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Mike Ashley said to be in the frame to buy...everything - Part 2

Saturday, 2 February 2019, 12:56 pm

So, the venerable Financial Times have had a good stab at looking into why maverick Mike Ashley is hoovering up every distressed retailer in sight.

Below is a link to the excellent piece in today's hard copy edition.


However, Betaville isn't 100pc convinced the FT have got to the bottom of the whole story...


A bunch of jokers: Scor, Covea and Partner Re...

Friday, 1 February 2019, 10:00 am

Betaville read with amusement the fall out from Covea's failed takeover bid for insurance giant Scor.

The acrimony is palpable with both companies making all sorts allegations (which for legal reasons won't be repeated here). In case you missed it, below are the links to the relevant stories:



Mike Ashley said to be in the frame to buy...everything

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 6:05 pm

HMV, Sofa.com and now Patisserie Valerie.

Those are the latest ailing retailers (of sorts) that have been linked in recent days with a potential (rescue?) bid from maverick entrepreneur Mike Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club.

Indeed, below is a link to yesterday's piece in the Daily Mail about Ashley's interest in the collapsed coffee shop chain...


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WELL-DONE ALERT: RhythmOne said to ...

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 6:15 pm

RhythmOne, a London-listed digital advertising company, is in talks to merge with rival Taptica to create a business with over $600 million of revenues.

People claiming to be familiar with the matter suggested Taptica has held detailed discussions about a combination with RhythmOne, the company formerly known as Blinkx...


Tags: RhythmOne

Sunday review - Marks & Spencer, Ocado and Paddy Power Betfair/Stars Group

Sunday, 27 January 2019, 3:42 pm

Betaville's friends and colleagues on the Sunday papers were clearly working hard last week at digging up stories that make you perk up over your Sunday morning fry up.

Indeed, one of the stand out scoops of the weekend was Neil Craven's blockbuster jackanory in the Mail on Sunday about Marks & Spencer's talks about a combination of sorts with online grocer Ocado. Below is the link:..


Another non-denial denial; this time from the bloke trying to buy Patisserie Valerie...

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 9:49 am

Betaville was intrigued to read yesterday in The Times that David Scott, founder of coffee chain Druckers, is planning to buy ailing Patisserie Valerie out of administration.

Mr Scott even told The Daily Telegraph, my former employer, he "has lined up advisers and will make a bid for most of the remaining 122 outlets," adding “nobody else knows this business as well as me - I know the whole thing backwards"...


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RARE ALERT: RPC said too... - Part 5

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 11:10 pm

Apologies for the tardy post - Betaville has been travelling all day without access to the internet.

Anyway, I see London-listed plastics group RPC and Wall Street buy-out titan Apollo finally announced the deal to take the company private for around 780p a share.

Loyal readers of this website wouldn't have been too surprised to learn about some of the details of today's following last Friday's RARE Alert. Below is a link to that piece:..


Tags: RPC, betaville
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RARE ALERT: RPC said to... - Part 4

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 10:49 pm

Betaville has to admit it's puzzling that there was no deal announcement following yesterday's definitive report from the Wall Street Journal about the £3 billion takeover of RPC by Apollo being announced today.

In case you missed it, below is a link to the WSJ story following Betaville's Friday RARE on the topic:..


Tags: RPC, Apollo
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RARE ALERT: RPC said to... - Part 2

Monday, 21 January 2019, 3:17 pm

Bloomberg have just chucked out a piece saying the lending banks, including HSBC, have "underwritten a multi-billion leveraged debt financing to back" the buy-out of RPC by Apollo Global Management.

Now, loyal readers will be well aware that Betaville published a RARE alert on Friday evening regarding plastics maker RPC but it wasn't quite as definitve as Bloomie regarding the underwriting of Apollo's debt financing for the deal...


Tags: RPC

Sunday review - Mike Ashley, Peter Hargreaves and one of Betaville's former employers...

Sunday, 20 January 2019, 6:44 pm

Once you get past the acres of Brexit coverage there were some decent business jackanories knocking about in the Sunday papers today.

One story that caught Betaville's eye was a tucked away on page 2 of the Mail on Sunday's business section about how Mike Ashley is planning to hire new PR "experts" to look after his "growing retail group". Below is a link to Neil Craven's article:..


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