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Keurig Green Mountain to be acquired by investor group for $92/share cash

Keurig shares up 75 percent on $13.9B buyout

Personal beverage system company Keurig Green Mountain has agreed to be taken private by an investor group led by JAB Holding for $92 a share in cash.

The companies value the total equity of the deal at about $13.9 billion, and represents a premium of approximately 77.9 percent over Keurig's closing stock price on December 4.

Coca-Cola, Keurig's biggest single shareholder, said it would receive cash for its stake in the company, which is valued at $2.4 billion at the offer price.

Shares of the company soared more than 70 percent Monday, their best day ever.

"The timing for this deal is very good for [JAB Holding]," Caroline Levy, beverage and household products analyst at CLSA, told CNBC's "Power Lunch." "I see [Keurig] as a private label coffee manufacturer; they may see it as a way to distribute their own strong European brands into the U.S."

The agreement was unanimously approved by Keurig's board of directors. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

This is the latest in a string of coffee deals by JAB as it seeks to become a formidable competitor to Nestle, which operates the world's biggest coffee business.

JAB formed a joint venture in July called Jacobs Douwe Egberts — now the largest pure-play coffee company — by combining its D.E. Master Blenders 1753 business with the coffee business of Mondelez International.

Billionaire investor David Einhorn said in an Oct. 21 letter he had re-entered a short position on Keurig at $102.08 a share as of the third quarter.

Greenlight Capital — Einhorn's hedge fund — declined CNBC's request for comment.

Einhorn had previously shorted the stock in 2011, citing accounting concerns. He closed out that short November 2014, calling it "ultimately unsuccessful" although he still stood by his accounting concerns.

Keurig shares in 2015

Source: FactSet

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— CNBC's Kate Kelly and Reuters contributed to this report.