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Chicago Bridge & Iron to buy Shaw Group for $3.04B
Chicago Bridge & Iron to acquire Louisiana's Shaw Group for about $3.04 B in cash and stock
By The Associated Press

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. says it has agreed to buy Shaw Group Inc. for about $3.04 billion in cash and stock.

The Woodlands, Texas-based company, also known as CB&I, says the addition of Baton Rouge, La.-based Shaw will create one of the most complete companies building equipment to tap energy sources.

Under the deal, Shaw shareholders will receive $41 in cash and CB&I stock worth about $5 for each of their Shaw shares. That represents an about 72 percent premium over Shaw's Friday closing stock price.

Shaw shares jumped 68 percent in premarket trading Monday.

CB&I expects the deal to boost its earnings per share by double-digits in the first year before transaction-related costs.

The deal has been approved by both companies' boards, but remains subject to shareholder approval. It's expected to close in early 2013.

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