FTC Approves Icahn’s Dynegy Purchase

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn got the go-ahead Tuesday from the Federal Trade Commission for his $665 million cash takeover of Dynegy Inc., Reuters reported. Icahn’s acquisition of the power producer follows a failed takeover attempt by buyout shop Blackstone Group.

(Reuters) – Carl Icahn’s $665 million cash takeover of power producer Dynegy Inc received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday.

The billionaire investor’s deal follows a failed bid by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP. Icahn, Dynegy’s largest shareholder, opposed the $5 per share deal arguing it undervalued the company.

The Icahn Enterprises LP offer was 10 percent higher than Blackstone’s bid and calls for Dynegy to continue soliciting other buyers until Jan. 24.

Dynegy, based in Houston, has struggled amid soft power prices and high debt, which stands at about $3.95 billion.

(Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston; Editing by Derek Caney)