UPDATE 3-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

jueves 31 de enero de 2008 22:02 CET

(Adds Applied Materials and Marathon Oil)

Jan 31 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday.

(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** Altria Group Inc (MO.N: Cotización) said it commenced tender offers to buy notes and debentures worth $2.6 billion, in connection with a planned spin-off of its unit Philip Morris International Inc.

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** India's Tata Chemicals Ltd (TTCH.BO: Cotización) said it has agreed to buy U.S.-based soda-ash producer General Chemical Industrial Products Inc (GNMP.PK: Cotización). The Indian chemicals maker said it will pay $1.005 billion for the acquisition. [nBMB310930]

** Oil explorer Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.L: Cotización) said it was selling its 11 percent stake in the onshore M'Boundi field in Congo for $435 million to Korea National Oil Corp (KNOC). [nL31310346]

** Applied Materials Inc (AMAT.O: Cotización) said it acquired Italian solar equipment maker Baccini SpA for $334 million, as the No. 1 chip equipment maker seeks to build its solar business. [nN31358876]

** Amazon.com (AMZN.O: Cotización) said it had reached an agreement to buy Audible.com ADBL.O for $11.50 a share. Amazon values the transaction at about $300 million, including Audible.com's cash and short-term investments. [nN31291581]   Continuación...