UPDATE 1-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions
August, 21st 2009
The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 0900 GMT on Friday.
(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])
The fate of Opel hangs in the balance as General Motors [GM.UL] is poised to pick a buyer for the European carmaker after months of negotiations.
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Caterpillar (CAT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Navistar International Corp (NAV.N: Quote, Profile, Research) are in talks with China's Jianghuai Automobile (600418.SS: Quote, Profile, Research) to set up a truck venture, a source said, as the firms become the latest foreign players to tap the market dominated by Chinese state auto groups. [ID:nSHA248193]
India's Bharti Airtel (BRTI.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) is not looking to sweeten its offer to buy a stake in South Africa's MTN (MTNJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research), the Indian firm's head said in a media interview, even as MTN shareholders have said they want a better price. [ID:nDEL449666]
Software giant Oracle Corp (ORCL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy computer maker Sun Microsystems, clearing a key hurdle in the companies' plan to close the $7.4 billion deal before the end of this month. [nN20534869]
Japan Airlines Corp (9205.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said it would start talks to merge its ailing cargo business with a unit of shipping firm Nippon Yusen (9101.T: Quote, Profile, Research) as the airline looks to return to profit with the help of state-backed funds. [nBNG525129]
Swiss drugs industry supplier Lonza (LONN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) bid $3.55 per share for Canadian rival Patheon (PTI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research), offering a potential windfall to majority shareholder JLL, which bid just $2.00 per share for the firm last December. [ID:nLL251312]
Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd (MQG.AX: Quote, Profile, Research) is in talks to acquire Fox-Pitt Kelton Cochran Caronia Waller, a small investment bank owned by its management and private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co LLC, a person familiar with the matter said. [nN20533665]
Guanabara Holdings has extended its 91 million pound ($150.3 million) offer to acquire carbon offset company EcoSecurities Group (ECO.L: Quote, Profile, Research) to September 2. [ID:nLL281978]
Singapore-listed Thai Beverage (TBEV.SI: Quote, Profile, Research), Thailand's largest brewer, is looking at acquiring stakes in beverage firms in Thailand, Philippines and Singapore, an executive said. [ID:nSP535347]
Gemany's anti-trust watchdog has unconditionally approved Software AG's (SOWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) plan to acquire IDS Scheer (IDRG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), a spokesman for the Federal Cartel Office said. [ID:nLL352541]
The Finnish government said it would seek permission from parliament later this autumn to sell controlling stakes in three companies, including infrastructure and construction services firm Destia. [ID:nLL287611]