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REVEALED: 3i said to weigh £250 million sale of Aspen Pumps - sources

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 2:42 pm

3i is considering a sale of Aspen Pumps, a UK-based company that designs, manufactures and distributes specialised mini pumps that remove condensate water from air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Sources close to the situation said 3i, the FTSE 100-listed private equity investor, has appointed bankers from Baird to find a buyer for Aspen Pumps and the company may be worth between £250 million and £300 million as it generates earnings of around £25 million...

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When Elliott turns up (or doesn't)...

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:03 pm

Paul Singer's Elliott Management/Advisors started shaking the tree at Alexion last week, demaning a "proactive" sale of the $25 bilion US biopharmaceutical company.

Betaville wasn't too surprised to see the activist hedge fund make Alexion it's latest target as this website's RARE sources were suggesting in summer that both US-listed Amgen and Switzerland's Roche were (or perhaps still are?) targeting Alexion with a view to making formal offers for the company...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Phoenix Group Holdings said to ...

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:06 pm

Phoenix Group Holdings, the London-listed life insurer, has come into focus amid talk it could soon be involved in an M&A transaction.

However, people following the situation said it isn't clear what type of deal Phoenix is working on.

One person following the situation had heard rumours a mystery buyer is eyeing a takeover of Phoenix, which specialises in buying up old books of life insurance business that other companies no longer want...

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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to ... - Part 9

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 7:53 am

That's the end of that, then.

The hedgies attempt to squeeze some extra cash out of Apax, Warburg Pincus and the Canadian pension funds for Inmarsat ends as a damp squib after they effectively folded in this game of poker by withdrawaing their joint legal action at today's hearing at the Court to sanction the Scheme of Arrangment. Below is the link:..

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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to ... - Part 8

Monday, 2 December 2019, 9:05 pm

To the Court for tomorrow's hearing to sanction Warburg Pincus and Apax's Scheme of Arrangement to take Inmarsat private.

The judge may be confronted by a bunch of angry hedgies who have been arguing the private equity firms should pay more or attach a contigent value right aspect to their deal because of developments in the US sattelite industry may mean Inmarsat is worth significantly more...

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The odd goings-on ahead of this £750 million Northgate-Redde merger...

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:20 pm

The market was a tad surprised by this morning's announcement about Northgate's all-share merger of Redde, which provides replacement vehicle, repair and recovery services to insurance company customers.

Not least because just a couple of days ago around 45 million Redde shares changed hands, which effectively saw Neil Woodford's defunct outfit (now controlled by Blackrock) and his old colleague Mark Barnett of Invesco Perputual cleared out (or partially cleared out) of the stock...

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RARE ALERT: Arthur J Gallagher & Co said to ... - Part 2

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5:07 pm

Betaville has a rather fragile ego thanks to years of working at the coalface of British financial journalism.

So, I was pleased to see US insurance giant Arthur J Gallagher & Co announce it is planning to buy the remainder of London-based reinsurance broker Capsicum Re, set up by Graham "Chily" Chiltern, founder of Benfield (which was eventually sold to Aon)...

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

Friday, 22 November 2019, 4:59 pm

Here is a story thay may resonate with some Betaville's core readers: Pageant Media, which owns HedgeFund Intelligence, is working with advisers on "strategic options".

Sources close to the situation said Pageant Media, which is controlled by entrepreneur Charles Kerr, is working with advisers from corporate finance firm Livingstone (now part of NM Rothschild), a move that could lead to an eventual sale of the business...

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Glencore eyeing £70 billion merger with Rio Tinto, suggests Australian Financial Review's Street Talk column - Part 2

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 11:28 am

Apologies loyal readers. It seems Betaville might have got slightly the wrong end of the stick when noting the Australian Financial Review's piece about the Glencore / Rio Tinto merger talk.

It would appear the AFR's Street Talk column is in fact suggesting Rio Tinto is looking at taking a run at Glencore and combination is more likely to lead to an £80 billion market capitalisation company. Below is the link to the AFR's piece:..

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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to ... - Part 5

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 4:21 pm

Inmarsat's board is facing another shareholder backlash after it emerged that investors controlling 17pc of the company have written to the FTSE 250-listed business, arguing it should delay the sale of the business or even appoint an independent financial adviser to review the £2.6 billion takeover offer from Apax and Warburg Pincus amid questions about a "conflict of interest"...

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Glencore eyeing £70 billion merger with Rio Tinto, suggests Australian Financial Review's Street Talk column

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 9:58 pm

Tongues are wagging down under about the prospect of Ivan Glasenberg taking another run at Rio Tinto.

The Australian Financial Review has led the well-respected Street Talk column with the merger rumour after Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg and Steve Kamlin, the company's CFO, recently travelled to Australia. Below is a the link to the recent AFR piece:..

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