(Adds Twitter, Mosaic, Cargill, Archer Daniels, Campari,
Updates Eurobank, Sinopec, Motorola, United Spirits, Aaron's,
April 15 The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:
** BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it bought a
minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth,
a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the
smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a
** Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp
said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise
business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and
barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in its biggest deal ever.
** Spanish telecoms operator Telefonica has offered
to lease spectrum and access to its network to rivals in a bid
to win European Union approval for its planned purchase of KPN's
E-Plus unit in Germany, three sources said on Tuesday.
** Hedge fund Elliott Management reaffirmed its $3.36
billion offer for network gear maker Riverbed Technology Inc
after being rebuffed twice, saying it remained
"extremely interested" in acquiring the company.
** U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc expects the
merger of its flour mill operations with those of ConAgra Foods
Inc to be finalized in six to eight weeks after it
clears a longstanding regulatory hurdle, Cargill Executive
Chairman Greg Page said on Tuesday.
** Aaron's Inc, a rent-to-own furniture and
electronics retailer, rejected a $2.3 billion takeover offer
from a major shareholder and instead bought a web-based retail
credit financing firm for about $700 million to provide
customers with easier payment terms.
** Archer Daniels Midland Co on Tuesday said it
would move ahead with attempts to sell its global chocolate
business after extensive negotiations to sell its chocolate and
cocoa operations fell apart.
** Google Inc has acquired solar-powered
drone maker Titan Aerospace as the Web search giant ramps up
plans to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the
** U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic Co said on
Tuesday it would buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's
fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350
** YouTube network Maker Studios said on Monday a majority
of shareholders had approved its purchase by Walt Disney Co
, making clear it was not for sale to Relativity Media,
which made a surprise bid of up to $1.1 billion for the company.
** Italian drinks maker Campari said on Tuesday it
was buying a Sicilian spirits company, had 250 million euros
($346 million) to invest in further deals this year and planned
to spend even more on acquisitions in 2015.
** A consortium that includes Singapore tycoon Ong Beng Seng
and Wheelock Properties (Singapore) Ltd offered on
Tuesday to buy Hotel Properties Ltd for S$3.50 per
share, valuing the company at around S$1.8 billion ($1.4
** Twitter Inc said it bought social data provider
Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its
** TIAA-CREF, an insurer and asset manager focusing on
workers at non-profit organizations, said it would acquire fund
manager Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion, seeking to expand
its mutual fund and municipal bond offerings.
** Hungary's central bank will acquire a controlling stake
in interbank clearing company Giro Zrt, further tightening its
grip on the financial system.
** Deutsche Telekom secured European Union
antitrust approval on Tuesday for its 546-million-euro
acquisition of telecoms provider GTS Central Europe to give it
control of a fiber optic network in eastern Europe.
** Diageo, the world's biggest spirits maker, has
launched a $1.9 billion bid to nearly double its stake in United
Spirits Ltd, offering a rich price in the hope that
India's increasingly wealthy consumers will drink more alcohol..
** DSW Inc is entering the Canadian footwear retail
market by acquiring a 44 percent stake in one of Canada's
largest shoes and accessories retailer, Town Shoes Ltd, for C$68
million ($62.05 million), the two retailers said.
** Kazakh copper miner Kazakhmys said on Tuesday it had
agreed to buy the Koksay copper deposit in southeast Kazakhstan
from CCC Mining Construction B.V., for $260 million in cash.
** China further strengthened its position in oil-rich
Kazakhstan on Tuesday with its state firm Sinopec
paying $1.2 billion to buy out Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil
from a venture there.
** Brazil's state development bank, BNDES, says
it plans to spend up to 3 billion reais ($1.35 billion) on
stakes in buyout investment vehicles and share offerings by
small- and mid-sized companies to help foster new funding
sources in local capital markets.
** An Australian private company has agreed to buy the
long-idle Avebury nickel mine in Tasmania from China's MMG Ltd
for A$40 million ($37.65 million), saying operations
were again profitable as global nickel prices rise.
** International investors are to invest 1.3 billion euros
in Eurobank to become the bailed-out Greek bank's
biggest shareholders in another sign of growing market
confidence in Greece.
** Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp and
entertainment company Cineplex Inc have together
emerged as the leading contender to buy restaurant and arcade
chain Dave & Buster's Inc, the Wall Street Journal
reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** Italian eyewear group Luxottica said it had
signed a 10-year licensing agreement with U.S. luxury-goods
company Michael Kors Holdings Limited.
** Generic drugmaker Akorn Enterprises Inc has won
U.S. antitrust approval to buy rival Hi-Tech Pharmacal Inc
on condition that it sell three generic prescription
eye medications and two generic topical anesthetics, the Federal
Trade Commission said on Monday.
** Aleris Corp said it may sell its recycling and
specification alloys businesses, a sign that one of the world's
biggest secondary aluminum alloy makers will focus on
higher-margin rolled products and extrusion markets.
** A consortium of eight anchor investors have committed to
buy 25-30 percent of Euronext ahead of a market listing expected
to value the company at 1-1.5 billion euros, three sources
familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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(Compiled by Neha Dimri and Shubhankar Chakravorty in