Billabong International , an Australian surfware company, is open to receiving a takeover offer, several months after spurning an A$841.8 million bid from TPG Capital, according to the Australian Financial Review. TPG’s bid was for A$3.30 per share, while Billabong shares fell below A$1 per share yesterday.
McCann Health, a unit of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), has agreed to acquire Double Helix, a UK-based healthcare consulting group. The deal is valued at upwards of £50 million, including a £35 million up-front payment. www.mccannhealth.com
News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) is considering splitting its company into two parts, according to the WSJ. One piece would hold the company’s publishing assets, while the other would hold its entertainment assets.
Royal Wessanen, a Dutch foods group, said that it has hired Moelis & Co. to manage a sale of its U.S. drinks unit (ABC). www.wessanen.com
Penton Media has acquired Highline LP, a UK-based provider of data and sales support services to thebusiness and commercial aviation markets. www.penton.com
Science Inc., the digital studio formed last year by folks like Peter Pham and Mike Jones, has acquiredPinpuff, a platform for judging influence and popularity on Pinterest. No financial terms were disclosed. Science Inc. backers include Siemer Ventures and TomorrowVentures. www.science-inc.com
Salesforce.com (Nasdaq: CRM) has acquired ThinkFuse, a Seattle-based provider of enterprise SaaS for distributing status reports. No financial terms were disclosed. ThinkFuse backers included TechStars, SV Angel and Founder’s Co-op. www.thinkfuse.com
Teleflex Inc. (NYSE: TFX) has acquired Semprus BioSciences, a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of products to treat infection- and thrombus-complication costs from vascular access products. The deal is valued at $30 million, plus another $50 million in possible earn-outs. Semprus had raised around $28.5 million in VC funding from S.R. One, Foundation Medical Partners, 5AM Ventures and Pangaea Ventures.www.semprusbio.com
Vale SA, a Brazilian mining company, has sold its Columbian coal assets to Columbian Natural Resources, a mining company controlled by Goldman Sachs. The deal was valued at $407 million in cash. www.vale.com
Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) has agreed to acquire the subscription finance portfolio of WestLB, which contains approximately $6 billion in commitments ($3b outstanding). No financial terms were disclosed. www.wellsfargo.com
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