The Pink 'Un has just published a rather good tale about BT Group starting talks about a sale of Openreach as part of a deal that would value the business at up to £22 billion...
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There will be plenty of small cap punters watching Tiziana Life Sciences this morning after it released details of a new study on StemPrintER, its stem cell biology-based genomic tool for the prediction of disease recurrence in breast cancer patients, at the ASCO conference last night.
Below is a link to an interview with Tiziana's chief executive Gabriele Cerrone, who has been working on the test over the last seven years...
There are couple of new additions to the cash call list Betaville has been running over the last few weeks. They are: equipment rental company Ashtead and Stagecoach, the bus and rail operator. Below is the updated list:
1. International Consolidated Airlines Group
2. InterContinental Hotels Group
4. Mitchells & Butlers
7. Provident Financial
8. Travis Perkins..
An investor that specialises in activism and private equity is rumoured to have built up a secret shareholding in Aim-listed Urban Exposure, the controversial residential development finance company at the centre of a takeover tussle for its loan book.
Christopher Mills - who runs Harwood Capital Management Group and the North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust - is thought to have bought a substantial stake Urban Exposure, said people following the situation...
Intrepid hack Tom "Tommy" Teodorczuk has discovered Crispin Odey's flagship fund is down 9.5pc in April following the stockmarket rally over the month. Below is a link to Tom's piece in Financial News:
Syed Shah got a big fright the other day - a $9 million fright to be exact.
When US oil prices crashed last month Shah bought a bunch of futures contracts at what he thought was one cent a barrel, hoping to pick the bottom of the rout.
However, little did he know that at the time he was buying through his $77,000 account at one cents the real price of oil was actually minus $3.70 a barrel...
Hyve Group, the London-listed events and exhibitions company, has finally launched its heavily discounted £120 million rights issue, confirming Betaville's from scoop several weeks ago.
Below is the link to the Hyve Group statement:..
Just when you thought things couldn't get weirder at Wirecard: along comes Deka.
The German investor, which owns a 1.6pc, shareholding in the controversial payments company is calling for the removal of Markus Braun, chief executive. Below is a link to Deka's quotes:
Another day, another equity placing in the London market. This time it's FTSE 250-listed National Express, which has just announced an accelerated bookbuild to raise up 20pc (around £240 million) of its market capitalisation.
Embattled Lloyd's of London insurer Hiscox also announced the results of its equity fundraising, tapping shareholders for £375 million...
Citigroup is today telling clients easyJet will have to launch a major cash call to raise between £700 million and a £1 billion.
Mark Manduca - airlines analyst at Citigroup, and son of City grandee and Prudential chairman Paul Manduca - reckons there is now a "high" probability the budget airline will have to carry out a rights issue in the coming weeks or months...
Vin Murria has just announced she and her family own a sizeable shareholding in M&C Saatchi, the advertising agency that has been beset by accountancy issues since last year.
According to this morning's statement, Indian-born Murria - who made millions when Advanced Computer Software Group was sold to Vista Equity Partners in 2015 - now has a 13.25pc shareholding in M&C Saatchi, which was founded by adworld celebrities Maurice and Charles Saatchi. Below is the link:..
City wags reckon Kingfisher is working with bankers at Credit Suisse on "liquidity options".
What that means exactly remains unclear but one can presume it would involve the owner of B&Q, Screwfix and Castorama raising cash in some shape or form...
Does anybody else think the juxtoposition of Sir Chris Hohn taking a short position in Wirecard and his very public call for the removal of the German company's chief executive a bit odd?
You could understand why the German company's surpervisory board might acquiesce to The Childrens' Investment Fund if the firm had pursued its usual method of buying a sizeable stake in the company...
Hat tip to Phil Aldrick to landing another cracking economics scoop in The Times business section today about how a Gilt auction almost failed during the March stockmarket sell off. Below is the link:
Quelle surprise: Tim Martin's JD Wetherspoon is issuing new stock to raise £141 million ahead of a move to reopen the pub business. Below is the link:
I have had a few enquiries about whether Tiziana's new new combinational therapy was the one announced just a few hours after the publication of Betaville's piece on Monday.
People familiar with the matter have confirmed the announcement on Monday lunchtime is the new combinational therapy referred to in my piece on Monday. I have pasted the link to the company announcement below:..
There is talk circulating the London market that one of Britain's biggest companies is set to launch a large cash call.
Reliable people familiar with the matter said the mystery company, thought to be in the FTSE 100 index, said the equity capital fundraising could be imminent.
However, it's not clear which blue chip company is going to kick off the rights issue or placing. If you think you have an idea, do get in touch via the usual channels, such as email@example.com...
Sir Stelios is WILLING to back a cash call at easyJet IF the airline cancels the £4.5 billion Airbus order, and throws out its chairman and chief executive.
I just needed to clear that point up following last week's Betaville piece, which suggested Sir Stelios might not be happy about a potential equity capital raising at easyJet...
Investors in funds run by Lansdowne Partners can sleep a little easier.
A corporate communicator for the hedgie got in touch with little old Betaville to claim the The Sunday Telegraph's line about Lansdowne's interest in buying Virgin Atlantic is "wrong".
Mmmmmmmm...I have pasted the statetment from the Lansdowne lackey below so dear reader you can make your own mind up...
Betaville is expecting another update from Tiziana Life Sciences in the next couple of days about its product for the fight against Covid-19
People following the situation said Tiziana is due to unveil a new combinational therapy to treat Covid-19 using a well-known FDA approved drug.
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