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The assistant editor, the London-listed property giants and the (lack thereof) activists...

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 6:44 pm

Betaville's old pal Oliver, "Shahsy", Shah of the The Sunday Times has churned out another on point column for friends at React News, the specialist property title.

Olly's main point is that there has been plenty of activism this year across several industries - with the likes of SSE, Shell and GlaxoSmithKline all recently tageted - but that the real estate sector has been completely left out...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: ICA Gruppen AB said to ... - Part 2

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 7:57 am

And there you have it: Swedish retail-to-healthcare conglomerate ICA Gruppen has received a $12.5 billion takeover approach from its largest shareholder at SEK 534 a share in cash.

Now you might recall little old Betaville published an UNCOOKED Alert on ICA Gruppen a couple of weeks ago, suggesting the company could soon be involved in a major corporate transaction, such as a takeover:

Below is the link if you don't believe me:..


Bears circle S&T AG...

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 2:55 pm

Have you ever heard of S&T AG?

Well, Betaville's hadn't until I got wind that some of the fericious stockmarket bears have started pawing away at the 'internet of things' solutions company.

Being a bear is rather a brave thing to do in this market as it never wants to go down.

But the bears are creeping out of the woods for certain names, especially for those companies based in Germany!..


Tags: S&T, S&T AG

McAfee Corporation close to being sold to Advent International for $10 billion, reveals, er, Bloomberg - Part 2

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 8:30 am

Little old Betaville would like to clarify a point of confusion that arose last week as the two big beasts of the American financial media industry got stuck into the McAfee $10 billion take private scoop.

Betaville understands Bloomberg "broke" the story at 7:23pm (UK time) and then the Wall Street Journal came out with its piece just under 15 minutes later at 7:35pm.

So, it was in fact Bloomie that won that tussle...


Abrdn in talks to buy Interactive Investor for £1.5 billion, reveals Sky

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 11:18 am

The scoops are coming in thick and fast today!

Now former boss and colleague Mark, "the Kleinmanator", Kleinman of Sky News is reporting that Abrdn (the combination of Aberdeen and Standard Life) is in talks to buy online retail stockbroker Interactive Investor for £1.5 billion.

The talks are advanced, so you could seen an RNS this Monday, says Kleiny. Below is a link to his scoop:..


Tags: Abrdn, Sky

Saturday review: THG boss hints of a £3 billion take private and O'Connell tips Barclays for a takeover

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 10:09 am

Chums and former colleagues at The Times have churned out a quality Saturday section this weekend.

The hamper splash of the business section is a pick up of a sensational interview with Matt Moulding, the controversial boss of beleguered THG, which has seen its share price collapse over 50pc over the last month amid concerns about the company and an "attack" by "short sellers" (who they?)...


Tags: the times

McAfee Corporation close to being sold to Advent International for $10 billion, reveals, er, Bloomberg

Friday, 5 November 2021, 9:01 pm

It seems Bloomberg is also claiming the "scoop" about McAfee "go private" story.

The thing is in journalism you can only really claim the "scoop" or "exclusive" if you publish first otherwise you are just following up somebody else's story i.e. coming in second, third, fourth etc.

Anyway, I will leave the two big beasts of the US financial media to squable over who got the "scoop" here.....


McAfee Corporation close to being sold to Advent International for $10 billion, reveals the WSJ

Friday, 5 November 2021, 8:28 pm

The venerable Wall Street Journal has dug out a Friday afternoon corker of a deal scoop.

Hacks at the WSJ just revealed McAfee, the US-listed computer and security software company, is on the verge of being sold to Advent International, which is well known on UK shores for gobbling up defence companies such as Cobham and Ultra Electronics. Below is a link to the WSJ tale:..


Carlyle weighs offer for Metro Bank, reveals Bloomberg

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 11:11 am

Arch rivals at Bloomberg have dug this morning's deal scoop with a tale about Carlyle weighing a takeover bid for ailing Metro Bank.

The confirmation came pretty quick. Below is a link the statement from Metro Bank, which has had its fair share of troubles recently and is now only trading at a fraction of what it used to be worth...


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

Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 3:17 pm

Another day, another follow up from arch rivals at Bloomberg.

This time Bloomie hacks have picked up on little old Betaville's UNCOOKED Alert series about Qiagen, the Frankfurt and Nasdaq-listed molecular testing firm, from last week.

Now Bloomberg is reporting that French diagnositics firm BioMeurieux is in talks with Qiagen about a mutli-billion EURO merger. Below is the link:..


Tags: Qiagen
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RARE ALERT: GlaxoSmithKline said to ...

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 3:04 pm

FTSE 100-listed GlaxoSmithKline, Switzerland-based Roche and Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical are all rumoured to be the large pharmaceutical companies involved in the strategic review being carried by Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, the US-listed rare disease drug developer.

People following the situation have heard speculation Goldman Sachs is advising Aurinia on the strategic review...


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