Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:15pm EDT
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(Adds General Electric, Phoenix Group, News Corp, Amgen, Worldpay, Potash Corp; Updates Anheuser-Busch)

Sept 16 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** Anheuser-Busch InBev has approached rival SABMiller about a takeover that would form a brewing colossus producing a third of the world's beer.

** Dentsply International Inc said it would merge with peer Sirona Dental Systems Inc in a $5.56 billion all-stock deal, creating the world's largest dental equipment maker.

** General Electric Co said on Wednesday it had sold a $3.7 billion portfolio of loans from its British home lending business to private equity-backed Kensington Mortgage Co Ltd as it continues to shrink its financing arm, GE Capital.

** Phoenix Group Holdings, Britain's largest consolidator of closed life funds, is in talks to buy smaller rival Guardian Financial Services in a deal that could cost over 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion), Sky News said.