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UNCOOKED ALERT: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A said to ... - Part 4

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 7:33 am

It would appear arch rivals over at Bloomberg have finally decided to follow up little old Betaville's UNCOOKED alerts about Spanish wind turbine company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA.

According to Bloomie, Siemens Energy - which is the largest shareholder in Siemens Gamesa - is preparing to make an all-cash offer in the next week with a view to delisting the firm. Below is a link to the Bloomie piece:..


KKR splashes out £1.6 billion on ContourGlobal

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 9:19 am

It would appear the buy-out the buccaneers at KKR have got their bit between the teeth for European renewable energy companies.

Today, KKR has agreed a take private for London-listed CounterGlobal, the owner and operator of contracted power generation plants, for 263.3p a share or around £1.6 billion.

That deal comes soon after KKR's $1.7 billion purchase of Albioma, a France-listed solar and biomass producer...


Etisalat buys 10pc stake in Vodafone...

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 12:02 pm

There is some big stakebuilding news breaking this morning.

Etisalat, the United Arab Emirates-based telecoms operator, has just revealed it has bought a near 10pc stake in FTSE 100-listed giant Vodafone for $4.4 billion.

The swoop makes Etisalat Vodafone's largest shareholder but the company says it won't make a bid for the company (usual caveats apply one assumes)...


The private equity firm, the two City spinners and the blockbuster float

Friday, 13 May 2022, 7:04 am

How many flaks do you need to work on a mutli-billion dollar listing?

Well, typically only one but for some reason CVC Capital Partners, Britain's biggest buy-out house, has lined up corporate spinners Tulchan alongside Teneo to work on its bumper float, according to well-placed snouts.

Quite why CVC feels the need to pay Tulchan, which is run by former Conservative party chairman Andrew Feldman, hundreds of thouands of pounds to work on the listing is a bit of a mystery...


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

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 5:16 pm

The Bloomberg follow ups appear to be arriving on a daily, if not hourly, basis at the moment.

Now, Betaville's arch rivals have published a fresh follow up to little old Betaville's intelligence alert about Ontex (https://www.betaville.co.uk/betaville-intelligence/uncooked-alert-ontex-said-to-part-3/) earlier this year...


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

Monday, 9 May 2022, 2:43 pm

It's been a short while since the London market has seen a sizeable firm bid for a London-listed company from a private equity house.

So, it was good to wake up to the board of Ideagen, the software compliance firm, reccomending a 350p a share cash offer from HG - and rival private equity outfit Astorg is being given the chance to carry out due dligence to come up with a rival bid...


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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:..


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