This is an example where smaller investors who aren’t going to move the market can get make a good return with low risk. If you find a few of these each year, you’ll be in good shape. If you’re thinking about buying in and tendering your shares, read the filing here. There are a few things you need to know: The tender date may be extended, the percentage necessary to be tendered may not be met, the deal could fall apart due to the government or a legal ruling, and some negative info on its Hepatitis C drug could come out. I don’t think any of that will happen over the next ten days, but you should at least be aware of the risk.
I bought into Inhibitex a few weeks ago because I thought the spread was too great compared to the risk of the deal not going through. The spread at the time of my purchase was more than 7%. Considering the stock has traded between $2.15 and the $26 offer price, there is a good reason that there is a decent size spread. Plus, the company is dependent on one drug, so any bad news associated with it would be a serious problem. That’s why I made it a small position.
At this point, though, with eight days to go, that little bit of risk is now very close to zero. Don’t forget to factor in the short-term capital gains rate and any tender fees your custodian may charge.
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Disclosure: Long INHX