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UNCOOKED ALERT: Signature Aviation said to ... - Part 2

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 4:54 pm

It would appear Signature Aviation, and its highly paid advisers at JP Morgan and Tulchan Communications have decided to ignore the fact that little old Betaville published an UNCOOKED ALERT this morning about the potential deal.

In today's confirmation statement (see the link below) there is a simple reference to "movement in its share price" and no reference to Betaville's scoop (see the link below)...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Signature Aviation said to...

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 11:51 am

Signature Aviation, the UK-listed aviation services company, is at the centre of bid speculation.

People following the situation have heard rumours about the possibility of a takeover bid for, or stakebuilding in, Signature Aviation.

One person following the situation suggested the acquirer could be one of America's largest private equity firms while another person said they heard rumours the potential offeror could be a hedge fund that carries out outright takeover bids...


Ferguson said to have appointed NM Rothschild to find a buyer for £500 million Wolseley UK - sources - Part 3

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 1:20 pm

Three private equity firms are said to be in the running to buy Wolseley UK from FTSE 100-listed Ferguson.

People following the situation said Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Epiris and HIG Capital are competing in the final round of the Wolseley auction.

Final round bids for Wolseley are due in the next few days, said these people.

It's thought Wolseley, one of Britain's biggest building merchants, could change hands for between £400 million and £600 million...


The fight back at Solutions 30 begins ... or does it? - Part 3

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 9:36 pm

Solutions 30, the under siege Paris-listed outsourcing company, collapsed almost 40pc today to close at around EURO 9.1.

So, clearly the company's statement from earlier in the week alleging all sorts failed to reassure investors, who are likely to have been spooked by Carson Block's Muddy Waters wading in.

Below is a link to the FT's report on this bizarre tale:..


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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 17

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 7:54 am

The shenanigans at Telit Communications continue unabated, with Dbay this morning saying it has decided not to make an offer for the 'internet of things' company after all.

Dbay, one of the Aim-listed company's largest shareholders, also said it won't back a 250p a share all stock offer from Switzerland's U-blox, which has also been stalking Telit. Below is the link:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Pluralsight said to ... - Part 3

Monday, 14 December 2020, 4:20 pm

Another hour, another confirmation for little old Betaville.

This time it has emerged Vista Equity Partners, the private equity firm controlled by Robert Smith, has bought Pluralsight, the US-listed digital education business, for $3.5 billion.

In case you don't recall, Betaville Intelligence reported Pluralsight was a takeover target for Vista in early November and also published a follow up last week. Below are the links:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Codemasters Group Holdings PLC said to ... - Part 5

Monday, 14 December 2020, 10:42 am

Quelle Surprise - Electronic Arts has had a 604p a share cash offer recommended by the board of Codemasters, whose shares are up over 20pc this morning.

Now, readers wouldn't have been too surprised to learn about this morning's counterbid as on Friday Betaville publihsed an UNCOOKED Alert on the topic. Below is the link:..


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BREAKING: AstraZeneca buys Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion, confirming Betaville's scoops...

Saturday, 12 December 2020, 1:24 pm

Whoa! Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the US-listed pharmaceuticals stock, has just sold itself to FTSE 100-listed AsztraZeneca for $39 billion in cash and stock.

Now, in case you don't recall little old Betaville revealed several weeks ago that Alexion Pharmaceuticals was back in play with multiple articles on Betaville Intelligence. I will paste them below:..


The Squid, the Stock Watch column and the £1.4 billion energy meter bid...

Friday, 11 December 2020, 10:45 am

This morning a consortium of investors led by BlackRock have announced they plan to buy Calisen, the London-listed smart meter company, for £1.4 billion or 261p a share. Below is the link:



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

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 5:43 pm

Pluralsight Inc, the US-listed online technology training company, may be edging closer to a sale of the business.

People following the situation said Pluralsight had recently cancelled their attedance at several investor conferences being held by leading investment banks, leading to a fresh round of speculation the business could be in talks with a potential purchaser...


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