October 15, 2013 / 2:37 PM / 4 years ago

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Oct 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1430 GMT on Tuesday:

** Spanish telecoms company Telefonica is exploring options for its Czech business, which could include a sale, and is in talks with Czech investment group PPF, it said. Reuters cited banking sources on Monday as saying Telefonica was set to sell its $3.6 billion stake in Telefonica Czech Republic , with PPF the most likely buyer.

** Japanese mobile phone carrier SoftBank Corp and part-owned subsidiary GungHo Online Entertainment Inc will buy 51 percent of Finnish smartphone game maker Supercell for 150 billion yen ($1.50 billion), the Nikkei newspaper reported.

** Siemens AG is in advanced talks to sell its water technologies unit to private equity group AEA Investors for about $800 million, two people familiar with the transaction said. The industrial conglomerate said at the time it wanted to focus on its most profitable assets - its fossil power generation business, which makes gas turbines and power plants, and its industrial automation business.

** Mac-Gray Corp, a coin laundry operator, said it would sell itself to CSC ServiceWorks Inc for about $524 million, including debt.

** British drugmaker AstraZeneca said its MedImmune unit would buy biotech company Spirogen for up to $440 million to bolster its oncology portfolio.

** China’s Wumart Stores Inc will acquire a bulk of CP Group’s retail stores on the mainland and take a stake in one of the Thai group’s companies in an all-stock deal worth $374 million, helping Wumart to grow its footprint in northern China. Wumart, an operator of supermarkets, has agreed to buy a majority of the CP Lotus retail stores in China for HK$2.34 billion ($302 million), the companies said in a joint statement. Wumart will also gain a 10 percent stake in CP Lotus .

** Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti signed a deal to sell a 70 pecent stake in the Italian soccer club to a group lead by Indonesia’s Erick Thohir after months of negotiations with the business tycoon. Italian media have previously said Thohir might be willing to pay up to 350 million euros ($476 million) for up to 75 percent of the cash-strapped Serie A club.

** Fuel marketer Caltex Australia Ltd has entered a conditional agreement to sell its bitumen unit to Trafigura’s Puma Energy, the companies said. Caltex Australia, part-owned by oil major Chevron, said that it no longer considered bitumen a “core business”.

** Rosneft, the world’s top listed oil company by output, has taken full control of an East Siberian crude producer in a deal to underpin ambitious plans to expand exports to China.

** Russian internet group Yandex said it had acquired KinoPoisk, the largest Russian-language website dedicated to movies, in a move to further enhance its search. Financial terms were not disclosed.

** Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) is considering selling 5 to 10 percent of its stake in LNG Canada project, in which it currently holds 20 percent, KOGAS chief executive said at the World Energy Congress.

** Banco Bradesco SA’s healthcare unit agreed to take control of Odontoprev SA, Brazil’s largest dental benefits provider, amid a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the nation’s thriving healthcare industry.

** Fiat SpA will have to wait longer than hoped to settle the price to buy out a minority shareholder of its Chrysler business after a judge on Monday set a September 2014 trial. The Italian automaker had sought a May trial and had offered to fly executives to the United States for depositions to speed its lawsuit with the union trust that owns a 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler.

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