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UNCOOKED ALERT: Alimentation Couche-Tard said to ... - Part 5

Monday, 13 December 2021, 7:39 pm

It would appear France's BFM news channel has decided to follow up on little old Betaville's UNCOOKED Alert from last week about the Carrefour SA.

BFM is suggesting that Auchan and the Mulliez family, who control Auchan, are still keen to do a deal that could involve of a takeover of / or merger with Carrefour. Below is a link to the piece if you missed it:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG PLC said to ...

Friday, 10 December 2021, 4:15 pm

THG PLC, the UK-listed e-commerce company, is at the centre of speculation the company could soon be involved in a major corporate event.

People following the situation said the precise details of the transaction are unclear but suggested the "event" might include a takeover of the London-listed business led by the company's founder, Matt Moulding, or a spin off of a large division...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Alimentation Couche-Tard said to ... - Part 4

Friday, 10 December 2021, 1:50 pm

Carrefour SA, the France-listed supermarket group, has come back under the spotlight amid a fresh round of talk it could soon be involved in a significant transaction, including a merger or takeover of the France-listed supermarket group.

Some people following the situation have heard to talk that Carrefour is "still in play", suggesting a bidder is still circling the company.

However, the identity of the acquirer remains unclear, said these people following the situation...

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RARE ALERT: SSE said to ... - Part 6

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 7:55 am

Splashed across the pages of most of today's British newspapers business sections is the latest twist on the battle between FTSE 100-listed energy giant SSE and Elliott, the activist investor led by Paul Singer.

This time Elliott has officially broken cover by going "on the record" about its position and what it wants (for the moment). Below are the links to all the relevant articles:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Ageas said to ... - Part 6

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 3:01 pm

I see arch rivals at Bloomberg have finally decided to follow up on little old Betaville's alert from a couple of week's ago about the recent Ageas takeover rumours.

The financial media giant is claiming BE Group, which is led by ex Lazaes financier Mark Pensaert, has rekindled its interest in buying Ageas. I would post the link but Bloomie hasn't made the story publicly available...

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Confirmations, confirmations and more confirmations - Part 2

Monday, 6 December 2021, 6:26 pm

Ahoy there Betavillers!

As you may have noticed its been a rather busy week - or year, rather - so I haven't had time to write to you with the usual self congratulatory missive about my recent scoops. But I have a bit of time now, so I will list below the confirmations over the last week.

First up, there was Betaville's UNCOOKED ALERT about dealer Marshall Motor Holdings, which was subsequently confirmed over the following days. Below are the links:..

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RARE ALERT: Taylor Wimpey said to ... - Part 2

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 4:16 pm

An American activist investor is rumored to be targeting Taylor Wimpey, the FTSE 100-listed housebuilder, with a view to encouraging corporate activity, such as a takeover.

People following the situation have heard talk Elliott Advisors has been secretly building a sizeable stake in Taylor Wimpey, one of Britain's largest housebuilders...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Orange SA said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 3:25 pm

Atos, the ailing French IT company, has finally been deleted from the MSCI Indices, which has forced passive tracker funds to offload around 8 million shares in the business.

Now, in case you don't recall around about this time of the year in 2017 Gemalto, another ailing French cybersecurity company, was deleted from the MSCI Standard Series Index...

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Vitasoy heiress builds multi-million pound stake in Playtech...

Monday, 29 November 2021, 2:25 pm

Karen Lo has been buying a multi-million pound stake in Playtech, the online gaming software group currently at the centre of a complex three-way takeover tussle.

She is just the latest in a string of colourful characters, many of them eminating from the Far East, who have been buying shares in Playtech well above the recommended 680p a share offer from Aristocrat, an Australian gaming group...

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Reliance Industries said to eye £15 billion plus bid for BT Group, reports India's Economic Times

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:01 am

There is a big buzz around BT Group this morming amid reports from India claiming that Reliance Industries is weighing a multi-billion pound bid for the ailing telecommunications company.

According to The Economic Times, Reliance - which is controlled by Mukesh Ambani, supposedly Asia's "richest man" - is considering making an offer for the whole of BT Group, which recently saw French billionaire Patrick Drahi come onto the register with a large shareholding...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Marshall Motor Holdings PLC said to ...

Friday, 26 November 2021, 3:21 pm

Marshall Motor Holdings PLC, the UK-listed car dealership group, is at the centre of takeover speculation.

People following the situation have heard rumours a mystery predator is eyeing Marshall Motor Holdings and may have already approached the company about a takeover deal.

However, the identity of the party interested in buying Marshall Motor Holdings - Britain's seventh largest car dealer - is in unclear, said these people following the situation...

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