NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of CST Brands (CST) were declining in pre-market trading on Monday as Canadian Alimentation Couche-Tard (ANCUF)said it would purchase the company in a deal valued at about $4.4 billion, including debt.

Couche-Tard, which operates convenience stores, will pay $48.53 per share in cash for the San Antonio, TX-based convenience store retailer.

The transaction value represents a premium of about 42% to CST's closing price on March 3, the last date prior to the company announcing that it was exploring strategic alternatives.

The offer represents a premium of 2.15% to CST's closing price on Friday, Reuters noted.

"After the board's comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to enhance stockholder value, we are pleased to reach this agreement with Couche-Tard, which we expect to provide immediate and compelling value to our stockholders," CST CEO Kim Lubel said in a statement.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "Buy" rating with a score of A on CST Brands stock.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations.

The team believes its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CST

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