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The strange goings-on with Thomas Cook's debt...- Part 3

Friday, 12 July 2019, 6:56 am

No wonder credit default swaps on Thomas Cook's bonds (effectively the cost of bond insurance) were blowing out earlier this week.

Overnight, the details of some funky debt-for-equity swap deal emerged via the Kleimmanator of Sky News (to be fair, it was a good scoop) with Fosun, the Chinese conglomerate that is already Thomas Cook's largest shareholders. Below is the link:..

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RARE ALERT: Morses Club said to ...

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 4:47 pm

Another day, another Woodford exit from the stock market.

People claiming to be familiar with the matter have told Betaville Neil Woodford is close to dumping his 10pc stake in Morses Club, another one of the fund manager's lender investments, at around 130p a share.

Woodford Investment Management also owns big shareholdings in Provident Financial and Non-Standard Finance, which earlier this year were involved in a hostile takeover...

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

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 4:43 pm

It has been brought to my attention that the Spanish financial website Intereconomia is reporting that Proctor & Gamble has hired Goldman Sachs to launch a takeover bid for Ontex, the Belgian diaper maker, and linking this bid story to Betaville.

This is a complete misrepresentation of what I wrote several weeks ago in an UNCOOKED ALERT...

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Tags: Ontex

The strange goings-on with Thomas Cook's debt...- Part 2

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 2:14 pm

Thomas Cook's debt is coming back into focus as a few punters have noticed credit default swaps for some of the company's bonds are blowing out a tad.

According to Bloomberg data, the CDS - the cost of insurance for a bond - for one Thomas Cook note has leapt by 12000 basis points or around 120pc while the security flirts with an all time low of 34 cents (its denominated in EUROS)...

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Sunday review - ITV

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 11:00 pm

Oliver Shah's business comment piece in this weekend's The Sunday Times contains an interesting snippet for ITV watchers: an activist investor is rumoured to be studying the possibility of buying a stake in the broadcaster.

The piece goes on to speculate about how the company could look at splitting itself in two or a combination with a rival, such as Germany's ProSieben. Below is a link:..

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Flutter followers all aflutter about, er, short covering...

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 9:07 am

Today's serious newspapers - the venerable Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Times - pin Flutter's 20pc share price gain during yesterday's session to various bid rumour theories.

US stakebuilding, private equity or a takeover offer from various competitors were tipped as reasons for the share price surge in the company formerly known as Paddy Power Betfair...

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Two Shields...

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 9:14 pm

Have you ever come across penny share Two Shield Investments?

I have to admit I hadn't until a loyal reader pointed out it might be worth taking a closer look at the company.

The shares were up almost 20pc today - although it's not clear why.

Anyway, there do seem to be an interesting bunch of characters coming onto the shareholder register, such as Matthew Hammond, the CFO of Mail.RU, a Russian internet company...

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More M&A on the way in Britain post Brexit deal, top fund manager tells the Telegraph

Saturday, 29 June 2019, 9:16 am

Tucked away in the back of the business section of my old employer - The Daily Telegraph - are some rather interesting comments from Gervais Williams, the respected fund manager, about the prospect of a pick up in dealmaking.

Williams, who runs the Diverse Income invesmtent trust - told Richard Evans, a rather nice former ex-colleague who writes the Questor column- that London-listed companies are at "unusually attractive valuations"...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Ontex said to ...

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 8:45 am

Ontex, the Belgian diaper maker, is rumoured to be back "in play".

People claiming to be familiar with the matter said the company is at the centre of speculation about a potential takeover.

However, it's not clear which company is interested in buying Ontex, said these people claiming to be familiar with the matter.

Last year, Ontex received a takeover approach from French private equity firm PAI Partners...

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Tigers on the block

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 8:19 am

Hat tip to Dom Walsh of The Times business section.

Last night he landed a cracking tale about Leicester FC being put up for sale by its owners. Betaville was particularly interested by this scoop about the rugby club as I'm an avid Rugby Union fan. Below is a link to Dom's piece...

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