agreed to acquire
for about $10.3 billion in cash, according to a published media report.
Under terms of the deal expected to be announced Monday, Altria plans to pay about $70 a share, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of UST closed Friday at $67.55.
Altria owns Philip Morris USA, the largest U.S. cigarette maker and the producer of the Marlboro brand. UST makes Copenhagen and Skoal chewing tobacco.
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