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UNCOOKED ALERT: Vodafone said to ... - Part 5

Friday, 28 January 2022, 10:46 pm

Rivals at Bloomberg just landed a stonking scoop about a company that is very much at the centre of Betaville's attention at the moment: Vodafone.

According to the news agency, Swedish activist Cevian has taken a shareholding in the FTSE 100 telecoms giant and held talks with the company.

And avid followers of the activist fund know that Cevian has form in picking investments that eventually get bid for, such as blue chip insurer RSA...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 9:47 pm

I see Reuters has finally picked up on the Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy bid rumours little old Betaville published on late last year. Below is a link to the Reuters piece in case you missed it earlier:



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UNCOOKED ALERT: Mercell said to ...

Monday, 24 January 2022, 3:16 pm

Mercell, the Norway-listed software business, is at the centre of takeover talk.

People following the situation have heard Mercell - which provides software that allows suppliers to find public sector tenders and contracts - has drawn interest from a mystery suitor interested in acquiring the business.

One person following the situation suggested the bidder for Mercell could be a private equity firm looking to carry out a leveraged buy-out...


Unilever may be a target for activist such as Nelson Peltz, reports FT - Part 3

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 12:37 pm

The Unilever might be a target for Nelson Peltz theory was first aired last summer but now it appears to be have become fact.

Indeed, hacks at the venerable Financial Times have dug a decent scoop today about Peltz building a stake after the botched £50 billion tilt GlaxoSmithKline's consumer division. Below is a link to the FT piece:..


Vitasoy heiress builds stake in Playtech... - Part 3

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 10:15 am

JKO Play, the investment vehicle led by former Formula One boss Eddie Jordan, has lined up Nickleby Capital to advise and raise the financing for its £2.7 billion plus takeover bid for Playtech, the FTSE 250-listed gaming company.

The thing is, though, is Betaville can't tell whether Nickleby's appointment is bullish or bearish for JKO's counter tilt at Playtech...


Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 5:19 pm

American financial media heavyweights TheWall Street Journal and Bloomberg were both claiming to have landed the scoop about Microsoft's $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard.

They both published within minutes of each other but because little old Betaville was lunching with a friendly flack it was hard to tell which media outfit published the scoop first...


Unilever bids £50 billion for GlaxoSmithKline's consumer arm, reveals The Sunday Times - Part 2

Monday, 17 January 2022, 9:57 pm

Well, it looks like Ian "Kingy" King is first out of the traps to highlight something little old Betaville had been ruminating on with an old City contact over a few glasses down the pub this evening.

In a piece today King, a former City editor of The Times and now business presenter at Sky News, argues Unilever may have accidently put itself in play after attempting to buy GlaxoSmithKline's consumer division for £50 billion. Below is the link:..


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