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UNCOOKED ALERT: Ultra Electronics said to ... - Part 5

Friday, 23 July 2021, 9:49 am

Loyal readers of little old Betaville won't be too surprised to read this morning that Ultra Electronics is in talks to be bought by Advent International-backed Cobham for over £2 billion.

That's because this website consistently highlighted the prospect of a deal through a series of UNCOOKED Alerts published over the last few weeks before the release of any announcements of news reports. Below are the links in case you have forgotten:..

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 40

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 11:01 am

One of Telit Communications largest shareholders plans to vote against Dbay's revised £320 million offer for the company.

This week Dbay increased its offer for Telit to 229.5p a share after delaying last week's shareholder vote when it became clear the private equity fund wouldn't have enough support to approve the scheme of arrangement to take the company private at the previously recommended 220p a share...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 39

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 5:07 pm

Betaville notes activist private equity firm Dbay Advisers has just increased its offer for Aim-listed "internet of things company" Telit Communications by another £20 million.

Dbay is now offering 229.5p a share for Telit and also made it "final". The move comes after it became clear investors weren't going to back the last scheme of arrangement vote. Below is the link to the deal announcement:..

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Canaccord Genuity tips Vodafone, Persimmon, J Sainsbury's, Royal Mail and ITV as takeover targets

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:38 pm

It took a while but scribblers at some of the City of London's top brokers have finally figured out there is a merger & acquisition boom taking place in Britain.

So now every stock market broker is punting a list of takeover tips, with the chaps and chapettes at Canaccord Genuity the latest bunch to draw up a list of bid targets...

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NortonLifeLock Inc in talks to buy Avast for around £6 billion, reveals the WSJ

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 8:14 pm

Rivals at the venerable Wall Street Journal have just popped up with a jumbo takeover scoop - and this time it involves a trade buyer launching a bid rather than a private equity firm.

According to the WSJ, NortonLifeLock Inc is in talks to buy London-listed Avast, which makes free and premium security software. Below is the link to the WSJ takeover tale:..

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RARE ALERT: Redde Northgate said to ... - Part 2

Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 3:58 pm

TDR Capital is said to be the private equity firm that has been circling Redde Northgate, the London-listed vehicle management company.

People following the situation said that TDR Capital is rumoured to have approached Redde Northgate about buying the business for 475p a share.

However, it's believed the approach may have been rebuffed because the company and some of the group's shareholders won't accept less than 500p a share...

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RARE ALERT: Redde Northgate said to ...

Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 10:44 am

Redde Northgate, London-listed the vehicle rental and accident management company, is at the centre of intense takeover speculation.

People following the situation said Redde Northgate has received an approach for the whole company.

The approach is said to have come from a private equity firm, said people following the situation...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 36

Saturday, 10 July 2021, 6:07 pm

One of the largest shareholders in Telit Communications is preparing to vote against Dbay's £300 million takeover offer for the Aim-listed 'internet of things' provider.

Betaville understands Oozi Cats, the founder of Telit who still owns around 12pc of the company, isn't going to vote for the sheme of arrangement at next week's shareholder meeting...

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 35

Friday, 9 July 2021, 12:01 pm

This morning Dbay Advisers, the activist private equity firm trying to buy Telit Communications, said that Compass Asset Management is no longer supporting its 220p a share offer for the Aim-listed 'internet of things' company.

Dbay added that Compass - a little known fund manager based in Lugano, Switzerland - said it now plans to abstain in voting for the scheme of arrangement next week. Below is the link to the statement:..

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Deals, Deals, Deals ... in a bear market - Part 17

Friday, 9 July 2021, 9:45 am

Dealmaking continues despite skittish stock markets, with Philip Morris International coming over the top for London-listed inhaler group Vectura.

Philip Morris is paying 150p a share for Vectura - that's 14p a share more than what Carlyle offered for the £1 billion company. Below is the link to this morning's announcement...

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RARE ALERT: Smiths Group said to ... - Part 3

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 10:20 am

Smiths Group, the London-listed engineering conglomerate, is said to have appointed a heavyweight investment bank on the possible sale of its medical division to private equity firm TA Associates.

People following the situation said Smiths Group is working with advisers from Goldman Sachs on the disposal of the medical unit.

Talks between Smiths Group and TA Associates have been rekindled but a deal is by no means a certainty, said people following the situation...

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