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UNCOOKED ALERT: DXC Technology said to ... - Part 5

Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 7:12 pm

US-listed IT services company DXC Technology has finally confirmed what little old Betaville has been banging on about during September - that the company is "in play".

In case you don't recall, little old Betaville was the FIRST media outfit to reveal DXC was/is back at the centre of a renewed round of takeover speculation at the beginning of last month. Below is the link and the follow ups suggesting one of the private equity firms circling the company is KKR:..


Livingstone Brothers buy multi-million pound Whitbread stake ...

Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 5:27 pm

It's been a while since the London market has seen an good old fashioned stakebuilding in a FTSE 100-listed company by wily entrepreneurs.

So Betaville perked up when chums got in touch to point out that L&R Ventures, a vehicle controlled by canny billionaire property tycoons Ian and Richard Livingstone had built a 3.5pc stake in Whitbread, the owner of budget hotel company Premier Inn...


HSBC hires JP Morgan to sell Canadian unit for £6 billion, reveals Sky News

Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 10:25 am

Mark "the Kleinmanator" Kleinman of Sky News is on a bit of a roll.

Yesterday, he smoked out a confirmation following his scoop about Vodafone's talks to merge with rival 3 in the UK and just now he has published a story about HSBC working with advisers from JP Morgan to find a buyer for its Canadian division.

Below is a link to this morning's story in case you missed it:..


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RARE ALERT: Atos said to ... - Part 13

Friday, 30 September 2022, 11:19 am

It only took six months but Atos, the ailing France-listed IT services company, has finally confirmed it has received a takeover offer for its cybersecurity division.

Yesterday, the company said Onepoint, a French technology company, and FTSE 100-listed private equity outfit ICG had teamed up together to offer €4.2 billion for its “Evidian” unit.

Yes, you read that correctly - €4.2 billion...


Bears maul TrueCaller

Wednesday, 28 September 2022, 10:36 am

Stockmarket bears have picked a good day to maul TrueCaller, Sweden-listed smartphone application and spyware firm.

Bearish rumours about TrueCaller have been circulating for a few weeks but the now the cat appears to be out of the proverbial bag.

If you want the whole story go visit Viceroy Research, the short selling research outfit. Below is the link:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: KKR & Co said to ... - Part 4

Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 3:12 pm

One of America's largest private equity houses is rumoured to be interested in buying DXC Technology, the US-listed IT services group.

Last week, Bloomberg reported that DXC had been approached by at least one private equity firm.

People following the situation had heard talk KKR & Co is one of the buy-out houses that is looking at DXC.

However, it's not clear whether DXC is open to a deal with a private equity house...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Stantec Inc said to ... - Part 2

Monday, 26 September 2022, 7:54 am

So, London-listed environmental consultancy RPS Group has caught a counter bid - although not from who little old Betaville was initially expecting (see UNCOOKED ALERT: Stantec Inc ... https://betaville.co.uk/betaville-intelligence/d427eiji/).

Late on Friday California-based Tetra Tech struck a deal with RPS's board to buy the company for 222p a share. Below is a link to this morning's press release:..


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UNCOOKED ALERT: Vodafone said to ... - Part 7

Thursday, 22 September 2022, 9:08 am

Ben Marlow of The Daily Telegraph, little old Betaville's former employer, has written a lengthy opinion piece on Vodafone.

Let me sum it up for you: if Vodafone doesn't do something quickly to arrest its flagging share price (down almost 50pc over the last five years) it could well easily become a takeover target for one of the "wealthy American telecom giants"...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: DXC Technology said to ... - Part 4

Wednesday, 21 September 2022, 6:55 pm

Arch rivals at the financial media behemoth Bloomberg have finally jumped onto the story about a deal cooking at DXC Technology, the US listed technology company.

According to hacks at Bloomie, "DXC Technology has been approached by at least one private equity firm" and the company is now talking to investment bankers with a view to appointing one to deal with the inbound bid interest...


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UNCOOKED ALERT: GB Group said to ... - Part 4

Tuesday, 20 September 2022, 10:14 am

GB Group's shares have perked up almost 4pc this morning.

If you are wondering why then look no further than an article published in the Mail on Sunday over the weekend.

Intrepid hackettes Amy-Jo Crowley and Francesca Washtell revealed that several private equtiy firms are circling GB Group, the London-listed indentity intelligence company, after little old Betaville's orginal UNCOOKED Alert...


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