UPDATE 2-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

jueves 26 de febrero de 2009 15:30 CET

(Adds Mechel, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Barnes & Noble and others )

Feb 26 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1430 GMT on Thursday.

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

** Britain's BG Plc BG.L has acquired a 29 percent stake in Australian coal seam gas producer Pure Energy Resources Ltd PES.AX, Pure said in a statement.

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** Russian miner Mechel (MTL.N: Cotización) has agreed to buy U.S. privately-owned Bluestone Coal Corp. for $425 million plus shares, having agreed to a $4 billion cash deal last year, a source familiar with the matter said. [ID:nLQ435071]

** Anheuser-Busch InBev INTB.BR is considering selling its Czech Staropramen brewery, the Hospodarske Noviny newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources. [ID:nLQ849047]

** Thailand's fourth-largest lender Kasikornbank KBAN.BK said it would spend up to 7.24 billion baht ($202 million) to expand its life assurance business by taking a larger stake in a joint venture insurer. [ID:nBKK383586]

** Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N: Cotización), the world's largest bookseller, has sold its majority interest in Calendar Club for about $1 million in cash and $6 million in notes. [ID:nBNG434901]   Continuación...