(Adds Pfizer, Bayer, Rolls-Royce, Blades Tech, Mizuho
Financial, Telefonica, Castleton, updates Viacom and Dubai
May 1 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:
** Pfizer Inc may sweeten its offer for Britain's
AstraZeneca Plc to more than 63 billion pounds, or $106
billion, and raise the cash portion of the deal, to kickstart
negotiations, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
** German drugmaker Bayer AG is nearing an
agreement to buy Merck & Co Inc's consumer healthcare
unit, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could
value the business at around $14 billion.
** Sprint Corp is meeting with banks to work out
funding for its bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc,
a source familiar with the situation said, as the mobile carrier
works to ease regulatory concerns that the deal would hurt
** AT&T Inc has approached DirecTV about a
possible acquisition of the satellite TV company, the Wall
Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the
** Qualcomm Inc is spinning off its location
awareness technology, which is compatible with Apple Inc's
iBeacon version, to a group of investors including
music, sports and arena conglomerate AEG.
** Merck & Co Inc is considering selling a big
portfolio of mature drugs that could fetch more than $15
billion, according to people familiar with the matter, as the
U.S. drugmaker continues to streamline businesses to focus on
** Private equity firm Golden Gate Capital is in advanced
talks to acquire Phillips-Medisize Corp, a provider of medical
device manufacturing services, from buyout firm Kohlberg & Co
LLC for close to $800 million, according to people familiar with
** U.S.-based Viacom Inc said on Thursday it would
buy British TV broadcaster Channel 5 from media baron Richard
Desmond for $760 million (450 million pounds) as a keystone to
develop its worldwide presence.
** Britain's Rolls-Royce is hopeful of concluding an
estimated 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) disposal, talks on which
it announced earlier this week as it looks to exit an
energy-related business it sees as too small to effectively
** Italian transport minister Maurizio Lupi is optimistic
about ongoing talks between Etihad Airways and Alitalia over a
possible investment by the Abu Dhabi-based airline in Italy's
troubled carrier, the newspaper La Stampa reported on Thursday.
** The chief executive of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB)
said it was in talks to buy a 40 percent stake in an Indonesian
Islamic lender, as the bank eyes the world's most populous
Muslim country to help diversify its revenues.
** Salamander Energy Plc is considering selling
itself and has opened talks with "a small number" of potential
buyers, the company said on Thursday.
** British property consultant Savills Plc said it
would buy U.S.-based commercial real estate services firm
Studley Inc for up to $260 million to expand in North America.
** Northill Capital, the independent asset manager backed by
the Bertarelli family, said on Thursday it had acquired a
majority stake in fellow independent asset manager Longview
** Negotiations to buy Israeli stem cell therapies developer
Gamida cell have been terminated, Gamida's parent company said
** Plastic-packaging maker RPC Group Plc said it
would buy Hong Kong-based ACE Corp Holdings Ltd for as much as
** British pub and breweries group Greene King sold
275 tenanted and leased pubs for 75.6 million pounds ($127.66
million) on Thursday and said it would accelerate disposals to
concentrate on its faster-growing own-managed outlets.
** France's Danone SA will buy milk formula
processing and packing factories in New Zealand to replace
supply lost by terminating contracts with the Fonterra dairy
cooperative following a food safety scare last year.
** Israeli billionaire Stef Wertheimer sold its remaining 51
percent stake in Blades Technology (BTL), a manufacturer of
airplane parts, to U.S. jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney, a unit
of United Technologies Corp, for hundreds of millions of
shekels, Israeli media said.
** The core unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc is
talking to several Asian banks about investing in their
operations, a top executive said, but Japan's second-largest
lender by assets is unlikely to make the sort of flashy deals
like those done recently by its rivals.
** Telefonica Deutschland has sweetened its offer
of concessions in order to win European Union approval for its
planned takeover of KPN's E-Plus unit in Germany, a
spokesman for the telecoms firm said.
** Castleton Commodities International LLC, a privately held
U.S. commodities merchant, said Thursday it acquired a gas
processing plant in Kirtland, New Mexico and about 225 miles of
gathering pipelines from Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
($1 = 0.5922 British Pounds)
($1 = 0.7212 Euros)
(Compiled by Avik Das and Ankit Ajmera in Bangalore)