A cheeky website about deals, dealmakers and anything else I find interesting. Edited by Ben Harrington. If you have a tip or want to discuss a story please feel free to email Betaville at ben@betaville.co.uk.

Sunday review

Sunday, 7 May 2017, 9:18 pm

There weren't too many M&A scoops in the business sections this weekend but having worked for The Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday and The Sunday Telegraph I know how some weeks it can be extremely tough digging out humdinger deal jackanories. They are a bit like buses - you wait for ages and then suddenly three come along in one go...


Pembridge Resources poised to kick off fundraising roadshow with "speed dating" at the Mint Leaf - sources

Monday, 1 May 2017, 2:25 pm

Pembridge Resources, the AIM-listed company formerly known as China Africa Resources, is expected to launch its fundraising roadshaw tomorrow.

And little old Betaville understands David Linsley, the company's newish chief executive, has introduced a rather novel format for the roadshow...


Sunday review

Sunday, 30 April 2017, 7:05 pm

There were a couple of pieces that caught my eye in today's Sunday newspaper business sections.

Most intriguing was a comment piece written by Iain Dey, business editor of The Sunday Times, about how Exxon Mobil might rekindle its interest in FTSE 100-listed oil giant BP. Regular Betaville readers will know this is a topic little old Betaville has broached in the past. Anyway, if you missed Iain's excellent column I have pasted the link below:..


Back on Tip TV talking about Tullow Oil, TT Electronics and Wix - part 2

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 1:09 pm

Bryce Elder - the financial hack who broke the story Kraft Heinz's £130 billion bid for Unilever - over at the Financial Times was talking about Wix today as a takeover target for Cisco on Markets Live this morning.

Well, I would just like to point out that little old Betaville brought up Wix as a potential takeover target a couple of weeks ago on Tip TV. In case you missed it, here is a link:..


Betaville Intelligence

AdvancePierre Foods said to... - the end

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 3:15 pm

I see US-based Sandwich maker AdvancePierre Foods and Tyson Foods have just announced a deal that will the latter buy the former for $4.2 billion.

News of the deal won't come as a surprise to subscribers of the Betaville Intelligence platform as last week's RARE story on AdvancePierre Foods highlighted how the company is likely to be involved in an imminent M&A transaction.

In case you missed it, here is a link to the Betaville Intelligence platform:..


Pro-European City types cook up new British advocacy group / political party - part 5

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 9:48 am

Splashed across the front page of today's The Guardian is a story about how Open Britain - the advocacy group chaired by PR supremo Roland Rudd and backed by Tory MP Anna Soubry - is urging pro-remain voters in 20 seats held by prominent Brexit-supporting MPs to oust their incumbent but vulnerable representatives in parliament. Here is the link:..


Sunday review - GlobalData, Sky and, er, Scott's

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 8:30 pm

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple of days I have been rather busy doing some freelance work for my chums at The Sunday Times.

Indeed, diligent followers of my work might have noticed I had a few jackanories in today's business section, including one on financial news giant the Mergermarket Group, publisher of Debtwire and Dealreporter...


Chinese circle Fingerprint Cards - part 4

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 7:26 pm

Ping! A friendly stockbroker emails over a (translated) quote in Direkt magazine from Johan Carlstrom, the founder and main shareholder of Fingerprint Cards, the biometric technology company.

Apparently, Carlstrom told Direckt that: "There has never been a serious, fully financed bid on the company. However, on a few occasions I have received requests to sell my A and B shares. So far, I have chosen not to do that." Here is the link to the piece:..


Pro-European City types cook up new British advocacy group / political party - part 4

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:13 pm

Whether you work in UK financial markets or not clearly the biggest news event of the day was Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.

What I'm wondering, though, is whether this bunch of centre ground, pro-European politicians, businessmen and City types - led by PR supremo Roland Rudd, founder of Finsbury - will break cover before the general election with their new political party or wait until Labour is decimated on June 8?..


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