Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest

Thu Jan 9, 2014 11:01pm EST

Jan 10 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

* Goldman Sachs-owned miner Colombian National Resources has halted coal exports from the Andean nation because it cannot comply with a new environmental law governing port operations, a company source said on Thursday.

* A 70,000 barrel per day crude distillation unit was not shut on Wednesday at BP Plc.'s 405,000 bpd Whiting, Indiana, refinery contrary to a report by an energy industry intelligence service, sources familiar with operations at the refinery said on Thursday.

* Montagu Private Equity has entered advanced talks with Rexam to buy the British beverage can maker's healthcare packaging unit, in a deal expected to value Rexam Healthcare at about 500 million pounds, two people familiar with the transaction told Reuters.

* Hellman & Friedman LLC is exploring a sale of Catalina Marketing Corp, which claims to have the world's largest shopper history database and could fetch as much as $2.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

* Singapore property firm Overseas Union Enterprise is looking to raise at least S$346 million ($272 million) through the listing of a commercial real estate investment trust in the city-state's first major IPO this year, two sources said.

* An empowered group of ministers led by Finance Minister P Chidamabaram on Thursday deferred a decision on the divestment of Indian Oil Corporation, after stiff opposition from the petroleum ministry, Business Standard reported. Sources said the stake sale was now likely only in the next financial year.

* Sources with direct knowledge share that Anand Mahindra's Tech Mahindra is keen on buying Jignesh Shah's Financial Technologies if the promoter is asked to sell his stake as part of the NSEL scam proceedings.()

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