(Adds JSW, Takeaway.com, Telecom Italia, BNP Paribas; Updates
April 10 The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on
** EBay Inc and Carl Icahn ended their proxy fight
on Thursday as the activist investor dropped his proposal that
the e-commerce company split off its PayPal payments unit and
withdrew his two nominees for the eBay board.
** Telecom Italia has signed a deal with Sky
Italia to sell pay-TV content for the unit of Rupert Murdoch's
Twenty-First Century Fox to its clients from 2015, the
companies said. The deal could make Telecom Italia's broadband
offerings more attractive at a time when the phone group is
carrying out costly network upgrades to boost Internet speeds
and help it win customers in a recovering domestic market.
** Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for
Osisko Mining Corp, squeaking above a white knight bid
by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that
has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.
** Koch Industries and Goldman Sachs's
private equity arm are acquiring European printing-ink maker
Flint from buyout group CVC in a deal valuing the
company at more than 2.2 billion euros.
** Vodafone Group Plc said it expected to close on
Friday a deal to buy an 11 percent stake in its Indian business
from minority partner Piramal Enterprises Ltd, giving
it full ownership.
** Poland's JSW, the biggest coking coal producer
in the European Union, agreed to buy coal mine
Knurow-Szczyglowice from the Kompania Weglowa mining group for
1.49 billion zlotys ($495.82 million), JSW said.
** Asahi Group Holdings Ltd said on Thursday that
it would buy the Southeast Asian dairy operations of Etika
International Holdings Ltd for $329 million.
** Japan's Toyota Tsusho is acquiring a 39.9
percent stake in loss-making Scholz AG as part of its
effort to put the German metals recycling group's finances back
on a solid footing. Toyota Tsusho, part of the Toyota group,
declined to specify how much it paid Scholz's family owners for
** BNP Paribas, France's largest bank, has offered
to buy South African unsecured lender RCS Group for 2.65 billion
rand ($253 million) from clothing retailer Foschini Group
and Standard Bank, they said.
** The Philippines' International Container Terminal
Services Inc said on Thursday that it had agreed to
operate, develop and expand Iraq's largest port facilities and
invest $130 million in the first phase of the deal.
** Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in
last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's
financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing
confidential documents reviewed by the newspaper. Och-Ziff
Capital Management, Paulson & Co, Fir Tree Partners,
Perry Capital LLC and Brigade Capital Management each bought
more than $100 million of the bonds, according to a list of
buyers of the sale, the newspaper said.
** Belgian chemicals group Solvay said on Thursday
that it had agreed to sell its European PVC compound business
Benvic Europe to U.S. investment firm Open Gate
** Israeli energy and insurance conglomerate Delek Group
said on Thursday that it was in advanced talks to
sell its U.S. insurance business Republic Group.
** Swiss cement producer Holcim's plans to merge
with French peer Lafarge and create the world's
biggest cement maker will be subject to an extensive review, the
European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday.
** Netherlands-based Takeaway.com said it acquired
Lieferando.de, one of the largest food delivery websites in
Germany. The companies did not provide a value for the
($1 = 3.01 Polish Zlotys)
($1 = 10.46 South African rand)
(Compiled by Sneha Banerjee in Bangalore)