(Adds Safaricom, Shell, OIAG, Telefonica, Daimler, Belgacom,
Vivendi, Isagen, Air France-KLM)
March 28 The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** French gas and power group GDF Suez said it had
signed a deal to sell U.S. liquefied natural gas to CPC Corp of
** Investment group J&T has merged its stake in Unipetrol
with those of various clients, making them the
second-biggest shareholder in the Czech downstream oil group
with more influence to push for supervisory board seats and a
** Italian energy group Eni said it had sold a 7
percent stake in Galp Energia for 702.4 million euros
($965 million) via an accelerated bookbuilding offered to
** Brazil has approved Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil's
acquisition of a stake in an offshore oil concession
from mining giant Vale, Statoil said on Friday.
** Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd has delayed
signing a landmark agreement to take up to a $2.7 billion stake
in Israel's Leviathan gas field, but said on Friday that it was
in talks to overcome remaining issues.
** Canadian metals explorer Augusta Resource Corp,
which is fighting off a hostile takeover bid from HudBay
Minerals Inc, said nine parties had expressed interest
in the company in response to its strategic review.
** The New Zealand government said it would sell up to 49
percent of power company Genesis Energy Ltd at
NZ$1.55 a share, earning it up to NZ$736 million ($638 million)
from the sale.
** Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd,
in talks to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank Ltd, has
halted trading of its shares three days before the banks'
exclusive talks on a multibillion dollar deal are due to expire.
** Australia's federal government said it would pay states
to sell off assets as treasurers across jurisdictions agreed to
do more to lure local and overseas investors to take a slice of
an estimated A$100 billion ($92.58 billion) in infrastructure.
** Papua New Guinea energy company Oil Search Ltd
launched a fight on Friday to contest French oil giant Total
SA's purchase of a 40 percent stake in PNG's biggest
undeveloped gas field.
** Swedish truck and heavy vehicle group Volvo
said it had agreed to sell commercial real estate in a deal
expected to boost second quarter operating income by 900 million
Swedish crowns ($139 million).
** Kenya's telecoms regulator granted conditional approval
to the nation's biggest telecoms operators, Safaricom
and the local unit of Bharti Airtel to buy the No. 3
network, Yu, operated by India's Essar Telecoms.
** Nigerian firms Taleveras and Aiteo have made the highest
bid of $2.85 billion for the biggest of four Shell
assets up for sale, but the oil major is holding out while it
tries to persuade them to team up with Seplat, an existing
** Austrian state holding company OIAG's board authorised
management to negotiate a deal to pool the state's Telekom
Austria stake with that of Carlos Slim's America Movil
AMXL.MX, effectively handing Slim control of the group.
** Telefonica, which wants to buy KPN's
E-Plus unit in Germany, should be forced to give rivals cost
price access to its German network and sell some of its prepaid
brands, German telecoms and Internet services provider Freenet
said on Friday.
** Germany's Daimler and Beijing Automotive
Industry Corp (IPO-BAC.SS) have earmarked 1 billion euros ($1.37
billion) of a 4 billion-euro China investment plan to more than
double car production at their joint venture by 2015.
** Belgian telecoms group Belgacom said on Friday
it had agreed to sell its French IT services unit Telindus
France to French group Vivendi for 95 million euros
($130.7 million) in cash.
** Colombia's Council of State, a top judicial authority,
has suspended the sale of the government's stake in the Andean
nation's third-biggest power generator, Isagen, over
allegations the transaction is being carried out in violation of
** Air France-KLM said it accepted the firm offer
from Germany's Intro Aviation GmbH to purchase its CityJet
regional airline as well as its subsidiary VLM.
** Germany's TAG Immobilien agreed to sell the
bulk of its commercial real estate business to Apollo Global
Management in a deal worth 297 million euros ($408
million) as it seeks to focus on residential properties.
** French market regulator AMF has asked Vivendi,
cable firm Numericable, its parent Altice
and rival bidder Bouygues for more transparency in
their talks over a takeover of Vivendi's telecom unit SFR.
($1 = 1.15 New Zealand dollars)
($1 = 1.08 Australian dollars)
($1 = 6.48 Swedish crowns)
($1 = 0.73 euros)
(Compiled by Neha Dimri and Sampad Patnaik in Bangalore)