BSIC Spring Recruitment 2014

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Facebook buys cheap in the next big thing. Google’s warned.

Facebook Inc. Market Cap (28/03/2014): $153.01bn One month ago one social-media user reported on Reddit that he had just seen Mark Zuckerberg on the elevators of a building at 19800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvin (CA), getting off at Oculus VR’s floor. Was the 30 years old billionaire just dropping by, or was he planning Facebook’s second […]

Candy Crushed: King Digital Entertainment pursues public listing

King Digital Entertainment plc. Market Cap (as of 28/03/14): $5.82bn On March 26th, 2014 the London-based King Digital Entertainment, a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world known mostly for its popular smart-phone game Candy Crush Saga, listed 22.2 million of ordinary shares on NYSE under the symbol “KING”. The stock commenced trading at […]

Babcock to buy Avincis for £920 million

Babcock International plc. Market Cap (as of 28/03/14): £4.61bn Avincis Group Market Cap (as of 28/03/14): N/A On March 27, 2014 Babcock International, leading engineering support services, announced its acquisition of 100% of Avincis Group shares, a worldwide aerial services provider, for £920mm (about €1.1bn), funded through a £1.1bn rights issue. Babcock Int’l is the […]

Shadow Banking in China: wounds are yet to come

The Emerging Markets sell-off of late January highlighted the importance of the Chinese economy in the global markets and the instability of its financial sector. China has pulled global growth in the last decade, attracting investments, exporting goods all over the world and financing businesses and governments, especially the US. Therefore, it is straightforward to […]


[edmc id=1641][/edmc] US This week has been full of economic data. The most relevant are the following: – Final GDP growth for 4th 2013 quarter q/q is 2,6%, still mainly driven by inventories. – Flash manufacturing PMI is at 55.5, a bit lower than expectations. However, this suggests a manufacturing production expansion over the next […]


[edmc id=1589] [/edmc] US Another volatile week for the markets and for the U.S. ended on Friday amid concerns over Russia. As was expected, Crimea voted for annexation to Russia on Sunday 16th and this led to further sanctions to a group of Russian wealthy individuals that rattled Russia’s economy on Friday. Equity benchmarks in […]

Tyres will drift again

Pirelli has been under the spotlight since the beginning of the past week. The company, which is among the main players in the global tyre industry and leader in the high-end segment of the sector, has been characterised by a reorganisation of the shareholders structure. Rosneft, the biggest oil producer of Russia, has become the […]

Vodafone acquires Ono in a €7.2bn deal to strengthen its quad-play capabilities

Vodafone Group Plc. Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): £59.96bn Ono Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): N/A After having submitted several non-binding offers under €7bn, world’s second-largest wireless carrier Vodafone Group Plc. has confirmed the acquisition of Ono, a private-equity owned Spanish cable TV and internet provider, in a transaction worth €7.2bn of both cash (55%) […]

The rise of trading houses. Mercuria buys J.P. Morgan Commodities Unit

Mercuria Energy Group Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): N/A J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Market Cap (as of 21/03/14): $225.98bn On the 19th of March, J.P. Morgan announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its physical commodities business to Mercuria, the fourth-largest independent commodity trader. Mercuria beats offers from Blackstone Group and Macquarie […]

Hertz unbundles value through its Equipment Rental business spin-off

Hertz Global Holding Inc. Market Cap (as of 21/03/2014): $12.04bn On March 18th, 2014 Hertz, global player in the car rental sector, announced the spin-off and successive IPO of its equipment rental business (HERC henceforth), which will allow Hertz to collect about $2.5bn. The announcement was released after months of rumors as the US rental […]

Consolidation on the Shelf: Energy XXI acquires EPL Oil & Gas

Energy XXI Bermuda Ltd: Mkt Cap $1.55bn (as of 14/03/14) EPL Oil & Gas Inc.: Mkt Cap $1.49bn (as of 14/03/14) With the goal of becoming the largest publicly traded independent pure-play oil producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf, Energy XXI is to acquire EPL Oil & Gas in a $2.3bn deal, including the […]

The Oracle of Omaha’s tax-free acquisition of Miami TV Station WPLG

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. A Class Shares Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $305.93bn B Class Shares Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $269.60bn Graham Holdings Co. Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $5.28bn Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire Miami TV Station WPLG and $400m of its own shares from Graham Holdings Co. in exchange for 1.6m Graham […]

AMCOL deal update: Minerals Technologies tops Imerys’ bid

AMCOL International Corporation Market Cap (as of 14/03/2014): $1.49bn Minerals Technologies Inc. Market Cap (as of 14/03/2014): $1.98bn Imerys S.A. Market Cap (as of 14/03/2014): €4.76bn On March 10th, 2014 Minerals Technologies Inc., a global developer and maker of mineral-based products, announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement with the Illinois-based clay-products maker AMCOL […]

BSIC Market Recap 15|03|14

[edmc id=1554][/edmc] U.S. At the end of a week dominated primarily by uncertainty, markets mostly closed in negative territory. Signs of the week that’s past can be clearly seen in the VIX index which has been on a constant hike path since the beginning of 2014. The VIX is seen as the “Fear Gauge”, meaning […]

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