Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:00pm EDT
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(Adds Hershey, Lions Gate, Newmont Nusa Tenggar, Superior Plus, News Corp, Dick's Sporting, Carmike, Safran, Novo Banco, InterOil and Mylan)

June 30 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Hershey Co said on Thursday it had rejected a $23 billion preliminary offer by Mondelez International Inc that would seek to expand the latter's limited U.S. footprint and create the world's largest confectioner.

** Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, the film studio behind the Hunger Games movies, said Thursday it would buy premium television network Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that would unite two media companies with ties to cable mogul John Malone.

** Airbus Group and Safran pledged on Thursday to make Europe competitive in the face of U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX as they completed a deal to merge their space launcher activities.

** South Africa's Competition Tribunal granted conditional approval for the proposed merger of about $100 billion by brewer Anheuser-Busch Inbev and SABMiller, the antitrust authority said on Thursday.

** An Indonesian investor group consisting of oil and gas tycoon Arifin Panigoro and banker Agus Projosasmito will spend $2.6 billion to buy 82.2 percent of Newmont Nusa Tenggara (NNT), which operates Indonesia's second-biggest copper and gold mine.

** Canadian chemical maker Superior Plus Corp said it scrapped the acquisition of rival Canexus Corp as they could not agree on terms, two days after the C$324 million ($251 million) deal was approved by Canada's antitrust regulator.   Continued...