AMD will be acquiring XLNX at some point in the nearish future. Shareholders will receive 1.7234 shares of AMD for every share of XLNX that they own. To take advantage of this, I propose buying calls (or shares) on XLNX dated for January or May with the intent to hold through expiry to receive shares.
I’m going to look to enter following the XLNX earnings report after market close today.
From AMD’s earnings report yesterday:
“I would say we are through the vast majority of what we need to do in the regulatory front. You know, we are finishing up here.”
“There is very good progress on the integration side. So, we have done a lot on the integration. We are exited with the plans that we have.”
“We believe we are on track to close at the end of the year”
The merger is pending approval from the Chinese government. Currently, employees of AMD and XLNX are working together in teams under NDA, meaning that even if the merger gets shot down the two companies will be working together in some capacity.
This is a live comparison of XLNX and AMD share price, to see how much value you would gain on your xlnx shares if the merger were to happen today.
What will happen to my XLNX options after the merger?
In an all share merger, your strike and expiry on the company being acquired remains exactly the same. Your options will be adjusted in terms of the deliverable (100 shares of XLNX vs. 172 shares of AMD) and your options ticker will be renamed (AMD1). The adjusted options contract can be less liquid since there will be a smaller market for the adjusted contracts.
The adjusted contract AMD1 Jan X 2022 will be for 172 shares of AMD (fractional shares are paid in cash) if you decide to exercise.
So this is where it gets confusing. The LABEL of your options ticker will change to AMD1 $140 Jan X 2022 (strike price remains the same as your original XLNX contracts). The strike price remains the same ON THE LABEL, but your broker will have access to the conversion ratio (1.7234) to determine your effective “moneyness” of your original contract to determine whether you’re ITM or OTM. In other words, while the ticker still says AMD1 $140 Jan X 2022, your broker will automatically know the “moneyness” of the contract by using the $140 strike price and converting it based on the merger terms (1 XLNX: 1.7234 AMD). The $140 strike on AMD1 is effectively a call with a TRUE AMD strike price of $81.23 ($140/1.7234).
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