(Adds Continental Resources, AngloGold Ashanti and others)
Jan 14 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday.
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** U.S. online learning software company Blackboard Inc. BBBB.O said it planned to buy NTI Group Inc, a privately held company specializing in messaging technology, for $182 million.
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** French bank Credit Agricole (CAGR.PA) kicked off the sale of a stake in utility Suez LYOE.PA on Monday, raising 1.1 billion euros ($1.64 billion) to help shore up its capital position amid tough market conditions. [nL14696650]
** French utility Suez LYOE.PA said state-owned bank CDC, insurer CNP (CNPP.PA), and Belgian holding company Sofina (SOF.BR) had jointly bought a third of the Suez shares sold by Credit Agricole (CAGR.PA).
** Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc BFAM.O, a provider of employer-sponsored child care and early education, said on Monday it would be bought by private equity firm Bain Capital for $1.3 billion. [nN14396223]
** U.S. mining equipment manufacturer Terex Corp (TEX.N) agreed to buy ASV Inc ASVI.O, a maker of rubber track loaders, for about $488 million, to expand its product base. [nN14389926]
** French advertising group Havas EURC.PA said it was buying British media broker BLM Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed amount to boost its presence in the media buying and digital advertising markets in Britain. [nL14478249]
** Cort, a furniture rental unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) (BRKb.N), said it acquired British furniture designer Roomservice Group for an undisclosed price, in its first non-U.S. acquisition. [nN14419514]
** Finnish insurer Sampo SAMAS.HE raised its stake in Nordic bank Nordea (NDA.ST) to 9.2 percent from 8.6 percent, according to Swedish ownership statistics from Dec. 28. [nL1474494]
** Australian investment bank Babcock & Brown Ltd BNB.AX said it had acquired a strategic stake in British ports operator Forth Ports Plc FPT.L. [nSYD343799]
** Broadband services provider United Internet (UTDI.DE) increased its stake in telecoms operator Versatel VTWGn.DE to over a quarter to prepare for what it sees as further consolidation in the German ADSL broadband sector. [nL14173299]
** The world’s third biggest gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd (ANGJ.J), has agreed to buy 100 percent of Golden Cycle Gold Corporation GCGC.P in an all-share deal worth $149 million rand, the miner said. [nWEB1922]
** Dutch brewer Heineken NV (HEIN.AS) said it has acquired Algeria’s Tango Brewery for an undisclosed sum, and that the deal will increase earnings from 2008. [nWEB1934]
** Weyerhaeuser Co (WY.N), a major U.S. producer of lumber and wood products, said it agreed to sell its iLevel European engineered wood products operations to Finland-based Finnforest. [nWNAS6359]
** Belgian cancer diagnosis and therapy company Ion Beam Applications (IBAB.BR) said that it had taken a 10 percent stake in PetroBeam Inc with warrants allowing it to raise its holding to 20 percent. [nL14160952]