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

viernes 13 de febrero de 2009 21:59 CET

(Updates Metro, Thoratec; adds Porsche, Chinalco, others)

Feb 13 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday.

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

** Investors tendered 395 million euros ($504 million) worth of shares and roughly 2.34 percent of the votes in Swedish truckmaker Scania to Porsche SE, which then promptly sold them to Volkswagen (VW) at the same price.

To read more, please double-click on [ID:nLD168013]

** Chinalco president Xiao Yaqing said his firm had no plans to increase its minority stake in miner Rio Tinto (RIO.L: Cotización) (RIO.AX: Cotización), the Financial Times reported. [ID:nN12493526]

** Cardiac-device maker Thoratec THOR.O will buy Australia's HeartWare International HIN.AX for about $282 million in a cash and stock deal, which could give Thoratec a stronghold over the market for machines that help pump blood in patients with a weak heart. [ID:nBNG370564]

** Shares in small Thai lender ACL Bank ACL.BK surged as much as 18 percent on speculation that it might be a target of Bank of Ayudhya (BAY) (BAY.BK: Cotización), which wants to acquire retail banking businesses. [ID:nBKK25008]

** Lloyds of London insurer Beazley Group PLC BEZG.L announced plans to raise 150 million pounds ($213 million) to exploit growth opportunities and fund the $35 million acquisition of U.S. underwriting firm First State. [ID:nLC517699]   Continuación...