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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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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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Trading on diarrhoea... - Part 3

Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:25 am

Perhaps the bears were onto something with Immuron, the Australian and Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company developing a treatment for diarrhoea.

Yesterday, the US-listed stock collapsed 30pc to close $6.90.

And Immuron's American shares are down another 5pc or so in the pre-market.....

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Tags: Immuron

Trading on diarrhoea... - Part 2

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 1:41 pm

First Immuron; now Jiayin Group.

The US-listed Chinese digital marketplace is in focus after it leapt over 800pc during intraday trading yesterday, rising from $2.9 to an intrday high of $29.

The stock eventually closed at $5.8.

And today the company just announced its first quarter figures (the the link below):..

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Cash calls - who is next? - Part 12

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 11:25 am

The equity fundraisings (see Ocado) continue unabated, so Betaville is putting Greggs on the "cash calls - who is next?" list as scribblers at HSBC were suggesting the baker would likely come to the market and ask shareholders for fresh funds in the coming weeks.

So, below is the updated list:

1. International Consolidated Airlines Group

2. InterContinental Hotels Group

3. Mitchells & Butlers

4. Kingfisher

5. Provident Financial..

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Tags: Greggs
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UNCOOKED ALERT: Clinigen said to ... - Part 2

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 2:52 pm

Advent International is the mystery buyer stalking Clinigen but it's not clear whether it is still in "live" takeover talks with the Aim-listed medical supplies company.

Several people following the situation said Advent - which has carried out several investments in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries - has been working Goldman Sachs and HSBC on a multi-million debt package for a possible takeover of Clinigen...

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Tags: Clinigen

Trading on diarrhoea...

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 1:40 pm

It's not often a stock jumps a 1000pc in day. But yesterday Immuron, an Australian biopharmaceutical company that trades on Nasdaq, did exactly that on hopes it may develop a new treatment for diarrhoea.

Yes folks you read that correctly - diarrhoea...

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Tags: Immuron

Cash calls - who is next? - Part 11

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 9:55 pm

Betaville is placing Rolls-Royce (no pun intended) on the ""cash calls - who is next?" list.

Now, readers might be asking why given the lockdowns are ending and stockmarkets are recovering.

Well, some very large and influential institutional investors suggested to little old Betaville an equity capital raising at Rolls-Royce is likely in the next few months...

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