Unaffected stock price

Commentary on the recent Jarden decision has focused, unsurprisingly, on the use of unaffected stock price in the decision after some commentators viewed the methodology as dead after Aruba.  As a recap, unaffected stock price methodology involves determining the fair value of an acquired company using its stock price before the merger announcement.

By a July 19, 2019 ruling, Vice Chancellor Slights set the fair value of Jarden Corporation at its unaffected market price of $48.31, below the $59.21 per share value of cash and stock that Newell Rubbermaid had paid to acquire it. The court also performed a DCF analysis that corroborated its valuation. The court

Vice Chancellor Slights has decided the Jarden appraisal case, a claim stemming from the 2016 sale of Jarden to Newell Rubbermaid Corp. In the opinion, the Vice Chancellor ultimately awarded below merger price, relying on a number of factors and discussing the interplay of merger price, unaffected stock price, discounted cash flow analysis and

From Deallawyers.com, observing that the decision can be read as a pretty direct rebuke to the lower Court, and focusing on the Delaware Supreme Court’s finding that the lower court decision appeared “results-oriented.”

From Bloomberg Law, arguing that Aruba harms appraisal arbitrage (despite rejecting unaffected stock price), but concluding that “ . .