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UNCOOKED ALERT: Capital & Counties Properties said to ... - Part 2

Saturday, 7 May 2022, 9:53 am

I see the old Mark "the Kleinmanator" Kleinman of Sky News has popped up with his own version of the Capital & Counties Properties tale.

According to Kleiny, Capital & Counties Properties is in talks with larger rival West End landlord Shaftesbury about a £3.5 billion all-share merger!

Mark's full story is yet to be published but I will obviously add the link when he does put it up.



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UNCOOKED ALERT: Capital & Counties Properties said to ...

Friday, 6 May 2022, 4:08 pm

Capital & Counties Properties has come under the spotlight amid speculation the company may soon be involved in significant corporate transaction, such as a merger or takeover of the London-listed company.

The precise details of transaction involving Capital & Counties Properties are unclear but some people following the situation suggested the company may have attracted a suitor interested in buying the business...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Silicon Motion Technology Corporation said to ... - Part 4

Friday, 6 May 2022, 8:05 am

And there you have it: US-listed MaxLinear Inc has agreed a deal to buy rival chip maker Silicon Motion Technology Corporation for $4 billion in cash and stock.

MaxLinear will pay $93.54 in cash and about 0.4 of its share for each Silicon Motion's American depositary shares (ADS).

In case you don't recall, little old Betaville was the first to highlight Silicon Motion Technology Corporation was in play for a takeover in late April. Below is the link:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Silicon Motion Technology Corporation said to ... - Part 3

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 7:58 am

I see arch rivals at Bloomberg have published another follow up to little old Betaville's UNCOOKED ALERT about Silicon Motion Technology Corporation.

Now hacks at Bloomie are suggesting MaxLinear Inc, a US-listed hardware business, is in talks to buy Silicon Motion Technology Corporation.

Below are the links to the Bloomie "scoop" in case you missed it and Betaville's UNCOOKED ALERT:..


Blackstone and KKR said to eye Ubisoft Entertainment, reveals Bloomberg - Part 3

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 8:30 pm

Perhaps Betaville was being too snarky about Dealreporter's Ubisoft Entertainment tale.

A loyal reader points out that the Dealreporter piece reveals the Guillemot family, who founded Ubisoft in 1986, is assessing doing a deal with a private equity firm.

That fact is extremely important because the Guillemot's were viewed a possible impediment to a takeover following an approach several years ago at a much higher price...


Blackstone and KKR said to eye Ubisoft Entertainment, reveals Bloomberg - Part 2

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 3:40 pm

You might be wondering why Ubisoft Entertainment's shares have spiked almost 10pc this afternoon.

Well, it's because Dealreporter have just pumped out their own version of the takeover tale that was first aired by Bloomberg a few days ago.

Dealreporter's story is somewhat after the horse has bolted but the the topline from Betaville's erstwhile employer is:..


Asda owner said to be in "deal talks" with Alimentation Couche-Tard, reveals WSJ

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 10:54 am

EG Group, the owner of Asda supermarkets, and Alimentation Couche-Tard are reportedly in deal talks as part of a transaction that could value the former at $16 billion.

Well, that's according to hacks at the Wall Street Journal, which rather annoyingly is on a bit of decent run of digging out scoops...


Saturday review: Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Johnson Matthey and HSBC

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 10:20 am

There were plenty of bits and pieces going on yesterday afternoon that little old Betaville wasn't able to get on top of as I was rather busy, so I thought I would chew over them today in the Saturday review.

One story that was brought to my attention was the bizarre goings on at Opiant Pharmaceuticals, a US-listed firm that makes medicines for the treatment of addictions...


Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 13

Friday, 29 April 2022, 2:59 pm

Matt Dickinson, a top sports writer on The Times, has landed a sensational and rare on the record scoop about a last minute bid for Chelsea FC from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the chemical tycoon who founded Ineos.

According to Matt's piece, Sir Jim made a late bid of more than £4 billion to buy Chelsea, with the British billionaire sending the bid today to the merchant bank which is conducting the sale process...


Temenos said to have received fresh takeover approach from Thoma Bravo, reveals Bloomberg

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 10:01 pm

Deal hacks at Bloomberg are back on it, pumping out M&A scoops galore over the last few weeks.

The latest tale from the arch rivals at the financial behemoth is about longstanding takeover target Temenos, the Switzerland-listed banking software company.

According to Bloomie, Thoma Bravo has rekindled its interest in Temenos and "expressed an interest" in buying the company via talks...


Elon Musk may launch Twitter bid, claim reports - Part 3

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 7:27 pm

That was quick!

Elon Musk has agreed a deal with Twitter's board to purchase the microblogging site for $44 billion.

Now, the financial media commentariat's focussing (mainly on Twitter, ironically) on what the maverick billionaire plans to with the site, with many concerned about the negative impact.

Strange, though, that the idea of a counterbid to Musk's offer appears to have completely dissapeared from the general discourse.....


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Silicon Motion Technology Corporation said to ... - Part 2

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 8:03 am

It would appear arch rivals at Bloomberg have followed up another Betaville Intelligence alert.

Yesterday, Bloomie reported Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, the US-listed semi conductor group, has appointed advisers to carry out a sale after receiving approaches from potential acquirers. Below is the link:..


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