Constellation Energy is not calling off its planned marriage to Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings ... yet. But it will check out the competition before gathering shareholders to ask for their blessing.
Today Constellation put out a news release revealing that the company's board has given the go-ahead for "immediate discussions and exchange of information" with Électricité de France about its latest offer.
That bid challenges MidAmerican's hastily-hatched deal to buy the entire company for $4.7 billion.
EDF is offering to pay $200 million less for just half of Constellation's nuclear business. The French company figures its offer values Constellation at around $52 a share, almost double Buffett's 'bargain' price.
That's tough to ignore, so Constellation plans to talk to EDF about the numbers. Remember, the board has a responsibility to get the 'best' deal for shareholders. (Defining what's 'best' can be the tricky part.)
In the meantime, Constellation's board has not "withdrawn, modified or qualified its recommendation" that shareholders approve the MidAmerican deal when they meet on December 23. That's just two weeks away.