(Adds Enbridge, Diageo, Cencosud, CNBM; Updates Cellcom, Busch-Holding)
Nov 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1445 GMT on Thursday:
** Expedia Inc on Wednesday said it agreed to buy vacation rental site HomeAway Inc for about $3.9 billion in cash and stock, in a move that could ramp up competition with apartment-sharing startup Airbnb.
** Canadian energy group Enbridge has taken a 24.9 percent stake in E.ON’s 1.9 billion euro ($2.1 billion) offshore wind project Rampion, the latest in a wave of deals that has boosted the European wind power sector.
** Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s private equity arm and buyout firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP are in talks to acquire facility management company GCA Services Group Inc from Blackstone Group Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. The offer values GCA at around $1 billion, including debt, the people said.
** Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc has purchased nearly 15 percent of Australian ports and rail operator Asciano Ltd as part of an agreed $6.5 billion takeover that has raised antitrust regulators’ eyebrows, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) reported.
** Three investment firms are vying to buy French call centre operator Webhelp in a deal which could value the business at around 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion), four sources familiar with the matter said. Webhelp’s owner Charterhouse is looking to offload the company and has asked KKR and Apax to submit binding offers in the next couple of weeks, the sources said.
** Australia’s competition regulator said an agreed A$2.7 billion ($1.9 billion) buyout of data management firm Recall Holdings Ltd by U.S. rival Iron Mountain Inc may hurt competition, drive up prices and lower customer service.
** Diageo Plc, the world’s largest spirits company, said on Thursday it had sold its wine interests in Argentina to Grupo Peñaflor for an undisclosed amount.
** Israel’s Cellcom agreed on Thursday to buy smaller low-cost mobile phone rival Golan Telecom for 1.17 billion shekels ($301 million) but political opposition swiftly threatened the deal.
** German vacuum pump maker Busch-Holding GmbH said it now aimed to influence rival Pfeiffer Vacuum’s strategy, in an about-face after saying previously its investment was purely financial. Busch has built a stake in Pfeiffer, which stood at 27.2 percent in late September, but had so far said it saw its holding as a purely financial investment.
** Germany’s HeidelbergCement raised its estimate for benefits from the planned takeover of Italcementi, drawing praise from analysts which see the group as a formidable foe to recently merged LafargeHolcim. HeidelbergCement said the acquisition was on track, increasing its synergy target to 300 million ($326 million) euros a year from 175 million previously.
** Scandinavia’s Arla, one of the world’s biggest dairy producers, said on Thursday it had put the last of its non-dairy businesses up for sale and had been in contact with potential buyers. The unit, Rynkeby Foods A/S, is the Nordic region’s largest juice producer with revenues of 150 million euros ($163 million) last year, Arla said.
** French utility EDF said it was reviewing the strategy for its high-voltage grid unit RTE, one of its key assets that analyst have long believed could be partially sold to finance nuclear investment.
** Chilean diversified retailer Cencosud said on Thursday it has sold 39 pharmacies that operate within its Jumbo and Metro supermarkets in Colombia to the Cruz Verde pharmacy chain. Cencosud did not provide deal terms.
** A Ukrainian government committee has granted permission for China’s state-run corporation CNBM to buy 10 Ukrainian solar units through shares in the plants, it said in a statement on Thursday.
$1 = 0.9199 euros $1 = 3.8885 shekels $1 = A$1.3994 Compiled by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru