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FT reveals Aberdeen Asset Management on the block - part 2

Monday, 26 October 2015, 2:59 am

mmmm - just had an interesting conversation with a "person familiar with the matter" who claims Aberdeen is "not in talks with anyone" about a sale to a rival.

That's bit of a non-denial, off-the-record denial (so not much of a denial, I guess) but the person also insists Aberdeen hasn't approached any rivals about a sale of the business.

So, I'm not quite sure what to make of the FT's scoop...


"flawed rugby tactic"

Saturday, 24 October 2015, 1:23 am

Simon English's business commentary column in The Times had me in stitches this morning, particularly the final item about "flawed rugby tactic".

English, deputy city editor of The Times, is almost as witty, acerbic and incisive as his colleague Alistair Osborne, a former boss of mine during my time at The Daily Telegraph, and currently chief business commentator of The Times.



Chinese whispers

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 10:34 am

So, I have done some digging into Kleinman's tale from last week about China Media Capital backing  Stephen Ross's takeover of Formula One. If you missed that story, here it is:..


First Vinci, then Hochtief - what next for the Qataris?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 11:43 pm

So, the Qataris have raised almost a EURO 1 billion in the last week by selling stakes in European construction companies Vinci and Hochtief.

This begs the question: why is the sovereign wealth fund selling given it has been a buyer of European assets in recent years?

The Times reported last week that the Qatar Investment Authority is looking to shift its focus away from Europe to the US. Here is a link to that piece:..


Krafty 3G / Coincidence? - part 2

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 9:41 am

I'm a little surprised SAB Miller rolled over and accepted a £44.00 a share takeover from Anheuser-Busch Inbev.

I thought the FTSE 100 beer company would hold out for between £45.00 to £50.00 a share.....


Woodford said to be increasing his stake in Allied Minds; squeaky bum time for short sellers? - part 2

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 1:23 am

I'm glad to see that little old Betaville's story from last Friday about Neil Woodford increasing his stake in Allied Minds has been confirmed on the regulatory news service this afternoon.

Indeed, it would appear Woodford Investment Management, Woodford's new firm, has taken its stake in FTSE 250-listed Allied Minds from 23pc to just over 27pc.

So, here is a link to today's statement from Allied Minds about the stake building:..


Krafty 3G / Coincidence?

Friday, 9 October 2015, 12:46 am

Anheuser-Busch Inbev's latest press release made me chuckle.

Why? Well, back in February when I wrote in the Mail on Sunday that 3G and ABI were looking at SAB Miller I was told the boys from Brazil were weighing making an approach pitched at £45.00 a share but had the firepower to go all the way up to £50.00 a share. And back then SAB Miller's shares were trading around the £36.00 level. Here is a link to that piece:



Another brilliant Alex Masterley cartoon...

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 7:29 pm

The Daily Telegraph's Alex cartoon made me laugh this morning. It's also spot on (as in factually accurate).

I can't quite find the link to today's section but if you have a spare moment during lunch, it's well worth reading...


Another Betaville scoop confirmed!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 9:55 am

I realise the "big" news this morning is the decision by Anheuser-Busch Inbev to announce its £42.15 a share/£68 billion offer for SAB Miller to the London market.

But I would just like to point out that another one of little old Betaville's scoopettes has finally been been confirmed - only it slipped under the radar as I never received the formal press release (not sure why, perhaps LDC's PR advisers don't like me very much).



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