Updated to reflect CVR Energy comments and additional analyst estimates
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Carl Icahn is moving closer to winning a $30 a share bid for refiner CVR Energy (CVI) after he announced that 55% of outstanding shareholders have tendered their shares to his hostile campaign.
For Icahn, a successful bid for CVR Energy -- worth roughly $2.26 billion -- would be his first successful activist campaign in some time. His luck turned for the worse in recent bids, first with a failed play for cleaning products giant Clorox (CLX) in late 2011, and then with a bid for Commercial Metals (CMC). Still, winning CVR Energy won't make up for lost profits after Icahn sold a 30% stake in Lionsgate Films (LFG) before a 60% The Hunger Games-driven share rally.
In his February bid for CVR Energy, Carl Icahn dusted off the M&A playbook he used when making a disastrous $12.6 billion bid for Clorox (CLX) in 2011.After taking a 14.5% stake in CVR Energy, Icahn is looking to use a larger controlling stake of the refining and nitrogen fertilizer company to drum up bidding interest from a competitor. That would mirror Icahn's unsuccessful tender offer for the cleaning products giant, which ended last September without shareholder support or competing bids. After failing with Clorox and Commercial Metals in January, the preliminary results of Icahn's tender signal that he may be successful in buying the Sugarland, TX.-based company. "In light of the clear message that shareholders have now sent to the board, it would be a shame if the board took any action to thwart or delay our offer," Icahn said in a Tuesday statement. As part of the statement, Icahn said that he has extended his tender offer until April 30. While Icahn declared victory on Tuesday, high hurdles still remain for the hostile campaign. In response to initial tender results, CVR Energy stressed that the offer is non-binding and that Icahn hasn't yet bought shares to add to his 14.5% stake as a result of a "poison pill" the company enacted. "The real choice for stockholders will be at our annual meeting where they will decide whether to elect Mr. Icahn's hand-picked nominees in place of our qualified and experienced Board of Directors," said CVR Energy in a statement. Analysts at DealAnalytics give CVR Energy an expected value of $27 a share on a 60% probability that Icahn's tender won't culminate in a deal. CVR Energy shares rose over 6% in Tuesday trading to $28.95, slightly below Icahn's offer price, signaling that investors have increasing confidence in the takeover bid. Year-to-date, CVR Energy shares are up nearly 50% on Icahn's bid and M&A speculation. When making his bid in February, Icahn played both bidder and M&A banker by recommending a few companies that could be acquirers of CVR Energy at a higher price than his $30 a share offer. Meanwhile, in his bid, Icahn is offering a "contingent value right" that will give shareholders a cash payment to a possible higher priced takeover bid. He also nominated a slate of nine hostile directors for the company's board to remove a "poison pill" that CVR Energy enacted when Icahn announced a share position earlier in 2012.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV