(Adds Verizon, AT&T, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras, Meredith
Corp; Updates Banco Espirito Santo, Stanley Black & Decker)
Jan 5 The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2150 GMT on Thursday:
** Stanley Black & Decker Inc, in its second big
acquisition in three months, agreed to buy Sears Holdings Corp's
Craftsman brand, giving the company known mainly for
power tools an entry into the lawn and garden equipment market.
** A senior executive of Verizon Communications Inc
said the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of
Yahoo Inc's internet business.
** Donald Trump remains opposed to AT&T Inc's planned
$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, Bloomberg
reported, citing people close to the president-elect.
** U.S. sports magnate Stanley Kroenke, who is the majority
shareholder of London soccer club Arsenal, has bought into
leading French vineyard Bonneau du Martray, the parties behind
the deal said.
** A subsidiary of Brazil's power holding company Centrais
Eletricas Brasileiras SA is in talks with China's Shangai
Electric Group Co to sell part of its power
transmission projects, the company said.
** Media company Meredith Corp has contacted Time
Inc to express intent in a potential merger, Bloomberg
reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc said
it would buy CEB Inc, a provider of business research
and analysis, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.6 billion to
expand its business services.
** Currency market news and information website Finance
Magnates has agreed to purchase online peer ForexLive for an
undisclosed sum, according to a statement from the companies
seen by Reuters.
** Austrian bank BAWAG PSK, backed by US
financial investor Cerberus, is bidding for German private bank
Oldenburgische Landesbank, two sources familiar with
the matter told Reuters.
** Budget airline Fastjet Plc said South African
carrier Solenta would become a 28 percent shareholder in the
company and that it would also raise at least $28.8 million
through a share placement.
** Portugal's central bank has chosen U.S. private equity
firm Lone Star as the leading candidate to buy Novo Banco, the
bank carved out of collapsed Banco Espirito Santo (BES), the
central bank said in a statement.
** Specialist insurer Pension Insurance Corp has completed a
190 million pound ($233.34 million) pensioner buyout for the GKN
Group Pension Scheme, it said.
** China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd said it would pay
HK$1.87 billion ($241 million) to raise its stake in China
Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd to secure a stable supply of
** Online retailer Amazon.com Inc and teen apparel
store chain Forever 21 Inc are among the companies weighing
offers to acquire bankrupt American Apparel LLC, people familiar
with the talks said on Wednesday.
** Bankrupt renewable energy company SunEdison Inc has
reached a deal with a spinoff company that helps clear the way
for a $150 million sale of its solar materials business to a
Chinese buyer, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.
** Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, is
leading a group investing more than $100 million in Brazilian
on-demand taxi and ride sharing company 99, the companies said
(Compiled by Akankshita Mukhopadhyay and Gayathree Ganesan in