Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(adds 3M, Lonestar, Toyota, Anglo American, Sky, Rocket

Internet, Eurasia Drilling)

March 16 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,

acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1320 GMT on

Thursday:

** 3M Co said it would buy Johnson Control

International Plc's safety gear business, Scott Safety,

in deal with an enterprise value of $2 billion.

** U.S. private equity firm Lone Star is closer to taking

control of Portugal's Novo Banco with an offer to inject up to 1

billion euros ($1.07 billion) into the bank in return for a 75

percent stake, sources told Reuters.

** Japanese carmaker Toyota said it plans to invest

240 million pounds ($294 million) to upgrade its car plant in

central England for futureoutput, but retaining tariff-free

access to EU markets after Brexit remained crucial.

** The British government said it would refer Rupert

Murdoch's planned takeover of European pay-TV group Sky

to regulators to decide if the deal was in the public interest.

** Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal said he was buying a 2

billion pound ($2.45 billion) stake in Anglo American,

sending the global miner's shares sharply higher and signaling a

possible return to large-scale dealmaking in the sector.

** Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has taken a stake in Rocket

Internet's recipe and ingredients business HelloFresh

as part of a previously announced fundraising, the German

company said.

** State-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund is

potentially interested in acquiring a stake in Eurasia Drilling

Co, the fund's head Kirill Dmitriev said.

** Virtu Financial Inc has made a bid to buy rival

trading firm KCG Holdings Inc that could help Virtu

bolster its businesses that have softened under reduced market

volatility.

** Hong Kong's Chow Tai Fook Enterprises said it had agreed

to purchase Australian gas and electricity retailer Alinta

Energy, in a deal two sources familiar with the matter said was

valued at about A$4 billion ($3 billion).

** Italy's biggest insurer Generali played down

the prospects of a takeover as it reported its highest ever

full-year operating profit and said it would raise dividends and

speed up cost cuts.

** Saudi Arabia's King Salman oversaw the signing of deals

worth potentially $65 billion as he began a visit to Beijing on

Thursday, as the world's largest oil producer looks to cement

ties with the world's second-largest economy.

** Japan's Daishi Bank and Hokuetsu Bank

are in the final stages of agreeing to integrate operations,

public broadcaster NHK said, in another move that would

consolidate regional lenders as the nation's population shrinks.

** German utility EnBW said it struck a deal to

buy a 6.28 percent stake in local peer MVV Energie

from French energy group Engie, which is worth 91

million euros ($97 million) based on MVV's current market value.

** Hedge fund investor Rainer-Marc Frey has built a 7.5

percent stake in Swiss derivatives specialist Leonteq,

the company said.

** The acquisition of Indian refiner Essar Oil,

led by Russian oil company Rosneft, is set to be

completed "in the nearest future, this month", VTB Chief

Executive Andrei Kostin told Reuters.

** Brazilian mining company Vale SA said on

Wednesday it is nearing conclusion of a deal to sell a stake in

Mozambique's Moatize coal project to Japan's Mitsui & Co Ltd

.

** Starboard Value LP, the activist hedge fund that had

pressured Macy's Inc to separate its real estate from its

retail business, has sold its stake in the U.S. department store

operator, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

(Compiled by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru)