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Dawson Geophysical And TGC Industries Announce Filing Of Definitive Proxy Materials And Commencement Of Mailing Definitive Proxy Materials To Their Respective Shareholders

Dawson Geophysical Company (Dawson) (DWSN) and TGC Industries, Inc. (TGC) (TGE) today announced that TGC has filed a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and that Dawson and TGC have commenced mailing of definitive proxy materials in connection with the proposed strategic business combination between Dawson and TGC.

In connection with the proposed merger, Dawson and TGC will each hold special meetings of their respective shareholders on Monday, February 9, 2015.  The special meeting of Dawson shareholders will be held at 3:00 p.m. central time at the offices of Baker Botts L.L.P. at 2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas and the special meeting of TGC’s shareholders will be held at 2:00 p.m. central time at the offices of Haynes and Boone, LLP at 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas.  Shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 29, 2014, will be entitled to vote at the special meetings.

Stephen Jumper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dawson, said: “We believe the strategic business combination of these two companies, with over 100 years of existence in the seismic data acquisition industry between them, is in the best interest of the combined shareholders, clients and employees. The combined company puts together two management teams, each with a history of navigating the cyclical nature of the industry, maintaining a strong, conservative balance sheet, and having industry leading technology and talented expertise in various areas of operation.”

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Quindell in talks over possible sale of division

Quindell is exploring the sale of parts of its business, as the UK insurance claim processor attempts to focus on generating cash.

The company has been a target for short sellers that have raised doubts about its business model and have pointed specifically to cash flow as an issue. Quindell said on Friday it had “entered into exclusivity arrangements with a third party in respect of the possible disposal of an operating division of the group”.

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It declined to give details on what part of the company was up for sale, but its main operating divisions include professional services, which contains the main insurance claims business, and digital solutions, which develops products such as telematics for cars that report on vehicle performance.

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Paper Maker Settles With Justice Department Over Acquisition

Verso Paper said on Wednesday that it would sell two paper mills to settle a government antitrust lawsuit over a $1.4 billion acquisition.

Nearly a year ago, Verso announced that it would acquire NewPage Holdings, which had emerged from bankruptcy in 2012, for $1.4 billion in cash and debt.

A NewPage paper mill that produces glossy paper used for catalogs and magazine.

In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that a combination of the two paper makers would eliminate competition in the supply of high-quality coated publication papers used for magazines, catalogs, brochures and the like in North America. Their combined  business for two types of coated papers accounts for more than $5 billion in sales.

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Datalogix is important element of Oracle’s acquisition strategy

On December 22, 2014, Oracle (ORCL) announced the acquisition of Datalogix, a provider of digital marketing data as a service (or DaaS). Datalogix connects offline consumer spending data with digital marketing efforts with the goal of tracking advertising, its influence on consumers, and the resultant returns.

Datalogix has more than 650 customers and 1,500 data partners that track $2 trillion in consumer spending. Advertisers and digital media publishers such as Lenovo, Google (GOOG), (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Ahold, Kraft (KRFT), and Ford use Datalogix to enhance their media presence. The company provides purchase-based targeting that leads to more revenue generation.

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8-K Filing Shows PCM Enters Agreement With Sarcom Properties To Buy Property For $6.569M

On December 23, 2014, PCM, Inc. (the “Buyer”) entered into an agreement with Sarcom Properties, Inc. (the “Seller”), an unaffiliated third party, to buy certain real property from the Seller for a total cash sales price of $6,569,500 (the “Agreement”). The real property is located at 8337 Green Meadows Drive N., Lewis Center, Ohio and includes approximately 12.4 acres of land together with a building for office and warehouse space of approximately 144,000 square feet (the “Building”). One of our other subsidiaries is currently the tenant of the Building and it is currently being used as our second headquarters, sales office and distribution center. We expect to finance around 70% of the purchase price with a long-term note.

The Buyer is entitled to terminate the Agreement for any reason while it conducts due diligence related to the property during a 30 day period from December 23, 2014 (the “Due Diligence Period”). In addition, the Buyer may extend the Due Diligence Period for further environmental due diligence for an additional 30 days if it determines in its sole discretion that further environmental due diligence is required. However, the Buyer and Seller have agreed to use best efforts to close the transaction no later than January 31, 2015. The Agreement also contains other customary closing conditions to the purchase and sale of the real property.

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Worldwide M&A activity reaches seven-year high

During the first few months of 2014, it quickly became apparent that major companies and corporations across the U.S. were interested in expanding their operations through aggressive mergers and acquisitions. We have reported extensively on many of the most noteworthy complex transactions to be undertaken within the nation, however, it seems that just as many landmark deals have been reached outside of the country, as well.

Global transactions total more than $1 trillion in Q2
In the latest bit of M&A news, the deal volume recorded during the second three-month period of this year has amounted to more than $1 trillion, according to Reuters. This figure marks the largest deal volume observed since the same time in 2007, and represents a significant improvement from the $680 million that changed hands during the first quarter of 2014.

“Companies have strategic imperatives to do deals, they have the cash to do deals, and they can borrow additional cash at record-low rates,” Frank Aquila, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, told the news source. “It really is a bit of a perfect storm when it comes to dealmaking.”

Multiple mega deals were completed during the second quarter, including agreements between Oracle and Micros Systems, Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands as well as Sprint and T-Mobile.

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Good year for cross-border M&A in the Middle East

“The Middle East has seen a very robust year in terms of both inbound and outbound M&A activity,” said Tom Thraya, UAE Head of Corporate/M&A for Baker&McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.”The increasing trend looks set to continue in 2015, with stable markets such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia remaining attractive to international investors. Factors such as the UAE’s increasing importance as a business hub for the Middle East and Africa, and the opening up of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange for foreign investors in 2015, are fueling optimism for a further acceleration of M&A activity in the region.”

Data from Thomson Reuters reveals that as of 14 December 2014, the total value of Middle Eastinbound M&A activity has already surpassed 2013, increasing by 53 percent to reach USD9.5 billion. In terms of deal value, inbound acquisitions were driven by the US (49.8 percent), followed by China (10.3 percent) and Switzerland (7.1 percent). The US had the most number of transactions with 43 deals, followed by India and China, both with 8 deals.

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