Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions
May 6 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Business software maker BMC Software Inc, whose anemic growth has been a source of frustration for its largest shareholder, said it would be taken private by a group led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital for about $6.9 billion.
** ThyssenKrupp is putting its railway and construction operations up for sale, Germany's biggest steelmaker said on Monday. The operations have combined sales of around 400 million euros ($524.66 million) and roughly 800 employees, it said. ($1 = 0.7624 euros)
** Nielsen Holdings NV, best known in the United States for its TV ratings business, said it would sell its expositions business to Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp for $950 million, freeing up cash for its planned push into the radio measurement business.
** Inergy LP, Inergy Midstream LP and Crestwood Midstream Partners LP said on Monday they have agreed to merge in a series of complex deals to form a $7 billion entity to tap demand for pipeline and storage services in North America's fast-developing shale fields.
** Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ has agreed to invest around $500 million in a new share offering by VTB, Russia's second-largest bank, the fund said in e-mailed comments to Reuters.
** Slovenia, struggling to avoid a bailout, will this year try to sell the state-owned bank Nova KBM , the second-largest bank in the country, a government source told Reuters.
** Dimension Data said it has made a 3.05 billion shillings ($36 million) offer for information technology firm AccessKenya .
** Wireless service provider Clearwire Corp said its proposed buyout by majority owner Sprint Nextel Corp was the best option for Clearwire's minority stockholders.
** BG Group said it signed a binding $1.93 billion agreement with Chinese oil firm CNOOC to supply liquefied natural gas that will include an equity stake in BG's Queensland Curtis LNG project in Australia.
** The three partners that own Edens, a shopping center landlord and developer with $3.5 billion in assets, are negotiating its future as one of them considers exiting, people with knowledge of the situation said.
** Intel Corp's security software division McAfee said it plans to buy Finland's network firewall maker Stonesoft Oyj for around $389 million in cash, a 128 percent premium to the company's stock market value at Friday's close.
** Private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors said on Saturday that it was buying British gym operator Pure Gym for an undisclosed amount.
** Financial consultancies Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young are interested in buying peer Roland Berger, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Sunday.
** Britain's government is considering whether to sell its 40 billion pound ($62 billion) student loan book as part of a series of privatizations that includes selling off the Royal Mail Group, the Sunday Times newspaper said.
** State-owned conglomerate China Resources (Holdings) Co Ltd plans to merge its Hong Kong-listed power producer with its natural gas distribution unit to form a $22 billion energy group able to negotiate better terms for natural gas supplies from the state.
** CR Intrinsic said on Monday it plans to vote against Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc's acquisition of Plains Exploration & Production Company because it undervalues the oil and gas company.
** World Kitchen, which makes and distributes popular kitchen and housewares products, has hired Baird to shop the company in a deal that could be worth $600 million to $700 million, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
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