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In a half-stock, half-cash deal valued at $10.8 billion, Swiss investment bank


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will buy New York-based


( PWJ), the companies said Wednesday.

UBS said it would pay $73.50 a share, a 47% premium to PaineWebber's Tuesday closing price, although the price shot up over 8% on the day on rumors of an imminent takeover.

PaineWebber finished up 16 15/16, or 34%, at 66 7/8. UBS closed down 13 9/16, or 9%, at 135 3/16. Both stocks also trade in Germany.

Under the terms of the deal, UBS will pay half in cash and half in UBS stock, at a ratio of 0.4954 UBS shares for each PaineWebber share. Based on Tuesday's closing price, the deal represents a multiple of 18.1 times PaineWebber's estimated 2000 earnings.


General Electric

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Yasuda Mutual Life

, PaineWebber's two largest shareholders who together

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own about 30%, have entered into agreements with UBS to vote in favor of the merger.

The transaction is expected to boost UBS' earnings per share beginning in 2001.

PaineWebber, the fourth-largest U.S. brokerage, will continue to operate under its brand name. The deal must still garner approval from both companies' shareholders, and is expected to close by November.

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Separately, PaineWebber announced Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings beat Wall Street estimates. It said earnings per share for the quarter that ended June 30 were 95 cents a share, up 3 cents from the 92-cent Wall Street consensus, according to

First Call/Thomson Financial

. Still, it was a 10.5% decrease from last year's second-quarter earnings per share of $1.02.

The company said its net income was $146.3 million, compared to $163.5 million in the same period last year. Revenues for the quarter were $1.411 billion, an increase of 4.7% from the $1.348 billion generated in last year's second quarter.

The company said the earnings figures were before costs associated with its merger of

J.C. Bradford & Co

, which will bring final profit figures down $30 million, or 13 cents per share.