Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week

Noteworthy expenditures of the week

Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week
Heineken swallows an Asian beermaker; Norway's Orkla nabs a seller of soups and sauces; and more (Photographs by (clockwise from top left) Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg; Vetta/Getty Images; Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions)
Photographs by (clockwise from top left) Simon Dawson/Bloomberg; Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg; Vetta/Getty Images; Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions

1. The No. 3 U.S. health insurer, Aetna, will pay $5.6 billion for Coventry Health Care to bolster its share of government business following President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

2. Aiming to shut out competition, Heineken bid $4.5 billion for 40 percent of Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries. The Dutch beermaker already owns 42 percent of APB.

3. Banco Santander raised $2.5 billion from the first sale of senior unsecured bonds by a Spanish bank in more than five months. The two-year notes were priced to yield 4.467 percent.

4. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, the No. 2 U.S. pipeline partnership, will sell assets in the Rocky Mountains to Tallgrass Energy Partners for $1.8 billion.

5. Australian natural gas pipeline owner Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund accepted a $1.2 billion takeover offer from APA Group after Pipeline Partners Australia declined to match the bid.

6. Norway’s Orkla will acquire Rieber & Søn in a deal that values the seller of ready-made sauces and soups at $1 billion, gaining new brands in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Nordic region.

7. Health Care REIT, an Ohio-based owner of health-care properties, will pay about $845 million for Sunrise Senior Living, gaining assisted living facilities.

8. Church & Dwight, maker of Trojan condoms and Nair hair remover, will purchase closely held Avid Health for about $650 million to add supplements, minerals, and vitamins.

9. IAC/InterActiveCorp offered more than $300 million to buy the how-to website About.com from New York Times Co., according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

10. A 1968 Ford GT40 racer fetched $11 million at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—an auction record for an American car.

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