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Boohoo buyback...

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 2:03 pm

There is talk circuclating the London market that Boohoo or its directors are currently buying a load of the embattled company's shares.

Perhaps, then, that's why the stock - which has been hammered over the last couple of days following allegations about the treatment of its workers - has leapt over 30pc at pixel time.

Either that or the shorts, such as Matt Earl's Shadowfall, are taking profit...

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Tags: Boohoo
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UNCOOKED ALERT: RockRose Energy said to ... - Part 4

Monday, 6 July 2020, 7:29 am

RockRose Energy is being taken out for £18.50 a share in what is one of the first outright takeover deals of a London-listed business since the pandemic began.

The purchaser is Viaro Energy, a privately-owned commodity trading group run by an Italian entrepreneur called Francesco Mazzagatti.

RockRose Energy, run by Andrew Austin, traded up £22.30 a share in mid January, so I guess the offer from Viaro doesn't look too bad...

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Tags: RockRose

Tech entrepreneur unveils multi-million pound stake in ailing M&C Saatchi - Part 2

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:23 pm

Remember when Vin Murria unveiled in early May a 13.25pc stake in M&C Saatchi?

Recently reports emerged via the Kleinmanator of Sky News that the tech entrepreneur had been refused a board seat for "corporate governance reasons".

Well, Betaville hears Murria may come to regret building that shareholding in the advertising agency, which has been beset by accounting problems over the last twelve months...

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The German payment giant that begins with W, the spinners and the hedge fund manager...

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 10:51 am

I thought I would let the venerable Financial Times bathe in the glory of its Wirecard investigation for a few days before publishing this post.

I have to admit the FT's series of articles on Wirecard is one of the finest pieces of financial journalism I have witnessed since I began my career on The Daily Telegraph's City desk all those years ago...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Kansas City Southern said to ... - Part 3

Friday, 26 June 2020, 8:31 pm

Global Infrastructure Partners is said to be the financial investor interested in purchasing Kansas City Southern, the US-listed railroad transportation company.

People following the situation have heard rumours GIP - which used to own Gatwick Airport and London City Airport in the United Kingdom - has been "running the numbers" on Kansas City Southern, said people following the situation...

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Cash calls - who is next? - Part 13

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:59 pm

So, it looks like Betaville will have to remove easyJet from the "cash calls - who is next?" list after the low cost airline announced an emergency placing to raise up to £450 million this evening...

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Tags: easyJet, IAG

BT Group in talks with Macquarie and others about selling stake in Openreach, reports FT - Part 4

Monday, 22 June 2020, 5:44 pm

Does anybody else think yesterday's business splash in the The Sunday Telegraph about the Public Investment Fund accumulating a sizeable shareholding in BT Group is connected to the FT's scoop last month about Macquarie holding talks with the FTSE 100-listed telecoms giant about buying a stake in Openreach?..

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Tiziana Life Sciences back under the spotlight... - Part 12

Friday, 19 June 2020, 10:32 pm

Investors that have taken a punt on Tiziana Life Sciences in recent weeks were nicely rewarded today after the shares closed up almost 27pc.

In part, the shares surged because the company - which is working on treatments for a variety of diseases, including Covid 19 - was awarded a key patent.

Below is the link to today's announcement in case you missed it:..

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Buy-out buccaneers making moves at Cobham

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 8:58 pm

It's not even a year since Advent International bought defence and aerospace group Cobham as part of controversial £4 billion take private deal.

But well-placed sources tell Betaville the private equity firm is already making moves that I suspect that might eventually upset Lady Cobham, Daily Mail readers and, possibly, the government...

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Tags: Cobham, Advent

Up close and personal with the Genteel Hustler - the Charlie Mullins version

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 7:31 am

Roll up, roll up: one of Betaville's favourite young hacks is starting an intriguing new project that is worth paying attention to.

Yes, William Turvill - formerly of the Mail on Sunday's business section and Press Gazette - has teamed up with some chums to create series of Zoom interviews with top entrepreneurs, chief executives and financiers...

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