March 6- Safeway Inc, the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, said private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management would acquire the company in a deal valued at about $9.4 billion. The offer price of $40 per share represents a premium of 1.3 percent to Safeway's Thursday closing stock price of $39.47 on the New York Stock Exchange.» Read More
Feb 20- Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC are in advanced talks to acquire a minority stake in Kronos Inc that could value the resources management software firm at around $4.5 billion, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Feb 19- Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world's largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.
The second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, said on Wednesday it is in talks about a possible sale of the company.
Feb 19- U.S.-based Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc, which provides fee-based debt collection services, said it would buy Norway's Aktiv Kapital AS for about $880 million to expand its debt collection services in Europe.
Facebook has agreed to acquire WhatsApp in a deal of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.
Discussing its acquisition of Zale, and the benefit for shareholders and consumers, with Michael Barnes, Signet Jewelers CEO.
*Deal would mean big payday for Zale shareholder Golden Gate Capital. Feb 19- Signet Jewelers Ltd is buying smaller rival Zale Corp for about $690 million, an acquisition it said would strengthen its place in the U.S. jewelry sector and let it tap new markets. The price of $21 per share is a 41 percent premium over Zale's close on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
*Peugeot and Dongfeng to announce tie-up- sources. PARIS, Feb 18- PSA Peugeot Citroen and China's Dongfeng have agreed a 3 billion euro capital tie-up that buys the French carmaker more time to turn its business around, brings in new management and ends two centuries of family control.
Feb 18- Generic drugmaker Actavis Plc said on Tuesday it would buy Forest Laboratories Inc for about $25 billion in cash and stock, expanding its portfolio of specialty pharmaceuticals for neurological and other disorders. Actavis said it would pay the equivalent of $89.48 per share, representing a premium of 25 percent to Forest's closing price on Friday.
*Forest Labs surges after Actavis confirms acquisition. *Shares of Forest Laboratories Inc rocketed more than 35 percent in premarket trading after Actavis said it would acquire the specialty pharmaceuticals company in a massive cash and stock deal valued at about $25 billion.
Actavis will acquire Forest Labs for $25 billion in a cash and stock deal.
Feb 17- Former AIG boss Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's Starr Investment Holdings LLC said on Monday it had agreed to take over health insurance claims processor MultiPlan Inc in what is by far its biggest private equity investment to date. Since its launch in 2012, all of Starr Investment Holdings' previous private equity deals have been below $1 billion.
Lucinda Guthrie, deputy global editor at Dealreporter, says companies are carrying out large transactions but fewer of them.
*Airbus Group says move will expand flexibility. PARIS, Feb 14- Airbus Group pressed ahead with post-Lehman plans to acquire its own banking licence on Friday, saying it would buy small German lender Salzburg Muenchen Bank AG to boost its financing options.
Gilbert Harrison, Financo chairman, shares his thought on Jos. A. Bank's acquisition of Eddie Bauer in a $825 million cash and stock deal. It's a great deal for the company and shareholders, says Harrison.
*Rakuten acquires Viber for $900 mln. *Viber purchase part of Rakuten's expansion strategy. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the number of users in its digital empire.
*Rakuten acquires Viber for $900 mln. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc said on Friday it will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Ltd for $900 million, aiming to use the Cyprus- based company's network in emerging markets to expand the reach of its digital content.
WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Consumer advocates and U.S. lawmakers are worried that Comcast Corp's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc will create a company with too much power to decide what Americans can watch on television and do online, and they expect intense regulatory scrutiny of the deal.
Feb 13- Skin health company PhotoMedex Inc said it would buy LCA-Vision Inc, which provides laser vision correction services under the Lasik Plus brand, for about $106 million. LCA-Vision's operations are expected to add to PhotoMedex's cash earnings per share in 2014, the company said.
Feb 13- Beverage cans maker Rexam Plc said it bought a 51 percent stake in Saudi Arabia's United Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier to The Coca-Cola Co, for $122 million as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets.