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Anbang has popped $1.6 bln Fidelity & Guaranty Life into its basket. In 12 months it has spent $4.4 bln on financial groups in South Korea, the Benelux and now America. The strategy is vague and funding opaque. For sellers, though, the Waldorf Astoria owner livens up any auction.
The ports and rail group is now fielding competing, $6 bln-plus takeover proposals from Canada’s Brookfield and a break-up consortium led by local interloper Qube. The target’s board may want to see a clearer gulf in value before hitching itself to Qube’s wagon.
Peabody’s deal with state prosecutors over misleading atmospheric risks may inform a similar probe of Exxon. Though the lack of fines is a weak sign, the miner at least must share its assessment of possible climate rules. That could expose the danger of stranded energy assets.
The dating-sites owner pegs its worth as high as $3.6 bln. Much of that derives from Tinder, its fast-growing swipe-to-like app. The numbers make for an attractive and credible stock. It’s a risky proposal, though, and Barry Diller’s IAC looks like an overbearing chaperone.
The struggling internet site has hired the firm for advice on new opportunities. It’s unclear, though, what management consultants can do to arrest the company’s descent that a procession of CEOs hasn’t already tried. A blunt memo recommending a sale would make better reading.
Forestry giant Weyerhaeuser is paying a 14 pct premium for Plum Creek, a $7 bln timberland REIT. That’s modest but fair, given $100 mln of expected cost savings and a planned $2.5 bln stock buyback for both sets of owners. Weyerhaeuser’s long transformation looks near complete.
A group of left-wing parties could replace Portugal’s minority government after a key vote on Nov. 10. This communist-backed coalition could repeal reforms and make the country ineligible for ECB bond-buying. Or it may prove weak, in which case a damaging stalemate could follow.
A $407 mln rights issue at an eye-popping 94 pct discount will allow the South African miner to postpone a day of reckoning with its creditors. Lonmin has bought itself a reprieve, but this won’t fix the platinum price, or help it avoid another strike at its Marikana mines.
New guidelines will force lenders to hold big buffers of capital in their overseas arms. American and European banks can phase in their bail-in needs, and big Chinese groups no longer get off scot-free. Even so, the regulatory regime looks set to be another balkanising force.
The chances of the UK voting to quit the European Union are high. The damage to business if it does leave would be high too. Trade ties, and the difficulty of replacing them from outside the EU, should be front and centre of the deb...
India’s prime minister will address a crowd of 60,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium this week. Courting the diaspora makes sense. But the rapturous welcome is out of tune with UK-India business ties and a big local election defeat at home, where Modi mania is definitely over.
Mainland stocks are up more than a fifth since the end of September. International investors are less bullish. Even after the summer’s harsh lessons, Chinese buyers still pay more attention to cheap cash and state support than slowing growth and weak corporate earnings.
Jack Dorsey’s payments firm may go public for $3.5 bln, or 41 pct below its last private valuation. Rising competition, losing Starbucks’ business and deflating markets are only partly to blame. It’s a sign to well-funded upstarts that good ideas don’t always guarantee success.
The oil major’s shares barely budged on news New York is investigating whether the company misled owners about global warming. The probe adds legal teeth to the carbon-bubble debate and may spread to rivals. Shareholders seem more worried about oil prices. That looks shortsighted.
Paying bosses in equity nudges them to serve shareholder interests. The pharma giant went to extremes, allowing chief Michael Pearson to borrow heavily against his shares. The tumbling stock forced him to repay the debt - an example of how skewed incentives have rocked Valeant.
U.S. employers did lots of hiring last month, but that means less than investors may think. Nonfarm payroll numbers are volatile, imprecise and prone to revision. They’re important mostly because traders, analysts and journalists give them outsized attention. A demotion is overdue.
Investors ditched BHP Billiton shares after a jointly owned dam failed in Brazil. While mining is much safer than it used to be, such catastrophes are an inherent risk. A big balance sheet and diverse income streams mean it can absorb the financial consequences better than most.
The Cartier owner reported a disappointing 3 percent increase in first-half sales. Hong Kong watch sales slumped. It’s tempting to look for economic trends, but the best explanation might just be that after a decade of runaway growth, luxury is returning to its old, faddish ways.
ICAP may sell its voice-trading business and related bits to Tullett Prebon for stock, some of which would go to the seller’s shareholders. The mooted deal is messy. But it allows Tullett to double down on its core competence while ICAP can bet on an electronic future.
The Indian steelmaker has written off another $1.3 billion at its ailing European division. Under pressure from cheap Chinese imports, the unit’s EBITDA has turned negative. Tata will need to make tough choices about the business it bought in 2007 sooner rather than later.