to close in third-quarter of this year.
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc
) rose 26 cents to $72.17 after the media group agreed to acquire 52.7 % stake in Poland-based broadcaster TVN for $619 million or €584 million from ITI and French media firm Vivendi.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc
) jumped 2.1% or $3.74 to $201.46 after the specialty pharmaceutical group raises its offer to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals International Inc to $173 per share from $158 per share of initial bid.
The revised offer increases valuation by $1 billion in cash totaling $11.1 billion after Endo International Plc made a competitive bid of $175 per share in cash and stock.