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UNCOOKED ALERT: Gain Capital said to ... - Part 4

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2:03 pm

I know this is starting to sound a bit hackneyed but: another day, another confirmation for little old Betaville.

You might recall that this website published a series of Betaville Intelligence articles about Gain Capital, owner of Michael Spencer's spread betting firm City Index, and then revealed INTL FCStone was the mystery suitor circling the business. Below are the links, including a follow up in Mail on Sunday's business section...

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The cat is out of the bag at Circassia Pharmaceuticals...

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 9:20 pm

Remember Circassia Pharmaceuticals? It was the Woodford-backed Aim darling that hit the headlines with its potential a treatment for people with cat allergies.

But that plan, along with Woodford's investment, went down the drain when the company discovered "its investigational house dust mite allergy immunotherapy failed to show a significant effect compared with placebo"...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: NMC Health said to ... - Part 4

Monday, 24 February 2020, 9:19 am

Avid followers of my work might have noticed over the weekend in the Mail on Sunday's business section that a colleague and I spotted that Richard Chandler, the Kiwi "billionaire" was behind Jasmine Capital Investments, which has been building a significant stake in beleguered NMC Health over the last few weeks. See the link below:..

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Sometimes an earnings call can be interesting...

Friday, 21 February 2020, 9:39 am

Looking through today's business sections Betaville was surprised by how little coverage was given to Smith & Nephew, a FTSE 100-listed company that yesterday announced much better-than-expected figures.

The excellent The Times business section, run by my old boss Richard "Fletch" Fletcher, gave the Smith & Nephew earnings story a small slot while the Daily Mail led the market report with the orthopedics company...

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The property company takeover, the Pink 'Un and the author of "How to Make a Million - Slowly"

Friday, 21 February 2020, 8:06 am

Hat tip to John Lee, who writes an investing column for the venerable Financial Times.

Last summer Mr Lee, who wrote How to Make a Million - Slowly, suggested the politically incorrect Daejan Holdings should be taken private for around £80.00 a share in a piece in the Pink 'Un. Below is a link to the piece:

https://www.ft.com/content/b888c308-814a-11e9-a7f0-77d3101896ec..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Vodafone said to ... - Part 2

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 7:20 am

I see rivals at Bloomberg yesterday afternoon attempted to disseminate Betaville's UNCOOKED Alert to its subscribers.

According to the Bloomberg report about yesterday's UNCOOKED Alert, Betaville Intelligence reported (I know this starting to sound really weird) that "an unidentified US company is weighing an offer for the company [Vodafone]"...

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RARE ALERT: Acadia Healthcare said to... - Part 10

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:13 pm

The Kleinmanator over at Sky News has just dug out a rather good angle on Acadia Healthcare's sale of Priory Group, the rehab centre well-known for treating British celebrities, such as Kate Moss.

According to Mark's report, Schoen Klinik, which is owned by Carlyle, is among a group of potential acquirers interested in buying the Priory Group for £1.2 billion. Below is a link to his piece:..

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The Jupiter / Merian deal ... - Part 3

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:58 pm

Well that didn't take long. From one asset management deal to the next in just 24 hours. The latest is in the US with Franklin Templeton buying Legg Mason for $6.5 billion.

The venerable Wall Street Journal got the "scoop" although one is often suspicious when the actual deal is announced just a few hours after publication...

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The Jupiter / Merian deal ... - Part 2

Monday, 17 February 2020, 7:20 pm

So, Jupiter shares surged 8.3pc to close at 429.9p following today's announcements.

Clearly, the market is willing to look past mediocre results if you have a deal up your sleave.

I suspect that will encourage other asset managers to carry out similar measures.....

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Hedge Fund Intelligence-owner said to weigh £100 million sale - sources - Part 3

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 5:44 pm

Another day, another confirmation for little old Betaville.

This time ICG, also known Intermediate Capital Group, sealed the deal to buy a signficant stake in Pageant Media.

Pageant Media is the publisher and owner of Hedge Fund Intelligence and EuroHedge, publications many of Betaville's readers know well...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: KKR & Co said to ... - Part 3

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 3:57 pm

So KKR decided to finally make a statement regarding FTSE 100-listed NMC Health. I have pasted it below:

"Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. ("KKR") notes the announcement yesterday by NMC stating that it has received an approach from KKR regarding a possible offer for NMC.

KKR confirms that it has not made a proposal nor discussed with NMC the terms of any possible offer, and that it does not intend to make an offer for NMC."..

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