Musings on Investing

How to Make Your Cash Work

Allergan, etc.

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On investments…

Any rational investor keeps a part of his net-worth in cash. I have a moral problem keeping fiat currency with me, which is nothing but a loan to the federal banks at a negative real interest rate. Unless you are a billionaire, this cash can work for you. I like to keep some of such cash in big companies, which are very liquid and where I see a clear upside.

  • Allergan (AGN.NYSE; US$160.50) is being acquired. It is a US$52 billion company. Each share will convert to US$120.30 in cash and 0.866 shares of AbbVie (ABBV; US$66.62), a US$98 billion company. There is an 11% arbitrage upside, and the merger might close within the next two months, offering a fabulous annualized return.
  • Mellanox Technologies (MLNX; US$112), is also being acquired. It is a US$6 billion company. Each share will convert to US$125. The arbitrage upside is, again, 11%, but the deal will likely close by early next year. So, the annualized return is much lower than what AGN offers.

Warm regards,

Jayant Bhandari

Associate: Rajni Bala

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