Aug 6 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Tuesday:
** The Washington Post Co said on Monday it has sold
its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com
Inc for $250 million.
** Morgan Stanley is exploring various options for
its multibillion dollar commodities business, with the sale of a
minority stake being one possibility, three sources familiar
with the situation said on Monday.
** Two of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's partners in
his telecoms holding company Garsdale -- which owns a stake in
telecoms operator MegaFon -- are planning to
sell out for up to $1.9 billion, the Vedomosti newspaper
** A group including former U.S. insurance magnate Maurice
"Hank" Greenberg and an Abu Dhabi sovereign fund have agreed to
buy a prominent Tokyo office building for $1 billion, the
biggest property deal in Japan since February, said people with
direct knowledge of the transaction.
** Alliant Techsystems Inc, the world's largest
ammunition maker, is in advanced talks to buy Bushnell Outdoor
Products Inc in a deal that could value the gun accessory maker
at around $1 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said
** German generic drugmaker Stada said it was
entering exclusive talks to buy British over-the-counter drug
manufacturer Thornton & Ross.
Stada will use cash on hand and existing free credit lines
to finance the acquisition, the company said, without saying how
much it expected to pay for Thornton & Ross.
** Raizen Energia SA bought a 10 percent stake in STP, owner
of the electronic payment system Sem Parar (non-stop in
Portuguese), to allow the tool to be used at Shell gas stations
in Brazil, according to a securities filing on Monday.
Raizen, the world's largest sugar and ethanol producer, is a
joint venture between Brazil's Cosan SA and Royal
Dutch Shell Plc. Raizen paid 250 million reais ($108.23
million) for the stake.
** The National Hockey League sold the Phoenix Coyotes on
Monday to a group of investors headed by Canadian businessmen
George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc, successfully ending a
four-year search for a new owner who would keep the team in
The terms of the sale were not disclosed, but ESPN.com
pegged it at $170 million.
** Telefonica Czech Republic is close to a
cost-cutting deal to share infrastructure with rival Vodafone
, newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes reported on Tuesday, citing
sources close to both companies.
Vodafone, No. 3 in the Czech market, would pay Telefonica CR
40 million euros ($52.96 million) under the arrangement,
according to company documents cited by the newspaper.