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

viernes 18 de enero de 2008 22:01 CET

(Adds SP Newsprint, Talisman Energy and others)

Jan 18 (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, click on [DEALTALK/])

** Britain's BAE Systems Plc (BAES.L: Cotización) is buying Australian defence contractor Tenix Defence for up to A$775 million ($680 million) in cash, aiming to more than double its presence in the country. To read more, please double click on [nSYD177822]

** Lafarge LAFP.PA shareholders overwhelmingly approved a resolution allowing the French cement group to issue new shares to help finance its agreed 8.8 billion euro ($12.9 billion) takeover of Egypt's Orascom Cement. [nL18651092]

** Food distributor Performance Food Group Co PFGC.O said it agreed to be acquired by private equity firms Blackstone Group (BX.N: Cotización) and Wellspring Capital Management for about $1.3 billion in cash. [nN18301274]

** Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica (TEF.MC: Cotización) said it had agreed to buy another 2.22 percent of China Netcom (0906.HK: Cotización) for about 309 million euros ($453 million) to take its stake in the company to 7.22 percent. [nL18535477]

** SP Newsprint Co, a privately held producer of newsprint, said it agreed to be bought by certain affiliates of Peter Brant, who is the controlling shareholder of White Birch Paper Co, for $350 million in cash. [nWNAS6980]

** Transatlantic exchange NYSE Euronext NYX.PANYX.N said it agreed to acquire the American Stock Exchange (Amex) for $260 million in stock to boost its options business, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and cash products. [nN17259645]   Continuación...