MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Sept 25
Sept 25 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.
(Adds Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Dollar General, Sensata, Ingersoll-Rand and Mexichem)
Aug 18 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping a bid by Dollar Tree Inc that had threatened to unseat the biggest U.S. discount retailer from the peak of a highly competitive market.
** Sensors and electrical controls maker Sensata Technologies Holding NV said it would buy Schrader International for an enterprise value of $1 billion to meet growing demand for sensors to monitor car-tire pressure.
** Ingersoll-Rand Plc, a maker of heating and air conditioning systems, said it would buy Cameron International Corp's centrifugal compression unit for $850 million.
** Shares in Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd jumped 15 percent on Monday on a media report that its 60-percent shareholder, Roche Holding AG, was in talks to buy the rest of the company for about $10 billion.
** ConvaTec's private equity owners plan to explore a sale of the medical device maker next year, even as interest from several healthcare companies in a potential $10 billion acquisition intensifies, according to people familiar with the matter. Diversified U.S. manufacturer 3M Co and medical equipment makers CareFusion Corp and C.R. Bard Inc are among the companies exploring a potential deal for ConvaTec, the people said.
** Mexico's Mexichem said on Monday it had reached a deal to pay $630 million in cash and debt to buy U.S. plastic pipe maker Dura-Line Corp from private equity firm CHS Capital.
** BHP Billiton is set to unwind what's left of its 2001 merger with South Africa's Billiton on Tuesday, bundling the remaining assets into a new company to be handed to shareholders so it can focus on its core businesses.
** Telecom Italia is preparing to offer up to 7 billion euros ($9.4 billion) to outbid Spain's Telefonica in the race to acquire Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, according to a Bloomberg report on Sunday.
** Japanese utility Chugoku Electric Power Co said on Monday it had signed a contract with Idemitsu Kosan Co to buy a 10 percent stake in its Boggabri coal mine in Australia, marking the first time it bought an upstream coal stake.
** Deutsche Telekom is mulling acquisitions of smaller cable operators, Focus magazine said on Sunday, citing the head of the company's German operations.
** Private equity firms Blackstone Group LP and TPG Capital Management LP are close to buying subprime mortgage lender, Kensington, Britain's Sky News reported on Sunday.
** The Sultan of Brunei has made a bid for New York's Plaza Hotel, Dream Hotel and London's Grosvenor House hotel, the Wall Street Journal's website edition reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation.
** Swiss investment manager Partners Group Holding AG has agreed to buy the majority of China-focused elevator guide rail maker Savera Group for around 2 billion yuan ($325 million), people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
** Global private equity firm KKR & Co LP and Australian property manager Abacus Property Group have agreed to buy 70 percent of the World Trade Centre in Melbourne for A$120.4 million ($112.1 million), Abacus said in a statement on Monday.
** Swiss lender Raiffeisen is open to making acquisitions in private banking and asset management, potentially targeting firms handling assets of 20 billion to 30 billion Swiss francs ($22 billion-$33 billion), its chief was quoted as saying on Saturday.
** Shareholders of National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK) have approved a 3.64-dirham ($0.99) per share offer to buy a majority stake in Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance Co , the bank said on Monday.
** Singapore commodities firm Olam International Ltd has agreed to sell a 25 percent stake in its packaged foods operations to Japanese instant noodle maker Sanyo Foods for $187.5 million, the companies said in a joint statement.
** Vesuvius Plc said it had agreed to buy businesses in Brazil and the United States for a total of about 30 million pounds ($50 million) to strengthen its position as a technical services provider to the steel and foundry industries.
** Kuwait Food Co (Americana) said on Monday that it had no knowledge of any talks with Saudi Arabia's Savola Group on a possible acquisition of Americana.
** Rio Tinto is set to decide on its stake in a long-dormant copper mine in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville after the passage of a new mining law on the island, with the company possibly pulling out of the project after a quarter of a century.
** Shari Arison, the controlling shareholder of Bank Hapoalim, sold 176 million shekels ($51 million) worth of Hapoalim shares, the bank said on Sunday.
** Google Inc is buying JetPac Inc, the startup that designs social travel applications disclosed on its website on Friday, without providing details.
** Fund manager David Winters has sold his shares in Berkshire Hathaway Inc, citing Chairman Warren Buffett's inaction on Coca-Cola Co's equity plan.
** The Brazilian Cutrale-Safra Group, which had an unsolicited bid for Chiquita Brands International Inc rejected by management, started preliminary steps to launch a proxy fight in its hostile takeover attempt.
** International Business Machines Corp said that U.S. regulators had approved the $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business to Lenovo Group Ltd, as the company continues its shift to more profitable software and services such as cloud computing and data analytics. (Compiled by Amrutha Penumudi and Amrutha Gayathri in Bangalore)
MEXICO CITY, Sept 24 A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm.
TORONTO, Sept 24 Canada's Unifor union has set a tentative strike deadline of midnight Oct. 10 for talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the labor group said on Saturday as it prepares to vote on a related deal with General Motors Co.