July 10 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,
acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S., Canadian
and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Tuesday:
** Intel Corp will spend more than $4 billion to
buy up to 15 percent of ASML and bankroll the Dutch
company's research into costly next-generation chipmaking
technology, a major vote of confidence in the European firm that
sent its U.S. shares soaring 6 percent.
** Cable operator Comcast Corp said its NBC
Universal unit will sell its 15.8 percent stake in History
Channel owner A&E Television Networks LLC to the other partners
in the venture for $3.02 billion in cash.
** China's Ming Yang Wind Power Group Ltd said it
currently had no plans to acquire troubled Vestas, the
world's largest turbine maker, denying a report that it was in
talks to buy its Danish rival for up to $2.5 billion.
** Bankrupt aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Inc, owned by
Goldman Sachs and Onex Corp, said it is in
exclusive talks with a little-known Chinese aerospace firm over
the sale of the company for $1.79 billion, an offer that may
flush out higher bids from other parties.
** The private equity owners of Norwegian cable group Get
are preparing for a 1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) plus sale of
the company, people familiar with the situation said, aiming to
tap one of the most active sectors for buyout groups since the
** Private equity groups and local rival UPC are circling
Multimedia Polska, Poland's No.3 cable group, being
sold with a pricetag of about 700 million euros ($861 million),
sources close to the deal told Reuters on Tuesday.
** American Campus Communities Inc said it would buy
15 student housing properties from affiliates of Campus
Acquisitions LLC for $627 million, including debt.
** South Africa's No.2 drugs maker Adcock Ingram
has agreed to pay $86 million for Indian medicines business
Cosme Farma, it said, bulking up its presence in the high-growth
$16 billion market.
** French specialty chemicals group Arkema said on
Tuesday it planned to sell its tin stabiliser business to Mount
Laurel, N.J.-based PMC Group as it focuses on faster-growing
** Shares of aircraft lessor AerCap Holdings NV rose
16 percent to a four-month high after a report that the company
was exploring strategic options, including a sale.
** British bus and rail operator Stagecoach scrapped
plans to buy a small, local bus business from rival operator
FirstGroup after the UK consumer protection watchdog
referred the deal to the competition regulator.