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The boat (man) is to set sail again ...

Friday, 28 May 2021, 6:21 pm

The mysterious short seller that targeted London-listed Babcock International is set to release a "new" report.

Boatman Capital has just warned its Twitter followers that:

"Time for The Boatman to set sail again. Look out for a new report from us soon."

Whether that's a fresh report on Babcock International, which sells engineering services to defence companies, or another company altogether remains to be seen...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Kering said to ... - Part 4

Saturday, 22 May 2021, 10:48 am

Betaville notes that billionaire Johann Rupert, who controls Compagnie Financiere Richemont, has finally admitted that that he has been approached by rival Kering about a $150 billion mega merger. Below is a link to yesterday's Financial Times piece with the on the record quotes.



Mike Ashley said to be in talks to buy Hugo Boss, according to Manager Magazin

Friday, 21 May 2021, 11:40 am

Hugo Boss shares are up over 5pc this morning following a report from a German magazine that Mike Ashley is weighing a takeover bid to buy the fashion brand outright.

Wily Ashley, the controversial billionaire owner of Newcastle United Football Club, has been building a stake in Hugo Boss for sometime but now the monthly Manager Magazin is claiming he is "in talks" to buy the whole business for over EURO 3.2 billion. Below is a link to the piece:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Stride, Inc said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 5:58 pm

There was a frisson of excitement around Stride, Inc yesterday after rivals at StreetInsider suggested Pearson, the FTSE 100-listed education publisher, is interested in acquiring the US-based group.

However, flaks at Pearson were quick too pour cold water on the StreetInsider tale, denying it to rival American wesbite Seeking Alpha...


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