Commerzbank joins the European recapitalization effort

Commerzbank Market Cap (as of 17/05/13): €4.42bn Deal Type: €2.5bn Rights Issue On Tuesday Commerzbank announced the details of the rights issue it previously declared in March. This rights issue will aim to raise €2.5bn in line with Basel III capital requirements. An earlier vote of the Board of Directors on April the 19th approved to […]

Shopping in UK for JC Flowers

JC Flowers & Company LLC: $2.3bn under management Cabot Credit Management Group Ltd Market Cap: N/A Deal size: £800mln   On 15th of May it was announced that funds managed and advised by JC Flowers & Company LLC have acquired Cabot Credit Management Group Ltd. in a secondary buyout from AnaCap Financial Partners LLP and its co-investors, Morgan […]

Activism and value creation in Japan

Third Point LLC, Asset Under Management (as of 17/05/13): $12.9bn Sony Corporation (SNE), Market Capitalization (as of 17/05/13): $20.37bn Deal type: Spin-off Proposal via IPO Mr. Daniel Seth Loeb, manager and founder of the NY based hedge fund Third Point LLC, has recently turned his attention toward Japan and Sony in particular. Mr. Loeb’s view […]

TowerBrook to Acquire True Religion Apparel for $835 Millions

TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P ,Market Cap(as of 16/5/2013): N/A True Religion Apparel, Inc, Market Cap(as of 16/5/2013): $814mln Deal size: $835 mln, all cash The private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners agreed on Friday 10th of May to acquire True Religion Apparel, the designer jeans company based in Southern California. Under the terms of the […]

Conditioned order in Japan: short financials if no more stimulus is added by BOJ on Tuesday night

INTRODUCTION During last months in Japan, extreme monetary policies – also known as Abenomics – implemented by the duo Abe-Kuroda to fight deflation and give a kick to the stagnant economy, have caused a huge reaction all over the markets: the Yen has been slashed, Nikkei index has been skyrocketing in an impressive rally and […]

Long Tesla Motors

Elon Musk’s creation, after having beaten analysts’  estimates just 11 days ago following the release of its first quarter earnings – which proved to be way beyond expectations – is now on a tough up-going rally. Surely this trade should have been implemented earlier but we believe there is still room for profit. Tesla intends […]

Atlantia-Gemina merger

On March 15th the merger was approved by the boards of the two companies, based on an exchange ratio of 1 newly issued ordinary share in Atlantia for 9 ordinary shares in Gemina. Atlantia shares seemed to be quite overvalued (8,9x the adjusted EBITDA; 7,5x for Gemina), but since March the price has increased from […]

Trade idea: multifractal volatility and Apple calendar spreads

Given the turbulence in the implied volatility observed in the aftermath of Apple’s Q1 results, we adopt a sophisticated quantitative model to better understand its dynamics. What we have observed so far in the option market is a large decrease in the 1-month implied volatility, and a sustained level of 4-month implied. We pave our […]

Update on our position on the EUR/USD: long USD/KRW

After three days we decided to close our position on the EURUSD as our trade did not play out. In the end we were almost flat so we did not lose money. However we keep our bullish view on the USD and we decided to change the pair and to go long the USDKRW (USD […]

The decline of Japan’s Toshiba

Japan’s Toshiba said Wednesday that its quarterly net earnings fell 62 percent from the previous year as demand for its televisions, computers and other digital products stumbled. The technology and engineering corporation said it earned 23.01 billion yen ($233 million) between January and March 2013, the last quarter of its fiscal year, down from 61.22 […]

Lisbon goes back to the market with a €3bn bond issue

Object: €3.0 billion issuance of Obrigações do Tesouro (OT) (fixed rate bonds), interest rate 5.65%, annual coupons On May 6th the Republic of Portugal issued its first new government bonds since requesting an international bailout two years ago, in a heavily-oversubscribed offer of 10-year debt that raised €3bn. The bonds will pay fixed annual coupons […]

Update on Dell’s LBO

Silver Lake Partners IV, Assets Under Management: $7.5bn Dell Inc. Mkt Cap: $23.61bn Blackstone Group L.P., Blackstone Capital Partners VI  Assets under management: $13.5bn Icahn Enterprises L.P. Mkt Cap: $9.18bn   Following our last comment on Dell’s buyout on 16.03.2013, we decided to write a follow-up to elaborate on the recent events concerning the deal. As we have […]

All time record debt offering for Apple – the first since 1996

Apple, Inc. Market Cap (as of 03/05/13): $418.2 bn Transaction Size: $17.0bn   On the 30th of April Apple Inc.  has set a new corporate record. In fact, after having recently regained its position as the world’s most valuable company and having announced the largest share buyback in history, it sold $17bn of bonds, the largest corporate-bond deal […]

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. raised $702 million dollars in its Initial Public Offering

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Market Cap (as of May 4th 2013) : $ 3.1bn The Blackstone Group , AUM (as of May 4th 2013) : $ 218.0bn On the 19th of April SeaWorld Entertainment opened for trading on the NYSE under the thicker symbol “SEAS”. The initial public offering of 29.9 million shares had a starting […]

Long term investment: continuation of Netflix uptrend

Vanquishing markets in April 2013, Netflix has been on a stream recently. After releasing their Q1 numbers on March 31st and got higher than expected revenues, investors and markets got suddenly excited about the stock. Moreover, we’ve seen that their new programming is amassing a lot of praise from critics. House of Cards, one of […]

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