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

martes 19 de febrero de 2008 22:01 CET

(Adds Staples, Ducati, Cordero Energy, and others)

Feb 19 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday.

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

** U.S. office supply retailer Staples Inc (SPLS.O: Cotización) made an unsolicited 2.5 billion euro ($3.7 billion) bid for Corporate Express CXP.AS after unsuccessful attempts to hold friendly merger talks with the Dutch office supply company.

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** A unit of Manulife Financial Corp (MFC.TO: Cotización) has agreed to buy 900,000 acres of forestland and related assets in the southern United States for $1.7 billion including debt, the seller said. [nN19289792]

** Russian steel maker Evraz Group HK1q.L said it may spend as much as $1.5 billion to buy Delong Holdings Ltd (DELO.SI: Cotización) in its first move into China's giant steel market, the world's fastest growing.[nL18432170]

** Home-healthcare provider Amedisys Inc (AMED.O: Cotización) said it agreed to acquire TLC Health Care Services Inc, which provides home nursing and hospice services, from private equity investment firm Arcapita Inc and its affiliates for $395 million in cash. [nBNG88073]

** NiSource Inc (NI.N: Cotización) said electricity and gas utility Unitil Corp (UTL.A: Cotización) agreed to buy two of its units for $160 million in a deal expected to strengthen Unitil's gas utility operations and expand the company's customer base by 40 percent. [nBNG91744]   Continuación...