June 14, 2018 / 10:02 AM / 10 months ago

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Puig, Media-Saturn, Teleperformance, Deutsche Bank, Apollo Global, Rene Benko, CRH; Updates Royal Caribbean)

June 14 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Comcast Corp offered $65 billion on Wednesday to lure Twenty-First Century Fox Inc away from a merger with Walt Disney Co, setting up a bidding war between two of the largest U.S. media companies with its 20 percent higher offer.

** Australia’s Sirtex Medical has picked the highest bidder in a takeover battle for the liver cancer specialist, going with a $1.4 billion Chinese offer that trumped U.S. company Varian Medical Systems.

** Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said it would buy a 66.7 percent stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises for about $1 billion to add ultra-luxury and expedition cruises to its fleet.

** Teleperformance has agreed to buy India-based Intelenet from U.S. private equity firm Blackstone in a $1 billion deal aimed at strengthening its specialised services business, the French company said.

** Fortis Healthcare Ltd on Wednesday withdrew the scheme of arrangement and amalgamation with its units Fortis Malar Hospitals Ltd and SRL Ltd, citing a delay in its completion.

** Mineral sands producer Mineral Deposits advised its shareholders to reject an increased A$345 million ($261 million) takeover bid from French miner Eramet SA, saying it still undervalued the company.

** Investment firm Kinnevik said it aimed to distribute its shares in MTG to its shareholders in an effort to speed up the completion of the proposed merger of Tele2 and Com Hem. Mobile operator Tele2, in which Kinnevik owns 30 percent of shares, agreed in January a $3.2 billion takeover of cable TV company Com Hem, in which the investment firm owns 19 percent.

** Embattled private equity firm Abraaj has sold its entire 5.4 percent stake in Orascom Construction Ltd for about $52 million.

** Diversified Gas & Oil Plc said it planned to buy oil and gas producing assets in the Appalachian Basin for about $575 million, as it bets on the U.S. shale gas boom.

** Centrica plans to sell its 20 percent stake in eight British power plants by the end of 2020, but has yet to start marketing the assets, the company’s CEO said.

** Luxembourg’s Anatol S.a.r.l. will not announce a takeover bid for Slovenian metal products maker Cinkarna Celje, strategic communication firm Propiar, which represents Anatol, said.

** British wealth manager Rathbone Brothers has agreed to buy its biggest independent rival in Scotland, Speirs & Jeffrey, boosting its assets by almost a fifth to 44.5 billion pounds ($60 bln).

** Austrian property and retail investor Rene Benko has reached a deal to buy Steinhoff’s Austrian unit Kika/Leiner, saving the division from bankruptcy, several Austrian newspapers reported.

** Spanish fashion and fragrance group Puig said it had taken a majority stake in Belgian brand Dries Van Noten, adding to a portfolio that includes labels like Jean Paul Gaultier.

** Deutsche Bank has found a buyer for the bulk of its bad ship loans as it seeks to draw a line under sour investments in the sector and to start a fresh push in transport lending, people close to the matter said.

** German consumer electronics group Media-Saturn is in advanced talks to sell its loss-making Russian business to Safmar and take a 15 percent stake in Safmar’s M.video , parent firm Ceconomy said.

** The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it had approved a merger between Georgia’s Ameris Bancorp and Hamilton State Bancshares, in a further sign of growing bank consolidation in the country.

** Apollo Global Management has halted plans to sell U.S. military security services business Constellis after talks with Canada’s Garda World Security Corp broke down, according to people familiar with the matter.

** Construction company CRH Plc agreed to divest facilities in three states in order to win U.S. antitrust approval to buy Ash Grove Cement Co, the Federal Trade Commission said. (Compiled by Nivedita Balu and Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru)

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