Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

Tue Mar 5, 2013 4:03pm EST
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March 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday:

** Giant U.S. food and grain-handling companies ConAgra Foods Inc, Cargill and CHS Inc plan to combine their North American flour milling businesses into a new venture that would control more than a third of U.S. capacity, dwarfing all competitors in size and market reach.

** RWE, Germany's second-biggest utility, has put its oil and gas exploration unit up for sale in a move that could raise close to 5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) for its drive to cut debt.

** The McGraw-Hill Cos Inc said the $2.5 billion sale of its textbook business to private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is now an all-cash deal. The company will receive $150 million in cash at closing instead of being issued $250 million of unsecured notes.

** HSBC Holdings Plc has agreed to sell two portfolios of consumer loans in the United States for $3.2 billion in cash as part of a strategy to slim down its U.S. operations.   Continued...