Oct 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Amazon.Com Inc is in advanced talks to buy the
supplier of chips for its Kindle tablet computer, Israeli
financial newspaper Calcalist reported.
** Private equity group Advent International said it had
agreed to buy leading Danish IT services and software group KMD
from rival EQT and pension fund ATP.
** Kenya's TransCentury will sell part of its stake
in Tanzanian tea packager Chai Bora to focus on its
infrastructure and engineering businesses.
** Sinopec Corp dropped its $2.2 billion offer
with ENN Energy Holdings for China Gas due
to regulatory hurdles, a defeat for acquisitive Chairman Fu
Chengyu in what would have been the first unsolicited takeover
in Hong Kong.
** Japanese mobile operator Softbank Corp said it
will buy up to 70 percent in Sprint Nextel Corp, the
third-largest U.S. carrier, for about $20.1 billion - the most a
Japanese firm has spent on an overseas acquisition.
** Private equity investor Advent has made a takeover bid
for Douglas Holding, jointly with the company's
founding family, that values the German perfume-to-books
retailer at 1.5 billion euros ($1.95 billion).
** Private equity group Cinven is buying
family-owned niche pharmaceuticals business Amdipharm for 367
million pounds ($590 million) as part of a plan to create a much
larger producer of generic drugs worth as much as 2 billion
pounds ($3 billion).
** Mexico-focused Argonaut Gold Inc will buy Prodigy
Gold Inc for about C$341 million ($348 million), taking
control of Prodigy's Magino project in Ontario as it looks to
expand its output to half a million ounces a year.
** China-based Yongye International Inc, a crop
nutrient products maker, received a buyout offer from a group
led by its chief executive that values the company at $334
** Private equity fund PAI Partners has agreed to buy 78.4
percent of Marcolin for 207 million euros ($268.42
million) and will launch a bid for remaining shares aimed at
delisting Italy's No.3 eyewear manufacturer
** Charles Schwab Corp said it will acquire
dividend income-focused asset management firm ThomasPartners Inc
in a deal that includes an upfront payment of $85 million.
** Virgin Money and U.S. private equity firm J.C. Flowers
are leading a small field of potential suitors to buy 316
branches from Royal Bank of Scotland, after Spain's
Santander pulled out of a deal on Friday
** U.S. farm and construction equipment maker CNH
rejected the terms of a proposed merger with Italy's Fiat
Industrial, a setback for Chairman Sergio Marchionne's
plans for a U.S. listing.
** Norway's Norsk Hydro and Orkla will
merge their extruded aluminum businesses into a 50/50 joint
venture to cut cost and gain scale amid the industry's global
downturn, the two firms said .
** Britain's Tullow Oil acquired a 40 percent stake
in the Tooq licence, which is operated by the oil business of
Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, to look for oil in
** Poland's top utility PGE has scrapped plans to
acquire wind energy projects in Germany and Britain, the group's
Chief Financial Officer Wojciech Ostrowski said.
** Oil and gas producer Trinity Exploration & Production Ltd
will take over London-listed Bayfield Energy Holdings Plc
, adding to its assets in Trinidad and Tobago and
accelerating plans for a public listing.
** Morocco will offer to sell a 44 percent stake in its flag
carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to major Gulf airlines,
an official source said on Monday.
** Russian mobile phone company MegaFon, which is
preparing for a stock market listing in London, said on Monday
it could pay up to $1.33 billion to buy half of the country's
leading cellphone retailer Euroset.
** Italian advertising group Cairo Communications has
presented an offer for broadcaster Telecom Italia Media
, two sources close to the matter said on Monday.
** Three of Nigeria's CDMA mobile operators - Starcomms
, Multilinks and MTS - are seeking approval to
merge, the Nigerian telecoms regulator said on Monday.
** Italy's No. 1 commercial broadcaster Mediaset has
drawn interest from a series of foreign TV groups, a source
close to the company confirmed on Monday.