11 agosto 2008 / 02:45 / tra 9 anni

CORRECTED - CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-UPS in talks to buy Dutch rival TNT - source

(Corrects share trading history in paragraph 7 to TNT from UPS) (Adds detail)

NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) - U.S. delivery company United Parcel Service (UPS.N) is in talks to buy Dutch rival TNT NV TNT.AS, a source familiar with the talks said.

The person, who declined to be identified because the talks are private, said the discussions were in the early stages but could provide no further detail.

The Sunday Telegraph first reported that UPS was planning a 10 billion euros ($15.2 billion) bid for TNT. [ID:nLA292246]

A UPS spokesman said the company would never discuss rumors or speculation about mergers or acquisitions. TNT officials were not immediately reachable for comment.

UPS has a market value of $66.26 billion while TNT is worth $14.24 billion.

TNT shares have swing wildly in July and August, first on talk that FedEx (FDX.N) had prepared, and then abandoned, a bid for TNT. TNT shares have risen 14 percent in the past week on market talk of a UPS bid.

TNT shares have traded between 18.49 euros, a four-year-low, and 27.25 euros in the last two months.

Much of recent market talk driving the shares have centered around a scenario where UPS and a private equity group would buy and break up TNT, according to traders.

The Sunday Telegraph reported UPS had hired consultants AT Kearney to prepare a report on buying TNT and that its bankers from Morgan Stanley (MS.N) are in discussions with TNT, which is being advised by Goldman Sachs (GS.N).

The newspaper also said the discussions involved the possible sale of TNT’s postal division to private equity, citing unnamed sources. ($1=.6593 Euro) (Reporting by Jui Chakravorty in New York and Reed Stevenson in Amsterdam; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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