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Midweek M&A Madness

Here are some potential target ideas, rumored or official, to jumpstart your deal pipeline.

Our sources are various news reports and the Buyouts “Seeking Buyers” list.

For prior lists, see below, and send any additions my way.

Sentry Select Primary Metals Corp., a Canadian metal exploration and production company, has retained independent legal counsel and is in the later stages of retaining independent financial advisors to review strategic alternatives., Compellent Tech, CommVault, Cerner Corp., Computer Program Systems, and Eclipsys Corp. were named as takeover targets. (Read more)

Alexion, a Cheshire, Conn.-based biotechnology company, has been named as a takeover target. (Read more)

Crowflight Minerals, Inc., a Canadian junior mining company that is producing nickel at the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba, continues to review its strategic alternatives.

Wind Hellas, a Greek telecommunications company, has begun contacting strategic and financial investors about selling its assets, as part of a process to restructure the firm’s EUR3.2 billion debt pile. (Read more)

Admiral Bay Resources Inc. has engaged FIG Partners as its financial advisor to assist in the exploration of strategic alternatives. FIG will assist the Company in identifying and analyzing various alternatives, including merger alternatives or possible restructuring of the Company’s credit facility.

NetApp could be a takeover target. (Read more)

Bridgepoint, a UK buyout firm, is eyeing a dual track process for pet food retailer Pets at Home, exploring the options of a listing and an outright sale in tandem. The firm appointed JP Morgan Cazenove as joint sponsor, joint book runner and a joint global coordinator to examine the options for a Initial Public Offering (IPO) for the 240-strong store chain. (Read more)

Canadian Hydro Developers Inc is in negotiations with multiple parties as it seeks alternatives to TransAlta Corp’s C$654 million ($605.5 million) bid. (Read more)

British housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is considering the sale of its North American housing operations, which have been hit hard by the global recession, in a bid to cut debt, the Sunday Times reported. (Read more)

Suncor Energy Inc and EnCana Corp plan on shedding non-core assets as part of their plan to concentrate on their oil sands operations, the Globe and Mail said, citing investment sources. (Read more)

Brocade Communications Systems Inc has put itself on the block and Hewlett-Packard Co is one of the companies that could be interested in buying the network equipment maker. (Read more)

Cisco Systems Inc’s overture for Norway’s Tandberg puts U.S.-based Polycom Inc in play as it is the only public company now left in the video conferencing market. (Read more)

Trading of options to buy Hess Corp. shares jumped to a four-year high on speculation that the fifth- biggest U.S. oil company may attract a takeover bid. (Read more)

See previous Midweek M&A Madness lists here.