Philip Morris bid for Rothmans succeeds

NEW YORK Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:05am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philip Morris International (PM.N) said on Wednesday that it succeeded in its tender offer to acquire Canada's No. 2 cigarette maker Rothmans Inc ROC.TO.

Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, said 67.8 percent of Rothmans shares were tendered.

The company also said it extended the offer period for an additional 10 days, noting that its C$30.00 per share all-cash offer will expire at 11:59 p.m. Toronto time on September 29.

Rothmans' sole holding is a 60 percent stake in cigarette maker Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc. Philip Morris already owned 40 percent of the cigarette maker.

(Reporting by Martinne Geller, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

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