Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Thessaloniki Port, Konzum, DHL Group, ABB Ltd, Pioneer

Food and KKR & Co; Updates Atlantia)

April 21 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,

acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:

** Metals group Liberty House Group has agreed to buy the

Georgetown Steelworks plant from Arcelor Mittal in its

first major U.S. acquisition, the companies said.

** The British government extended the period within which

competition regulators must report on Rupert Murdoch's $14.5

billion bid to take over pay-TV group Sky by one month

due to the country's national election on June 8.

** Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic Corp

has raised its offer to buy out subsidiary PanaHome Corp

, in an effort to satisfy the housebuilder's

shareholders, who were unhappy with the original bid.

** AGIC Capital, which has a $1 billion Asian-European

private equity fund, agreed to buy Central European medical

laser company Fotona from U.S. investment firm The Gores Group,

targeting growth in China and other Asian countries.

** Top shareholders in Singapore telecoms company M1 Ltd

have approached potential buyers China Mobile

and global private equity firms, among others, to sell

their combined majority stake in the firm, sources familiar with

the matter said.

** Neptune Oil & Gas moved closer to the $2 billion purchase

of a majority stake in the exploration and production arm of

French utility Engie after agreeing that Chinese sovereign fund

CIC could increase its minority stake in the target firm,

sources said.

** Italian toll-road operator Atlantia is

interested in acquiring Spain's Abertis, but only if a

deal can be agreed, and does not see a need to sell any of

Abertis's assets to fund it, Atlantia's chief executive said.

** Italy's third-largest bank Banco BPM has

selected four bidders for the sale of a bad loan portfolio which

it expects to conclude in four to five weeks, the head of the

lender's strategic committee said.

** Intelsat SA is planning to extend the deadline for

investors to swap their bonds in the company for several weeks,

seeking to keep its merger with U.S. satellite technology peer

OneWeb Ltd alive, according to people familiar with the matter.

** Indian healthcare services provider Narayana Hrudayalaya

Ltd said it would buy NewRise Healthcare Private Ltd

from Panacea Biotec Ltd for an enterprise value of

1.80 billion rupees ($27.87 million).

** British retailer Sports Direct has entered the

U.S. market by buying two loss-making chains for $101 million,

drawing criticism from analysts who said the firm should keep

its focus at home where it has struggled.

** Israel's Delek Group said its offer to take

over North Sea oil producer Ithaca Energy, has

been accepted by Ithaca's shareholders.

** Canadian engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin

Group Inc on Thursday said it would buy British

engineering and consultancy firm WS Atkins Plc for

C$3.6 billion ($2.67 billion), firming up an indicative offer it

made earlier this month.

** Japanese government-backed fund, the Innovation Network

Corporation of Japan (INCJ), can invest in Toshiba Corp's

chip unit if it makes sense, the country's industry and

trade minister said on Thursday.

** Kindred Healthcare Inc is exploring a sale,

according to people familiar with the matter, as the largest

home health, hospice and community care provider in the United

States faces pressure to reduce its exposure to Medicare


** Australia's DUET Group said it had been advised

by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) that the

Australian government has approved the Hong Kong company's $5.5

billion consortium-led takeover offer.

** South Korea's Lotte Group plans to combine parts of four

units including flagship retailer Lotte Shopping Co Ltd

into a holding company to resolve cross-shareholding

issues, online website Money Today reported.

** Chinese steelmaker Chongqing Iron & Steel Co

warned that its plans to sell off debt-ridden iron and steel

assets faced "uncertainties" and might not go ahead, saying

trading in its shares would remain suspended.

** Greece received three improved binding financial bids for

a majority stake in Thessaloniki Port, its

second-largest, the country's privatisation agency (HRADF) said.

** A unit of Hungarian holding company Konzum,

partly-owned by Lorinc Meszaros, an ally of Prime Minister

Viktor Orban, has acquired a 5.9 percent stake in local bank FHB

, the companies said.

** Deutsche Post DHL Group is seeking a buyer

for its British outsourcing subsidiary Williams Lea, a person

familiar with the matter said, adding that the process was at an

early stage.

** European engineering groups ABB Ltd and

Schneider Electric SE are competing for General

Electric Co's industrial solutions division, which could

fetch as much as $3 billion, according to people familiar with

the matter.

** South Africa's Pioneer Food Group said talks on

a large potential deal with "a multinational organisation" had

collapsed due to the cut in the country's credit rating to junk

status as a result of the deteriorating economic situation.

** U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP and Japanese

government-backed fund, Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ),

will submit a joint offer for Toshiba Corp's memory

chip unit, the Nikkei business daily reported.

(Compiled by Ahmed Farhatha and Divya Grover in Bengaluru)