Mergers & Acquisitions

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Bank of Ireland CEO says examined Grexit, saw as manageable

DUBLIN, Feb 27 - The Bank of Ireland has examined the likely impact on the wider market if Greece were to leave the euro zone and felt that such a scenario would be manageable for its business, chief executive Richie Boucher said on Friday.

UPDATE 3-Fast growing IAG outpaces continental airline rivals

LONDON, Feb 27 - British Airways-owner International Airlines Group raised its 2015 profit forecast by more than 20 percent, outperforming struggling continental rivals and sending its shares to an all-time high.

Company Outlooks 11:41am GMT

UPDATE 3-Britain's Lloyds to pay first dividend since rescue

* CEO handed 11.5 mln pound pay package for 2014 (Adds details of last dividend payment)

UPDATE 2-UK valve maker IMI looking for another acquisition this year

* Shares fall as much as 5 pct (Adds CEO comments, updates shares)

UPDATE 1-Events organiser UBM unlikely to do big deals in 2015 after record 2014

Feb 27 - UBM Plc, which organises the world's largest fashion convention, MAGIC, said it was unlikely to make big acquisitions in 2015 as it digests Advanstar Communications, its biggest ever acquisition in a record deal-making year for the company.

Company Outlooks, 10:50am GMT

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Feb 27 - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Friday:

Regulatory News 10:13am GMT

UPDATE 2-Old Mutual seeks growth from existing businesses as profits jump

* Focusing on existing businesses in 2015 (Releads, adds share price, background, ceo, analyst comment)

Airbus says will cut A330 production rate further if needed

MUNICH, Feb 27 - Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders said that if the company has to cut the production rate of its A330 wide-body jet further to lower than six per month, it will do so.

Company Outlooks, 9:42am GMT

Airbus says studying A320 production ramp-up beyond 50/month

MUNICH, Feb 27 - Airbus Group is studying whether to increase its production rate for the A320 family single-aisle jet to beyond 50 per month, contemplating rates of 60 or more, its chief executive said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Nikon pushes into medtech with $400 mln Optos acquisition

* 340p per share offer represents 30.5 pct premium (Adds interview with Optos CEO, latest shares, background)

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