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Oct 14 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Canada's Toronto-Dominion Bank is considering an
8 billion pound ($13 billion) bid for Royal Bank of Scotland's
American retail banking business Citizens, The Sunday
Times reported without citing sources.
** Alrosa started to market a share sale valuing
the Russian state-owned diamond miner at up to $8.7 billion,
less than the company's earlier estimate, as Moscow revives its
** Real estate companies Deutsche Wohnen and GSW
Immobilien said they agreed on Deutsche Wohnen's
proposed takeover offer for GSW, worth about $2.3 billion, and
planned to raise dividends following the tie-up.
** Dutch software group Unit4 said it had been
approached by private equity firms about a possible takeover at
up to 35 euros per share. Unit4 said it was evaluating the
offer, which would value the group at about 1.04 billion euros
($1.4 billion), but added that there was no certainty that a bid
would be made.
** Romania plans to offer 15 percent of its biggest natural
gas producer for sale in a stock market debut this year, part of
privatization plans agreed with international lenders and which
officials have said could raise as much as 600 million euros
** Indian state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp
said its overseas arm has agreed to buy an additional
12 percent stake in a Brazilian oil block from Brazil's
Petrobras for $529 million.
** Facebook Inc bought Israeli mobile app-maker Onavo
to use its data-saving capabilities for a project aimed at
making the Internet available to billions of people round the
world who are not online. Facebook is paying between $150
million and $200 million, the Calcalist financial news website
said, making it one of the largest deals by the social network.
Onavo's mobile app helps people cut mobile phone costs
through more efficient use of data and is likely to help
Facebook in its plans to provide internet access to underserved
communities by working out ways to reduce the amount of data
downloads required to run mobile internet applications.
** Measurement technology group Hexagon bid 910
million crowns ($152 million) for Norway's Veripos, a
maker of positioning system hardware for offshore oil companies.
** Emerging markets fund manager Mark Mobius appealed on
Saturday for Russian oil company Rosneft to make a
"fair and equitable" offer to buy out minority shareholders in
oil company TNK-BP. Mobius denied reports on Russian news
agencies of a meeting with Igor Sechin, CEO of the state oil
major, to discuss a buyout. In comments to Reuters, he said
minorities had not yet, as far as he knew, received a formal
** Brazilian phone company TIM Participaçoes SA
is not up for sale, its chief executive told a local newspaper,
denying reports that Telecom Italia SpA wants to sell
its 67 percent stake. A sale of Brazil's No. 2 wireless company
is one option being considered by Telecom Italia's new chief
executive, Marco Patuano, a person familiar with the matter told
Reuters last week.
** Metals processor Allegheny Technologies Inc plans
to sell its iron castings unit and tungsten business and will
also report a loss for the third quarter, stung by a decline in
shipments of metal products and higher raw material
** Banking group Nomos aims to raise up to 19.1
billion roubles ($592 million) in a share offer to help raise
funds to buy a stake in rival Otkritie.
** General Motors scaled back cooperation with PSA
Peugeot Citroen months into their alliance and later
turned down a government-backed merger, people familiar with the
GM took a seven percent stake in Peugeot after the carmakers
announced what was billed as a broad-based alliance in February,
2012. Yet the pairing hit obstacles within eight months, when GM
revealed its Chinese partner SAIC would veto key
plans including for larger cars, said the sources, who declined
to be identified because the matter was
** International Airlines Group, which owns British
Airways and Spain's Iberia, urged the European Commission to
intervene over the Italian government's attempts to stitch
together a bailout for rival Alitalia, calling it illegal.
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(Compiled by Sampad Patnaik)