Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
(Adds Chemetall, KazMunayGaz, Extrafarma, Quadra, Italian cos)
June 17 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Friday:
** Germany's BASF SE, the world's largest chemical producer, is buying Albemarle Corp's surface-treatment unit Chemetall for $3.2 billion in cash, bolstering its automotive coatings business, the companies said on Friday.
** Mosaic Co, the world's top producer of concentrated phosphate, has entered talks to buy Vale SA's fertilizer unit, in a renewed push to grow in South America and Africa, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The value of Vale's fertilizer assets could reach $3 billion.
** Private equity firm Apax Partners LLP is exploring a sale of Trader Corp which could value the Canadian provider of advertising for automotive dealers at more than $1.5 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.
** KazMunayGaz offered to buy out minority shareholders of Kazmunaigas Exploration and Production (KMG EP) for $1.2 billion but independent directors of the subsidiary said the offer "significantly undervalues" it.
** Germany's Siemens and Spain's Gamesa announced plans to create the world's biggest builder of windfarms on Friday, seeking to combine their respective strengths in offshore wind power and developing markets.
** The new chief executive of Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday that the state-run oil company has received offers to buy a stake in its fuels-retailing unit BR Distribuidora SA in recent days, boosting plans to raise cash and cut debt.
** Kroton Educacional SA, Brazil's largest for-profit education firm, sees a need to improve terms of a takeover bid for Estácio Participações SA due to the recent surge in Estácio's share price, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. Continued...