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UNCOOKED ALERT: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 9:47 pm

I see Reuters has finally picked up on the Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy bid rumours little old Betaville published on late last year. Below is a link to the Reuters piece in case you missed it earlier:

https://www.reuters.com/business/siemens-energy-weighs-options-siemens-gamesa-integration-sources-2022-01-26/..

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Unilever may be a target for activist such as Nelson Peltz, reports FT - Part 3

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 12:37 pm

The Unilever might be a target for Nelson Peltz theory was first aired last summer but now it appears to be have become fact.

Indeed, hacks at the venerable Financial Times have dug a decent scoop today about Peltz building a stake after the botched £50 billion tilt GlaxoSmithKline's consumer division. Below is a link to the FT piece:..

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Vitasoy heiress builds stake in Playtech... - Part 3

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 10:15 am

JKO Play, the investment vehicle led by former Formula One boss Eddie Jordan, has lined up Nickleby Capital to advise and raise the financing for its £2.7 billion plus takeover bid for Playtech, the FTSE 250-listed gaming company.

The thing is, though, is Betaville can't tell whether Nickleby's appointment is bullish or bearish for JKO's counter tilt at Playtech...

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Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 5:19 pm

American financial media heavyweights TheWall Street Journal and Bloomberg were both claiming to have landed the scoop about Microsoft's $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard.

They both published within minutes of each other but because little old Betaville was lunching with a friendly flack it was hard to tell which media outfit published the scoop first...

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Unilever bids £50 billion for GlaxoSmithKline's consumer arm, reveals The Sunday Times - Part 2

Monday, 17 January 2022, 9:57 pm

Well, it looks like Ian "Kingy" King is first out of the traps to highlight something little old Betaville had been ruminating on with an old City contact over a few glasses down the pub this evening.

In a piece today King, a former City editor of The Times and now business presenter at Sky News, argues Unilever may have accidently put itself in play after attempting to buy GlaxoSmithKline's consumer division for £50 billion. Below is the link:..

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Bears paw Aston Martin Lagonda...

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 2:47 pm

Betaville hears some savvy stockmarket bears have started pawing away at Aston Martin Lagonda, the London-listed luxury carmaker led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.

Quite why these bearish types have recently been targeting Aston Martin Lagonda remains to be seen but Betaville notes that the company last week unveiled poor figures (also known as a profit warning) that also demonstrated the company's year end cash position was £420 million...

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English (and Co) on fire, again ... - Part 8

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 7:19 pm

Loyal readers will be aware that this website has been following the THG Holding situation closely but I noticed today that one of Betaville's favourite City commentator's came up with a on excellent column about the company also known as The Hut Group.

Yes, that's Simon English of the Evening Standard, who writes in today's paper about the THG's battle with the short sellers and what Matt Moulding, The Hut Group's controversial founder, needs to do to prove them wrong...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Zynga said to ... - Part 4

Monday, 10 January 2022, 12:30 pm

Sometimes the deal rumours Betaville Intelligence reveals take a few days to get confirmed; and sometime they take a few weeks.

With Zynga, though, it was more like a few months!

Today it emerges Take-Two Interactive - which lost out to EA in the takeover tussle for late UK-listed Codemasters in 2020 - is paying $12.7 billion for rival games developer Zynga...

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