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UNCOOKED ALERT: Soprema said to ...

Friday, 17 September 2021, 3:31 pm

Soprema, a privately-owned water proofing products company, is rumoured to be the mystery bidder weighing a counter bid for Recticel, the listed Belgian insulation company.

People following the situation have heard speculation France-based Soprema may be considering making a counter offer for Recticel, which has already received a hostile takeover approach from Greiner AG, an Austrian plastics manufacturer, at EURO 13.50 a share...

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RARE ALERT: SSE said to ... - Part 4

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 10:04 am

I see former colleagues from The Daily Telegraph who now work at The Times were gracious enough to give little old Betaville some credit for the scoop about Elliott's stakebuilding activities in SSE, the FTSE 100-listed power and energy giant.

In fact, The Times splashed the whole of the business section on the story. Below is a link to the piece in the The Times...

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Unilever may be a target for activist such as Nelson Peltz, reports FT - Part 2

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 8:22 am

Now analysts at Exane BNP Paribas are jumping on the 'Unilever is a target for an activist' theme.

Betaville's moles tell me the broker has just published a note suggesting the company split its developed markets business from its emerging markets business as this could generate 97pc of upside for the stock.

Yes, you read that correctly - 97pc!..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: easyJet said to ... - Part 2

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 7:11 pm

I see rivals at Bloomberg have a "scoop" about easyJet working on a £1.4 billion equity capital raising.

Well, in case you don't remember little old Betaville reported in January this year that budget airline was/is plotting with its advisers about how to raise fresh equity capital. Below is the link:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Recticel said to ...

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 3:40 pm

Recticel, the Belgian insulation products maker, is said to have attracted a rival suitor.

Recticel, which makes foam insulation and other construction materials, has this year been trying to fend off a takeover approach from Greiner AG, an Austrian plastics manufacturer.

However, people following the situation have heard rumours a rival western European company is circling Recticel with a view to launching an offer for the Belgian company in the next few weeks...

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888 Holdings said to have beaten Apollo for William Hill, reports The Times

Tuesday, 7 September 2021, 10:38 am

Dominic Walsh, the country's leading leisure reporter who works for The Times, is reporting William Hill's betting shops are set to be sold to 888 Holdings for about £2 billion by Caesars. Below is his tweet:

EXCLUSIVE: 888 Holdings wins William Hill auction with £2 billion-plus bid, beating Apollo to the line. Story to follow on @TimesBusiness shortly..

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