, activist investor who specializes in overtaking distressed or out-of-favor companies and turning them around, continues in the battle for his latest target – Mentor Graphics Corp.(MENT
) Mentor Graphics is a company that designs electronic design automation; it has a market cap of $1.6 billion and negative 2.6% revenue growth in the last five years. Icahn currently owns 12,896,232 shares (11.76%) of the company and on Feb. 22 offered to acquire it for $17 per share or $1.91 billion. On March 28, the company’s board of directors unanimously rejected the offering, saying “The $17 per share proposal by Carl Icahn
and certain of his affiliated entities (“Icahn Entities”) undervalues the company and its future prospects.” They also said they believed that selling to a strategic buyer would put it at commercial and regulatory risk that would not be in the best interest of the company or its shareholders.
The very next day, Mentor announced that it would commence selling $220 million in bonds which could be converted to stock if the company is sold. The bonds would reduce Mentor’s annual interest payment on its debt to 4% from 6.25%. Continue Reading »