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.

ETX Capital owners said to hold talks with potential new owners for the spreadbetting firm - sources

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 4:51 pm

Here is a tale about a company many of little old Betaville's loyal readers are likely to be familiar with - punters' favourite ETX Capital.

Investment group JRJ Group, the ultimate owner of ETX Capital, has been holding secret talks with potential acquirers of the contracts for difference (CFD) broker and spreadbetting firm...

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Krafty 3G - the series returns

Monday, 17 July 2017, 10:02 am

Hot deal scoops are thin on the ground at this time of the year but the hard working Daniel Dunkley over the at The Sunday Times still managed to dig one or two out.

Indeed, the one that caught little old Betaville's eye was Dan's piece about Unilever's interest in the Reckitt Benkiser mustard/sauce auction. Here is the link: ..

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Carillion said to ... - part 2

Friday, 14 July 2017, 12:24 pm

Little old Betaville has been watching Carillion's woes with great interest.

Indeed, subsribers to Betaville Intelligence wouldn't have been too surprised to learn the construction company is looking at "strategic options" following its shock profit warning on Monday...

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Zak Mir - on a hat trick...-part 2

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 6:11 pm

I see my former Tip TV host Zak Mir, now co-founder of Wall Street Wires, has been trotting out some of the old bid tales that have been knocking about the London market for the last year or so.

This morning's morsel from Monsieur Mir was a rekindling of the Mediclinic for Spire Healthcare takeover story that was first aired on little Betaville some nine months ago. Here is the link: ..

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Punting on Genel..

Monday, 10 July 2017, 3:35 pm

What's Hassan Gozal up to with Genel Energy?

Gozal, a contruction tycoon with ties to Turkey, Kurdistan and Azerbaijan, has been quietly building a stake in Genel Energy, the controversial oil company via his investment vehicle Daax Corp and now owns around 15pc of the London-listed business...

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RARE ALERT: WebMD said to ...

Friday, 7 July 2017, 8:30 pm

The auction for WebMD, the US financial health publisher, is said to be entering the final stages and a deal may be announced soon.

Sources claiming to be familiar with the matter said the preferred bidder for the business could be made public in the next few weeks.

Dealreporter previously reported in March that WebMD had hired bankers from JP Morgan to run a strategic review, with the company seeking an offer 20pc higher than its valuation...

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RARE ALERT: Gatwick gusher investor said to be carrying out £500,000 fundraising

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:33 pm

Here is an interesting snippet about a listed tiddler that has an investment in Horse Hill, the oil exploration site just a few miles away from Gatwick Airport just outside London.

Little old Betaville has been told by savvy types that Primorus Investments, which has a 10pc stake in Horse Hill alongside UK Oil and Gas, has been tapping up investors for an extra £500,000.

Apparently, the equity fundraising is almost done and priced at around 0.15 a share...

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RARE ALERT: Aveva said to ... part 2

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 6:21 am

The mystery company circling Aveva is said to be weighing a deal that could value the London-listed business at as much as £24.50 a share.

Several different sources claiming to be familiar with the matter have heard the potential offeror for Aveva, the software engineering company, is looking at pitching an indicative approach at precisely £24.50 a share...

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Zak Mir - on a hat trick...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 8:08 pm

Take a huge bow Zak Mir.

The erudite Mir, now editor and co-founder of financial website Wall Street Wires, has just landed two gigantic M&A scoops in the space of 48 (trading) hours.

Last Friday morning Zak broke the rumour of a potential bid interest in Danish payment company Nets, which was subsequently confirmed by the company on Saturday evening. ..

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Dreaming of a van hire bid...

Friday, 30 June 2017, 5:56 pm

I see wily Richard Bernstein was in the market this week talking up the prospects of a bid for van hire company Northgate, in which his Crystal Amber fund owns just over 4pc.

In a Bloomberg interview Bernstein is reported to have said he has won support for a sale of Northgate from shareholders owning 20pc of the company...

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The football club, the hedgie and the squeaky bum

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 7:37 pm

Which aggressive hedge fund is currently rather worried about its loans to a top flight European football club that has just seen its chairman's investment vehicle come under intense scrutiny from a national banking regulator?

If you think you have an idea do email ben@betaville.co.uk...

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Pembridge Resources, the AIM market and a standard listing - part 2

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:48 am

Pembridge Resources is pressing ahead with its standard listing move and little old Betaville understands the bookbuilding process has already started.

That's bad news for AIM, which has seen the number of companies listed on the junior market decline over the last decade. According to the London Stock Exchange's website there were 1694 companies listed on AIM in 2007 and that has fallen almost every year since then. ..

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