Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
(Adds Bristol-Myers, AAR, Globe Specialty, Souza Cruz,Armstrong World, Sosei Group, Parques Reunidos, Buwog, Sberbank)
Feb 23 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitionsand disposals were reported by 1400 GMT on Monday:
** Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc agreed to acquire gastrointestinal drug makerSalix Pharmaceuticals Ltd in an all-cash deal valued atabout $10.1 billion, the two companies said.
** Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp said onMonday it would buy Polypore International Inc's EnergyStorage segment for $2.2 billion as it seeks to expand in theenergy and environment business.
** Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it would buyprivately held drugmaker Flexus Biosciences Inc for up to $1.25billion to add an emerging class of cancer-fighting drugs to itspipeline.
** U.S. silicon-alloy producer Globe Specialty Metals Inc and Spain's Grupo FerroAtlántica SA said they wouldmerge to form a company with an enterprise value of $3.1 billionand controlled by FerroAtlántica shareholders.
** Britain's finance ministry has raised 500 million pounds($769 million) through the sale of a further 1 percent stake inLloyds Banking Group Plc, cutting its holding to below24 percent.
** Aviation services provider AAR Corp said it wouldsell its cargo handling business, Telair Cargo Group, toTransDigm Group Inc for $725 million in cash.
** South Africa's Bidvest Group Ltd has offered tobuy shares it doesn't already own in drugmaker Adcock IngramHoldings Ltd, in a deal worth a potential 6 billionrand ($515 million).
** Japan's Sosei Group Corp is to buy privatelyowned British biotechnology business Heptares for up to $400million, the companies said, continuing the feverish pace ofdealmaking in the sector.
** Germany's Aareal Bank AG said it had agreed tobuy property lender Westdeutsche Immobilienbank for 350 millioneuros ($398 million) from Erste Abwicklungsanstalt.
** DS Smith Plc, a British maker of corrugatedcardboard, recycled paper and plastic packaging, said it agreedto buy Vienna-based packaging business Duropack for about 300million euros ($341 million) from a subsidiary of One EquityPartners.
** A trade union group representing Aer Lingus Group Plc workers has reversed its position and said it would nowback a takeover approach by International Airlines Group SA after the British Airways' owner laid out its growthplans for the Irish airline.
** British holiday company Thomas Cook Group Plc isseeking to sell its airline business as part of a cost-savingplan, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
** Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc held preliminary takeover talks with Discovery CommunicationsInc with a view to creating a $100 billionentertainment giant, the Australian Financial Review reported.Fox, which like other broadcasters is battling a shift toon-demand TV, denied there had been any talks with Discovery,which owns Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
** South Korea's Samsung SDI Co said it hadagreed to buy the battery pack business of Canadian car partsmaker Magna International Inc, marking a further push bythe Samsung Electronics affiliate into a keyautomotive parts business.
** Japan's biggest airline, ANA Holdings Inc,confirmed that it offered to help bail out bankrupt airlineSkymark Airlines Inc.
** Private equity firm Abraaj Group has bought a minoritystake in Hepsiburada.com, one of the largest online retailers inTurkey, from the Dogan family, the Dubai-based firm said.
** Shares of Souza Cruz SA jumped in early Mondaytrading after controlling shareholder British American TobaccoPlc said it was considering an offer for the 24.7percent stake in Brazil's biggest cigarette company it does notown.
** The private equity owners of Parques Reunidos have put onice plans to sell the Spanish zoo, marine and water parkoperator that could have valued the business at about 2 billioneuros, six sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
** Construction materials maker Armstrong World IndustriesInc said it would spin off its flooring business toconcentrate on its ceilings unit.
** Austrian property group Buwog AG has no plansto buy competitor conwert Immobilien Invest SE butwould be interested in its German real estate portfolio shouldthis be put up for sale, Buwog Chief Executive Daniel Riedlsaid.
** Russia's Sberbank Rossii OAO is preparing tosell its Slovak and Hungarian operations, Czech newspaper LidoveNoviny reported, citing unnamed sources. (Compiled by Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru)