In the corporate world, no merger or buyout should be surprising.
It is normally just a surprise to those who are most affected - the employee.
On Monday, Beam Inc. and Suntory Holdings of Japan announced their plans to join forces.
For those who own Beam stock, it will be a great deal as they would be paid around $83 per share, up 25 percent over the Friday’s closing price.
The purchase price would be a cool $16.5 billion, maybe a little smoother than any of Beam’s finest bourbons.