August 4, 2018 / 6:05 AM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Australia's Amcor in talks to buy U.S. packaging company Bemis - WSJ

(Adds statement from Amcor. Updates stock price)

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Australian packaging company Amcor Ltd is in advanced talks to buy U.S. rival Bemis Co the Wall Street Journal reported here on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Shares of Bemis, which has a market value of about $4.20 billion, closed up 11.27 percent at $51.53 on Friday.

A deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to the report.

When asked by Reuters about the possible acquisition on Saturday, a spokesman for Amcor declined to comment.

Bemis was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Will Ziebell in Melbourne; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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