Thomas & Betts Shares Soared: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of electrical components specialist Thomas & Betts (NYS: TNB) surged 23% Monday after Swiss engineering giant ABB (NYS: ABB) agreed to acquire it for $3.9 billion.

So what: The deal values Thomas & Betts at $72 per share and represents a 24% premium over its closing price Friday. ABB is making the move to expand its U.S. electrical equipment presence amid recovering industrial demand, but judging from its own stock's 3% drop, Mr. Market isn't exactly thrilled about the price being paid.

Now what: While Thomas & Betts is likely all popped out, ABB might be worth looking into. "We have a pretty small presence in U.S. low voltage, with about $240 million (per year) so far, so obviously [this acquisition] is completely changing the game for us," said ABB CFO Michel Demare. In fact, management estimates that the deal will open up a potential market of roughly $24 billion for its highly profitable low-voltage products, which should give long-term investors good reason to dig in.

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