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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to be working on US takeover deal

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 8:14 pm

Regular viewers of my Tip TV slot will know that I have been working on a story involving London-listed Inmarsat, the satellite network operator.

Well, I haven't managed to completely get to the bottom of the story out but I think I am barking up the right tree, so here is the tale.

Well-placed sources tell me Inmarsat has been working furiously hard on an acquisition of a US-based business, with a view to closing a deal in the next few months...


Commentariat raise doubts over Formula One "vanity buyers"

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 12:46 am

I'm sure many Betaville readers will be watching British Grand Prix this weekend. So, do get in contact if you happen to spot a representative from any of the potential bidders, such as Qatar Sports Investments, circling Formula One in the VIP boxes. A cheeky photo of the Qataris at Silverstone wouldn't go amiss, too...


Enders predicts Murdoch may bid for Sky, again...

Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:56 am

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last 48 hours - I had to attend a few functions yesterday, including the Henley Royal Regatta. It was a fun event although the return train ride in a carriage whose air conditioning had broken down was not particularly pleasurable. ..


Here is another surprise - Rob Terry buys stake in Imaginatik

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 1:55 am

Readers who follow London's micro cap stocks might be wondering why Imaginatik has leapt over 70pc today.

Well, I understand Quob Park Estate - the investment vehicle run by former Quindell boss Rob Terry - has begun building a sizeable stake in Imaginatik, whose market cap stands at almost £5 million.

I had never heard of Imaginatik before but according to the company's Wikipedia entry the business is:..


Now this is a surprise - Rob Terry buys massive stake in Daniel Stewart - part 5

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 2:28 am

Readers might recall that Daniel Stewart, the well-known City stockbroker, said yesterday it didn't know what was behind the recent share price gain of almost 50pc in the last week.

However, I have just picked up on the grapevine that Rob Terry - the former boss of Quindell and now one of Daniel Stewart's largest shareholders - was seen at the stockbroker's offices yesterday, having a meeting with chairman Peter Shea.

So, 2 + 2 = 4? Or 2 + 2 = 5?..


What's on the radar? - part 2

Wednesday, 17 June 2015, 6:16 pm

Insurer Axis Capital Holdings was in demand during yesterday's trading session in the US.

Axis's shares jumped as much as 6pc before settling a bit to close 4pc higher at around $57.

The talk in the market is Adam McNestrie over at top trade rag The Insurance Insider is onto something with his multiple stories about Arch Capital Group's interest in purchasing Axis, whose market capitalisation currently stands at just under $6 billion...


What's on the radar?

Monday, 15 June 2015, 2:26 pm

Smith & Nephew, for a start.

Why? Because there is a growing expectation the US Federal Trade Commission will soon (possibly as early as this week) make up its mind on whether it will give the green light to Zimmer's purchase of rival Biomet for $13.4 billion.

Here is a link to Wall Street Journal article on the topic:..


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