Bid & Ask

Compiled by Caroline Winter

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SIMON DAWSON/BLOOMBERG; MUNSHI AHMED/BLOOMBERG; VETTA/GETTY IMAGES; PAWEL LITWINSKI/RM AUCTIONS

• The No. 3 U.S. health insurer, Aetna, will pay $5.6 billion for Coventry Health Care to bolster its share of government business following President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

• Aiming to shut out competition, Heineken bid $4.5 billion for 40 percent of Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries. The Dutch beermaker already owns 42 percent of APB.

Banco Santander raised $2.5 billion from the first sale of senior unsecured bonds by a Spanish bank in more than five months. The two-year notes were priced to yield 4.467 percent.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, the No. 2 U.S. pipeline partnership, will sell assets in the Rocky Mountains to Tallgrass Energy Partners for $1.8 billion.

• Australian natural gas pipeline owner Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund accepted a $1.2 billion takeover offer from APA Group after Pipeline Partners Australia declined to match the bid.

• Norway’s Orkla will acquire Rieber & Søn in a deal that values the seller of ready-made sauces and soups at $1 billion, gaining new brands in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Nordic region.

Health Care REIT, an Ohio-based owner of health-care properties, will pay about $845 million for Sunrise Senior Living, gaining assisted living facilities.

Church & Dwight, maker of Trojan condoms and Nair hair remover, will purchase closely held Avid Health for about $650 million to add supplements, minerals, and vitamins.

• IAC/InterActiveCorp offered more than $300 million to buy the how-to website About.com from New York Times Co., according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

• A 1968 Ford GT 40 racer fetched $11 million at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance — an auction record for an American car.

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