(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.
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** 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) 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), 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]
** Spanish utility Gas Natural GAS.MC confirmed on Thursday it had exercised an option to buy 35 percent of utility Union Fenosa UNF.MC from building group ACS (ACS.MC) at 18.05 euros a share. [ID:nMDT006144]
** Security services group Securitas (SECUb.ST) said on Thursday it had agreed to buy the operational assets and commercial contracts of U.S. company Moore Security LLC for an undisclosed sum. [ID:nLQ861144]
** Children’s television producer Entertainment Rights Plc ERT.L said it was in advanced talks with bidders for the sale of its units or business and assets. [ID:nBNG488366]
** Australia’s Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Ltd BBI.AX said that it expected to settle the sale of its stake in New Zealand’s Powerco by the end of the day. [ID:nWLF001254]
** Officials from Indian gas firm GAIL (India) Ltd (GAIL.BO) and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC.BO) will meet on Thursday to discuss a 19 percent stake in ONGC’s planned petrochemical plant, GAIL’s chief said. “We are meeting with ONGC in the evening,” Chairman U.D. Choubey told reporters. [ID:nDEL002671] (Compiled by Tina Kwan in Singapore; R. Manikandan in Bangalore)