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Seafox International has been accumulating more stock in Gulf Marine Services, the Abu Dhabi-based oilfield services company that it tried to buy last month.
People following the situation said Seafox, which runs "jack-up" units for oil and gas explorers, now owns around 29pc of Gulf Marine after disclosing earlier this week that it had lifted its shareholding to 26.41pc.
The move comes after Seafox offered 10p a share for Gulf Marine Services...
It's that time of the week when Betaville writes about Tiziana Life Sciences, the Aim-listed biopharmceutical developer.
Well, readers might recall that last Friday I suggested there are all sorts of things brewing at Tiziana Life Sciences.
And I understand some fresh data could emerge in the next week that could be transformational for the business, making Tiziana Life Sciences of interest to the pharmaceutical giants...
Avacta Group, the Aim-listed developer of a saliva test for Coronavirus, is said to be looking to tap investors for up to £30 million.
People following the situation said that Avacta is working with brokers from finnCap an equity capital raising via an accelerated bookbuild.
It's thought Avacta is considering issuing new shares at between 110p and 120p a share with a view to raising as much as £30 million...
Punters placing bets LVMH's $16 billion takeover of Tiffany could be in trouble, according to Gasparino - Part 5
Tiffany's shares slumped almost 10pc overnight amid a talk LVMH is getting cold feet again about the $16 billion takeover.
This time, though, it's not Gasparino but Women's Wear Daily stoking concerns with a report claiming LVMH's board members are to hold/held a meeting to discuss whether the company should back out of the deal. Below is a link to the WWD scoop:..
So, Betaville suspects this note (see below) from HC Wainwright & Co is what all the fuss was about on Friday. The company has also this morning sacked Shore Capital and replaced the firm with Optiva as its broker...
Betaville was slightly perplexed by the fact that only the Mail on Sunday reported the news today about Capital & Counties acquisition of a 26.3pc shareholding in Shaftesbury from Samuel Tak Lee...
One of Betaville's favourite City writers offered an interesting view on Brookfield's surprise 7pc stakebuild in FTSE 100-listed British Land: "Acerbic" Alistair Osborne, a former Telegraph colleague and chief business commentator at The Times.
So, I have pasted a link to Alistair's piece below should you have a few spare minutes to catch up on the news this weekend:..
Brookfield, the Canadian property and buy-out group, has snapped up a 7.31pc shareholding in British Land, the FTSE 100-listed property giant.
The stakebuilding was announced this morning. Below is the link:
Betaville expects Tiziana Life Sciences will see a fresh round of interesting developments over the next couple of days.
Indeed, one thing to look out for will be another presentation of StemPrintER, Tiziana's breast cancer test, at the ASCO conference this afternoon. Below is a link to this morning's announcement:..
David Hatcher over at React News is on fire, revealing just now that Capital & Counties is in talks to buy Sammy Tak Lee's stake in Shaftesbury in a move that would pave the way for a £3.1 billion combination of the two retail property giants.
Below is the link to David's scoop:
An investment group founded by Norwegian billionaire hedge fund manager Nicolai Tangen is said to be looking to sell around £300 million of stock in FTSE 100-listed Rolls-Royce through a secondary share sale.
Earlier today rumours whipped round the London market that Rolls-Royce, the aircraft engineering group, was likely to see a major placing - although it wasn't clear whether it was a primary or secondary sale of shares...
Rolls-Royce, the FTSE 100-listed aircraft engine maker, is likely to see a placing of a large chunk of shares.
However, it's not clear whether the placing is a primary or a secondary placing of stock.
People following the situation said Rolls-Royce is working with Morgan Stanley on the deal, which is being carried out by an accelerated book build.
The transaction is likely to be announced imminently, said people following the situation...
So, the Tchenguiz / FirstGroup saga rumbles on although probably not in a way the flamboyant property entrepreneur orginally envisaged.
Below is a link to a piece I wrote for the Mail on Sunday this weekend about how several top brokers - such as IG, GVC's Intertrader and CMC Markets, are chasing down Robbie T for the millions they think he owes them after he was carted out of the stock during the March sell off...
Betaville is removing Marton's from the "cash calls - who is next?" list following last Friday's brewing joint venture deal Carlsberg, which gets the London-listed pub company out of a hole as it will receive £273 million of cash from the transaction...
Hat tip to David Hatcher over at property website React News.
The intrepid hack has just landed a rather good scoop about how Samuel Tak Lee, the Hong Kong-based tycoon who has been stalking Shaftesbury for several years, is looking to offload his 26.5pc shareholding in the property business.
Below is a link to Hacther's scoop:..
So, Tiziana Life Sciences has this morning unveiled the "major corporate activity" Betaville was expecting over the next couple of weeks.
It's a bit earlier than I expected but the top line details are a demerger of StemPrintER. Below is a link to this morning's statement:..
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