Nov 5 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday:
** Etisalat has agreed to buy Vivendi's
53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom for 4.2 billion euros
($5.7 billion), giving the Abu Dhabi company control over the
largest wireless carrier in Morocco and a bigger footprint in
** Specialty pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions
Inc said it would acquire Canadian peer Paladin Labs
Inc for about $1.6 billion to expand its presence in
Canada and emerging markets.
** Canadian business software maker Open Text Corp
said it would buy privately held cloud services company
GXS Group Inc for $1.17 billion.
** Czech investment group PPF, owned by Petr Kellner, the
Czech Republic's richest man, said it agreed to buy a 65.9
percent stake in Telefonica Czech Republic from
Spain's Telefonica for 2.47 billion euros ($3.33
** G4S, the world's largest security services firm,
will sell or restructure 35 poorly performing businesses,
accounting for about one twentieth of group turnover, with any
disposal proceeds earmarked for higher-growth emerging markets,
Chief Executive Ashley Almanza said.
** Renault and alliance partner Nissan Motor
will deepen cooperation with Mitsubishi Motors Corp
to develop small cars and sedans, the companies said.
The move underscores Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's push
for savings across the alliance as well as sub-scale
Mitsubishi's need for new partnerships to share costs.
** U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co said it would
close its small potash mine at Hersey, Michigan and sell its
salt operation. The potash and phosphate producer also said it
would exit its underperforming distribution businesses in
Argentina and Chile.
** Bahrain-based Investcorp said its U.S.-based
real estate arm has acquired a group of offices and retail
properties in the United States for $250 million.
** German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp agreed a joint
venture with Italy's De Nora to expand its electrolysis plant
business. ThyssenKrupp said the two companies would combine
their engineering, procurement and construction activities for
electrolysis plants under the name ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine
** Poland's No.2 oil refiner, Lotos, agreed to buy
shares in 14 oil and gas licences off the coast of Norway for
$176 million and is looking for further targets under a plan to
boost production and diversify its upstream operations.
** Britain's Premier Foods is looking for an outside
investor to help its struggling bread division, a source
familiar with the matter told Reuters.
** Private equity investor 3i Group has bought out
the co-owner of its ferry group Scandlines and
finalized refinancing of existing debt facilities. 3i bought
Allianz Capital Partners' 49 percent stake for 165 million euros
** Italian oil and gas group Eni said it reached an
agreement with Quicksilver Resources to explore and
develop onshore shale oil reservoirs in the United States. Eni
said in a statement that it would pay up to $52 million to take
a 50 percent stake in Quicksilver acreage in the Leon Valley
area in West Texas.
** IntercontinentalExchange Inc Chief Executive Jeff
Sprecher said he hoped ICE's more than $10 billion NYSE Euronext
takeover would close within days. The deal was expected
to close on Nov. 4, but ICE on Oct. 30 postponed the closing to
give more time for European regulators to approve the