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UNCOOKED ALERT: Temenos said to ... - Part 6

Monday, 24 October 2022, 9:24 am

Dealreporter, another Betaville rival, published a story about Swiss banking software company Temenos on Friday, suggesting the company had hired Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to sound out private equity buyers.

Mmmmm ... that tale sounds eerily similar to the one little old Betaville published a couple of months ago. Below is the link to that UNCOOKED Alert:..


Elon Musk may launch Twitter bid, claim reports - Part 5

Friday, 21 October 2022, 11:59 am

Has the maverick Musk finally found a way out of following through with his $44 billion Twitter Inc takeover?

Well, Twitter shares fell almost 16pc overnight after Bloomberg revealed that the officials in the Biden administration are discussing whether Elon Musk's businesses should be subject to national security reviews, including even a possible CFIUS review of his Twitter takeover. Below is the link:..


The American private equity tycoon, the hostile takeover approach and the Pac-Man defence... - Part 2

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 11:27 am

Another interesting tweet from Orlando Bravo, the American private equity tycoon behind the firm Thoma Bravo.

"Bankers who only know how to sell companies through auctions and “competitive tension” will get nowhere in this market. While bankers who know how to work with the right buyer to get to the right price will end up delivering a lot of value to their clients." ..


Deals, Deals, Deals ... in a bear market - Part 30

Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 5:30 pm

The bear market rolls on but the takeover deals keep on coming.

Yesterday, for example, FTSE 100 oil giant BP announced it is buying US-listed biogas company Archaea Energy for $4.1 billion as it looks to diversify more into the green energy space.

Now, I realise many readers will have noticed this deal during yesterday's session but just in case it passed you by I have pasted the link below:..


Bob Diamond's Panmure Gordon approaches FinncCap about merger, reveals Sky News

Monday, 17 October 2022, 8:12 pm

Panmure Gordon, the City stockbroker backed by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, has approached rival FinnCap about merger, according to Mark, the "Kleinmanator", Kleinman of Sky News.

It's cracking scoop from Kleiny which is also likely to send shockwaves among the rest of the London-based mid and small cap brokers, such as Peel Hunt, Numis and WH Ireland, who are all likely looking over their shoulders, too. ..


Kroger Co in talks to buy Albertsons, reveals Bloomberg

Thursday, 13 October 2022, 3:00 pm

Two of America's largest grocers are in talks about a multi-billion dollar merger.

Well, that's according to rivals at Bloomberg, who have just broken a huge story about Kroger holding merger talks with Albertsons.

The move could create $45 billion grocery giant across the USA.

Shares in Alberstons have just been halted. Developing.....


Deals, Deals, Deals ... in a bear market - Part 28

Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 6:55 pm

Another day, another US technology company take private.

This time it's Thoma Bravo's arch rival - Vista Equity Partners, led by the controversial billionaire financier Robert Smith - that is buying one of America's listed technology groups.

Vista is buying KnowBe4, Inc, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform for $24.90 in cash or $4.6 billion. Below is the link the to the press release:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Qiagen said to ... - Part 5

Monday, 10 October 2022, 7:20 pm

Hacks at the Wall Street Journal have landed a cracking new line on the Qiagen takeover story that has been rumbling around European markets for the last two years.

According to the WSJ, US-listed medical diagnostics group Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc is in merger talks with Qiagen, which had previously been in negotiations France's BioMerieux about a combination.

Below is the link to the WSJ story:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Temenos said to ... - Part 5

Friday, 7 October 2022, 8:57 am

Arch rivals at Bloomberg dug out a decent scoop this morning about an activist fund taking a stake in Temenos, the Switzerland-listed banking software company.

According to Bloomberg, Petrus has bought a shareholding of less than 3pc in Temenos and written a scathing letter to the company's chairman, Andreas Andreades, questioning his and his chief executive's ability to turn the company around and arrest the share price decline. Below is the link:..


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