Reaching for the Sky: Cellnex acquires Arqiva’s Telecom Towers for £2bn

Cellnex Telecom SA [CLNX: BME] – Mkt cap as of 19/10/19: €12.24bn Arqiva – not listed Introduction On the 8th of October 2019, Arqiva announced the sale of its Telecoms business (TowerCo) to Cellnex for £2bn, which Arqiva will use to reduce its leverage, currently standing at a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.9. The operation will […]

Central Bank Tools of Intervention: Reverse Repos versus QE

In mid-September, there has been a liquidity crisis in the money market of secured overnight borrowing. We have analyzed this in an article published one month ago, headed “Liquidity Squeeze: What is the Repo-Scarcity Premium?”. Since then, the Federal Reserve proceeded to inject more than 230 billion over the period from the end of September […]

Relationships between commodities and interest rates

The use of Copper and Gold Can commodities help us predict future interest rate movements? In this article, we will analyze the relationship between the spot prices of copper and gold and the ratio between them to predict future interest rates. Copper is used in the majority of industries such as semiconductors and wiring. Gold […]

Paying for Premiums: Tokio Marine purchases Pure Group in $3.1bn deal

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc [TKOMY: TYO] – Market Cap as of 18/10/2019: $36.95bn (¥4.05tn) Introduction Tokio Marine, Japan’s largest non-life insurance company, has agreed to acquire Pure Group: a US-based insurance group majority-owned by private equity players KKR and Stone Point. The deal, valuing Pure Group at $3.1bn, is expected to be funded by a […]

Feet to the Fire: Mapping the current state of shareholder activism

Introduction  Historically, large institutional investors pursued purely financial strategies and kept a low profile in governance. This may no longer be the case. In a manner vaguely reminiscent of the corporate raiders of the 1980s, a new generation of activist shareholders is on the rise. The number of companies targeted by shareholder activists hit an […]

Market Recap 20/10/2019

US U.S. markets were slightly higher last week as Q3 earnings season spurred some optimism, but global growth concerns limited it. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% w-o-w, closing at 2,986 points, while the DJIA fell 1%, ending at 26,770. The Nasdaq Composite decreased 67 points (0.8%) to 8,089. On Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase & […]

Market Recap: 13/10/2019

US The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,816.59 on Friday recording a weekly gain of 0.91%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,970.27 up 0.61% w-o-w. Both these figures are the result of a particularly bullish market on Friday with gains equal to 1.42% and 1.32% respectively. Indeed, the Federal Reserve announced on Friday that […]

Bank of Japan Reshuffles Bond Purchases

Introduction Quantitative Easing is not a new economic phenomenon for most of the developed economies. Federal Reserve started its first Quantitative Easing program in November 2008 by purchasing $600 billion in mortgage-backed securities, before 2008 the Federal Reserve held between $700 billion and $800 billion of Treasury Notes within its balance sheet. European Central Bank, […]

Polish Elections: An Economic Overview

Introduction On Sunday, October 13, Poles will vote in parliamentary elections for the 10th time since the first partially free elections in 1989. In this article we aim to provide political and economic background of Poland, economic policies of the competing parties, as well as an analysis of investors’ expectations for the post-election period. The […]

The Spillovers of eCommerce: a little bit of clarity

Introduction  The term eCommerce has been around for years, now. Definitions of it have been imprecise and, most of the time, people tend to associate it to companies like Amazon and Alibaba and not without a reason since their business is commerce through the internet. Virtual Commerce, however, is more complex than a simple association […]

A Big (Online) Bet: Flutter Entertainment merges with The Stars Group in cross-border deal

Flutter Entertainment PLC [FLTR: LON] – Market Cap as of 08/10/2019: £6.32bn Stars Group Inc [TSGI: TSE] – Market Cap as of 08/10/2019: C$7.89bn Introduction On Wednesday October 1st 2019, news broke of the all-share takeover of the The Stars Group (TSG), a Canadian owner of online gambling platform PokerStars, by Flutter Entertainment, an Irish […]

Unicorns are out of shape: Peloton Interactive IPO raises some concerns

Peloton Interactive Inc. [NASDAQ: PTON] – Market Cap as of 12/10/2019 $6.26bn   Introduction On September 26th, 2019, Peloton, an American exercise equipment and media company, went public on the Nasdaq raising $1.16bn via its IPO. The company raised this capital through floating 40 million new shares at $29, effectively giving the company a valuation […]

Pit Stop: Ab InBev refuels its deal machine through $5.6bn Budweiser IPO

Ab InBev [ABI:BB] – Market Cap as of 04/10/2019: €170.061bn Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Ltd [HKG: 1876] – Market Cap as of 04/10/2019: HK$403.92bn Introduction On September 30th, the brewer behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev listed the shares of its Asian Pacific subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing company APAC limited, in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The shares closed […]

Crushing the competition: EQT shares surge 25% in one of the most successful private equity listings of the decade

EQT AB [STO:EQT] – Market Cap as of 04/10/2019 SEK 83.58bn (USD 8.49bn) Introduction On Tuesday, September 24th 2019, the Swedish group EQT— the second largest Private Equity group in Europe — listed on the Stockholm Nasdaq in what was the biggest Private Equity listing of the past decade and one of the most successful […]

Gone with the wind: Orsted sells domestic utility unit in $3.2bn deal to SEAS-NVE

Oersted A/S [CPH:ORSTED] – Market Cap as of 06/10/2019 DKK 264.25bn (USD 38.85bn) Intro On September 18th 2019 Orsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, signed an agreement to sell its domestic utility business to SEAS-NVE, a customer owned Danish energy company. Orsted has announced its divestment plan over a year ago, as an attempt […]

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