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 - 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?..


The BBC Economics Editor, Radio 4 and, er, table tennis

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 8:24 pm

Driving home from the gym this evening I was pleased to hear former colleague and boss Kamal Ahmed, ex City editor of The Sunday Telegraph and now BBC Economics Editor, come on Radio 4's news programme.

However, the aural experience was disturbed by the fact that interviewer insisted Kamal deliver his interpretation of the today's Office of National Statistics figures whilst playing table tennis. Yes, you read it correctly - whilst playing table tennis...


Stada said to be working with Goldman Sachs on "strategic options"; predators circle - sources - the end?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 2:28 pm

Now that the bid battle for Stada appears to be done and dusted (you never know, though, there could be a final twist) little old Betaville would like to remind readers of the piece I published in early December about how the German pharmaceutical company was working with bankers on "strategic options" after receiving informal expressions of interest. Below is the link to the piece:..


Revealed: the Mergermarket Group poised to buy TIM Group from Bank of America Merrill Lynch for £30 million - sources

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 10:48 am

The Mergermarket Group is in advanced discussions to buy financial technology company TIM Group from its founders and investors, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Well-placed sources said the Mergermarket Group, which is being advised Deloitte, has effectively agreed a deal with TIM Group's founders, Colin Berthoud and Richard Koppel, to purchase TIM Group for around £30 million...


China Africa Resources to scotch reverse takeover speculation by launch as an investment company - sources - part 2

Friday, 7 April 2017, 1:58 pm

Oh look: China Africa Resources - now called Pembridge Resources - has effectively confirmed yesterday's jackanory. Click on the link below for all the detail about the move to become an investment company.



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Centaur Media said to be in talks with about a sale of Homebuilding and Renovation division to private equity firms - sources - part 3

Friday, 7 April 2017, 9:56 am

Here are a couple of interesting nuggets on the Centaur Media story I broke a few weeks ago.

Good sources have told little old Betaville that Centaur's Homebuilding and Renovation division might be worth substantially more than I previously reported. People involved in the sale process believe Home Interest is likely to be sold for around £30 million, which is about half of Centaur Media's current market capitalisation...


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Cinven said to be carrying out beauty parade for potential £2 billion sale of CPA Global - sources - part 2

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:44 am

"People close to the situation" have reached out to little old Betaville with some more information on CPA Global, the £2 billion patent management company I wrote about last week and also in last weekend's The Sunday Times.

According to these "people", Cinven is in the "early stage" of studying "options" for CPA, which is expected to generate around £150 million in operating profits (or EBITDA if your a banker) in 2016/2017...


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