National Australia Bank made a surprise trump bid for AXA Asia Pacific Holdings’ Australian and New Zealand units on Thursday, in a cash deal that would value all of the target firm at around $12 billion. The bid tops an offer from Australian life insurer AMP Ltd, which had faced resistance from AXA Asia Pacific’s independent directors who were looking for a higher offer.
Private equity firm Apollo Management said it had agreed to buy Ohio theme-park company Cedar fair for $635 million. The total deal is valued at $2.4 billion including the refinancing of the firm’s outstanding debt.
And in news elsewhere:
Bailed out U.S. insurer American International Group plans to file a prospectus for a multi-billion dollar IPO of its Asian life insurance unit before Christmas, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The Hong Kong IPO of American International Assurance is expected to raise $10 billion to $20 billion, the paper said.
Deutsche Bank has emerged as a key bidder for commodities trading company RBS Sempra. RBS said it was selling its 51 per cent stake in the commodities trading company in November, which it jointly owns with Sempra Energy, the FT said.