Markets & Finance

M&A News: Lufthansa, Orix, HSBC, Great-West Lifeco, TSYS


1. Deutsche Lufthansa (LHA:GR) will buy eight long-range and 100 short- to medium-range aircraft from Airbus (EAD:FP) and Boeing (BA) for about $12 billion.

2. In its largest acquisition, Orix (IX), a Japanese owner of leasing and insurance businesses, will pay $2.6 billion for control of the asset management unit of Dutch lender Rabobank Group.

3. Europe’s No. 1 bank by market value, HSBC Holdings (HBC), is selling its Panama unit to Bancolombia for $2.1 billion in an attempt to revive profit by focusing on fewer, more promising markets.

4. Seeking to expand its European operations, Canadian insurer Great-West Lifeco (GWO:CN) will buy Irish Life Group from Ireland’s government for $1.7 billion.

5. Georgia-based payment processor TSYS (TSS) will acquire prepaid debit-card provider NetSpend (NTSP) for $1.4 billion to tap the market for customers who don’t have traditional bank accounts or credit histories.

6. Office Depot (ODP) will pay $1.2 billion for OfficeMax (OMX), which has been losing sales to online rivals and Staples (SPLS). The companies’ combined revenue will total about $18 billion.

7. The world’s leading provider of drug-trial services to pharmaceutical companies, Quintiles Transnational Holdings, filed to raise $600 million in an IPO in the U.S.

8. 1Malaysia Development, the state investment company also known as 1MDB, plans to buy the country’s coal-fired Jimah power plant for $548 million, says a person familiar with the matter.

9. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System will divest shares worth a combined $5 million in Smith & Wesson Holding (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger (RGR), which both make guns banned in the state.

10. A private collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia, including his Air Force One leather bomber jacket, fetched nearly $2 million at auction.

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Cwinter
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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