March 4 France's Imerys S.A. raised
its offer to buy U.S. minerals and materials group Amcol
International Corp to about $1.47 billion, topping an
offer from Minerals Technologies Inc.
Imerys raised its offer by $2.50 per share to $45.25 per
share in cash. Minerals Technologies had raised its offer to $45
per share on Monday.
Amcol said on Tuesday its board accepted the French
company's offer, calling it superior to Minerals Technologies'
Minerals Technologies and Imerys are both bidding for Amcol,
a company that owns large reserves of bentonite - a key mineral
used in construction and energy industries.
Amcol shares closed at $46.28 on Tuesday on the New York
Stock Exchange after rising to a life-high of $47.09 earlier.
Imerys' offer on Tuesday is worth $1.7 billion, including
debt. Amcol had 32.4 million shares outstanding as of Oct. 31.
Amcol said Imerys' offer was not subject to any financing
condition and the deal is expected to close in the first half of