Sept 18 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:
** Coca-Cola HBC, which bottles Coca-Cola products in Europe, has agreed to buy Italian mineral water maker and sparkling beverage company Lurisia in a deal worth 88 million euros ($97 million), it said.
** India’s government is open to selling a partial stake in debt-laden state-run carrier Air India to a foreign airline, people familiar with the matter said.
** Orsted has agreed to sell its Danish power distribution and retail businesses to energy firm SEAS-NVE for 21.3 billion Danish crowns ($3.15 billion) on a cash and debt-free basis, the Danish utility said.
** Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc said on Wednesday it had received a “highly preliminary” expression of interest from TVFC Ltd, a company controlled by Stobart Group’s former boss Andrew Tinkler.
** Australia’s coalition government will face its biggest test toward investment from mainland China since its May re-election with at least two corporate buyouts likely needing approval from a regulatory body increasingly vigilant of security risks.
** Oil major Exxon Mobil Corp said it was looking to sell its 50% stake in the Gippsland Basin oil and gas development in Australia’s Bass Strait as part of a broader review of its portfolio of assets around the world.
** Nissan Motor Co Ltd is looking to sell its vehicle parts and materials distribution business in a deal that may be valued at about $1 billion, Bloomberg reported, as the struggling Japanese automaker seeks to slim down.
** National Bank (NBG) plans to sell four portfolios of non-performing loans this year, bankers close to the process said, as Greece’s recovering economy allows its major banks to focus on balance sheet repair after a 10-year debt crisis.
** Britain will investigate the national security impact of the purchase of defence company Cobham by U.S. private equity firm Advent International, potentially delaying or even blocking the $5 billion deal. (Compiled by C Nivedita in Bengaluru)