October 23, 2018 / 9:54 AM / 23 days ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds National Bank, DSV, Siemens, Mapfre)

Oct 23 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:

** U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson said it is acquiring all outstanding shares of Japanese skincare firm Ci:z Holdings Co Ltd that it does not already own for 230 billion yen ($2.05 billion) in cash.

** National Bank (NBG), Greece’s second-largest lender will ask European Union competition authorities for more time to complete planned asset sales under an EU-approved restructuring plan, two bankers close to the matter said.

** Siemens and Alstom will receive a warning this week from European Union antitrust regulators that their plan to create a Franco-German rail champion will hurt competition, a person familiar with the matter said.

** Freight forwarder DSV will no longer pursue its unsolicited offer for Swiss transport group Ceva Logistics , the Danish company said.

** German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp has hired Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank as advisors in a planned spin-off of its capital goods business, a spokesman for Thyssenkrupp said.

** Spanish insurers Mapfre and Santa Lucia are mulling a merger of their funeral services businesses, hoping to take advantage of growing demand and stable cash-flows to create the Spanish market leader, three sources with knowledge of the deal said.

** Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said that anti-trust regulations abroad will mean that the company’s planned acquisition of a stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) will take time.

** Turkey’s Yildiz Holding has launched the sale of Godiva chocolate’s Japanese business with the first round of the auction set to close early next month, sources said.

** AstraZeneca is ploughing deeper into cancer immunotherapy through a wide-ranging deal with Innate Pharma , which includes the British group buying a 9.8 percent stake in the French biotech company.

** Canada’s FSD Pharma Inc signed a letter of intent to acquire Israel’s Therapix Biosciences Ltd for $48 million in stock, combining two complementary businesses focused on the research and development of cannabinoid treatments.

** FWD Group, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, will buy control of an Indonesian life insurance venture from Commonwealth Bank of Australia for A$426 million ($300 million) as it seeks to expand across Asia.

** Australian private equity firm BGH Capital and its partners lobbed a second A$4.1 billion ($2.9 billion) bid for hospital operator Healthscope Ltd, this time with a top shareholder’s support.

** Aluminum products maker Arconic Inc’s board of directors is mulling an $11 billion acquisition offer it received last Friday from buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC, according to people familiar with the matter.

** Biosev SA, the Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer controlled by global commodities trader Louis Dreyfus , is in talks to sell more assets in the country as it seeks to cut debt, two sources with knowledge of the plans told Reuters.

** Providence Service Corp, the largest provider of non-emergency medical transportation services in the United States, is exploring a sale after attracting interest from private equity firms, three people familiar with the matter said. (Compiled by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu and Manogna Maddipatla in Bengaluru)

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