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Bears circle Samhallsbyggnadsbolaget - Part 2

Tuesday, 22 February 2022, 9:17 am

I see the bear has finally stepped out of the woods and begun mauling away at Swedish property company Samhallsbyggnadsbolaget, also known by its ticker name SBB.

Readers though might be wondering why SBB's shares leapt after a certain short seller started airing some rather fruity allegations (for legal reasons Betaville can't repeat the allegations here)...

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Bears circle Samhallsbyggnadsbolaget

Monday, 21 February 2022, 5:52 am

Some of the stockmarket's most ferocious bears have pounced on Samhallsbyggnadsbolaget, a Sweden-listed property company also known as SBB.

People following the situation said that almost 10pc of SBB's shares are already on loan, potentially to short sellers of the stock.

Quite why these bearish types have begun to to target SBB - a Nordic property company focused on residential and social infrastructure properties - remains to be seen...

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Sunday review: Clipper Logistics, Audioboom and Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

Sunday, 20 February 2022, 3:57 pm

Aside from The Sunday Times scoop about Clipper Logistics there were a couple of other stories in the British Sunday newspapers that caught Betaville's eye.

One of them was Mark Shapland's piece in the Mail on Sunday about the possibility of Sony Music taking an interest in Audioboom, the Aim-listed podcasting company that has been the subject of a couple of Betaville UNCOOKED Alerts...

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Clipper Logistics said to have received £1 billion takeover approach, according to The Sunday Times

Sunday, 20 February 2022, 12:51 am

Hacks over at The Sunday Times have landed a decent takeover tale about a possible takeover of London-listed online goods company Clipper Logistics, which handles orders for retail chains such as John Lewis, Asda and Asos.

According to Oliver Shah and Sam Chambers, both of The Sunday Times, Clipper Logistics has received an offer from a mystery suitor, which is being advised by NM Rothschild. Below is the link:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG said to ... - Part 8

Friday, 18 February 2022, 2:42 pm

A growing number of advisers have been enlisted to work on a possible takeover of THG ahead of a potential formal offer for the London-listed online retailer.

People following the situation have heard Advent International has appointed consultants from McKinsey & Company to carry out analysis and a due diligence report...

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Tags: THG
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UNCOOKED ALERT: Ontex said to ... - Part 3

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 3:35 pm

Ontex, the Belgian diaper maker, is at the centre of a fresh round of takeover speculation.

People following the situation have heard talk the company could soon be on the receiving end of a takeover approach.

Some people following the situation said the approach could come from Ontex's largest shareholders...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Audioboom Group said to ... - Part 4

Monday, 14 February 2022, 7:50 am

I see the old Mark "the Kleinmanator" Kleinman of Sky News last night popped up with his own version of the Audioboom story, suggesting both Amazon and Spotify are both considering takeover offers for the Aim-listed podcasting business. Below is the link:

https://news.sky.com/story/amazon-and-spotify-mull-bids-for-london-listed-podcaster-audioboom-12541467..

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Cisco said to have approached Splunk with $20 billion takeover bid, reveals the Wall Street Journal

Saturday, 12 February 2022, 10:07 am

The venerable Wall Street Journal's deals team dug out a corking scoop late on Friday night about technology giant Cisco making a $20 billion approach for the wonderfully named Splunk, the US-listed software business. Below is the link:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/cisco-made-20-billion-plus-takeover-offer-for-splunk-11644622277..

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GlaxoSmithKline said to be eyeing £1 billion plus takeover bid for Theravance Biopharma, reports The Times

Friday, 11 February 2022, 8:21 am

Has GlaxoSmithKline truly given up its pursuit of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, the US-listed drug developer?

Last year Betaville Intelligence reported that GSK was one of the pharmaceutical giants circling Aurinia but now The Times is reporting the FTSE 100-listed group is looking at a different takeover target...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG said to ... - Part 7

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 7:21 pm

Readers following the THG story (saga) might be interested in Matt Moulding's Instagram posts.

The founder of e-commerce firm THG, also known as The Hut Group, appears to draw a supportive group of followers who clearly follow the company's topsy turvy share price performance.

Below is a link to one of Moulding's latest missives on Insta; the post itself is unsurprisingly a THG promotion but the comments from punters on the right hand are worth a quick glance...

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John Menzies rebuffs £300 million plus takeover approach...

Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 8:37 am

It's been a tad quieter over the last month or so on the British dealmaking scene, so Betaville was pleased to see a fresh takeover situation announced this morning.

John Menzies, the London-listed aviation services businesses, has rejected a 510p a share offer from Agility Public Warehousing, which is what looks to be a Kuwaiti company...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG said to ... - Part 5

Friday, 4 February 2022, 3:28 pm

Private equity firms Advent International, Leonard Green Partners and Apollo are all rumoured to be circling THG, the London-listed e-commerce business.

People following the situation have heard talk Advent is working with advisers from Goldman Sachs on its interest in THG alongside the company's founder, Matt Moulding...

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Tags: THG

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