Sarah Godfrey
24 May 2017 · 2 min read

HBM Healthcare Investments benefits from takeover of True North Therapeutics

Blood disorder specialist Bioverativ to pay up to $825m including milestones

HBM Healthcare Investments (HBMN), a Swiss-listed public/private equity healthcare investment company, is set to benefit from the acquisition of privately held True North Therapeutics by NASDAQ-listed Bioverativ for up to US$825m (including contingent payments).

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Gavin Wood
24 May 2017 · 3 min read

Altamir – Merger of top 10 portfolio holding Melita and Vodafone Malta

Combination will create a new fully integrated provider of mobile, fixed line, broadband and TV services

Altamir (LTA) has announced the merger of Maltese telecoms operator Melita, in which it holds a 28.9% stake through the Apax France VIII fund, with Vodafone Malta to create a fully integrated communications company, which will operate under the Vodafone brand, distributing a wide range of services including Vodafone’s global portfolio of products. Announced in December 2015, the acquisition of Melita by Apax France VIII fund and Fortino Capital was completed in early 2016. At end-2016, Melita had been held in Altamir’s portfolio for less than one year and so was valued at its residual investment cost of €33.9m, representing 3.9% of portfolio fair value. At completion, Apax France VIII fund and Fortino Capital will own 51% of the combined company and Vodafone will own the remaining 49%.

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Richard Windsor
24 May 2017

We do not think that it has ever been Microsoft’s intention to take market share away from its

Microsoft gives the PC makers room to breathe. Microsoft updated its Surface Pro at an event in Shanghai but left plenty of space for its partners to innovate within the fledgling tablet-PC category.

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Alexandra West
24 May 2017 · 5 min read

FY18 US Defense Budget

Not as radical a departure from Obama as the headlines suggest

President Trump released his first full US Defense Budget yesterday. It requests a base budget of $574bn for FY18, and $65bn in Overseas Contingency Operations funding (OCO), making a total request of $639bn (as shown in the chart below). This would be a 3% increase year on year, and it is 3% higher than Obama requested for FY18. Whilst I acknowledge that the market environment looks better for the defence industry under the Republicans compared to the Democrats, I think the headlines this morning are focusing on the bullish rhetoric rather than understanding the nuances of the numbers. This budget is positive for the overall trajectory of defence spending and there is clearly going to be a focus on providing good equipment for troops, However, most of the uplift is consumed by higher troop costs and the Budget Control Act means there is uncertainty over whether this budget will ever come to fruition. In today’s blog I examine what I consider to be the three key questions; what has changed in this budget from Obama’s plans? Where will the extra money be spent? And how likely is it that the proposed budget is enacted by Congress?

US base defence budget and Overseas Contingency Operations funding ($m) FY01 – FY22 (Source: FY17 DoD Green Book & FY18 Budget materials)

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Stephen Rawlinson
24 May 2017 · 2 min read

Market Commentary - Housing, Infrastructure, Construction and Services 24th May 2017

There is a substantial amount of news today from Babcock with its finals, Ibstock and Polypipe with AGM updates, HSS has issued a Q1 trading update and Berendsen has issued a punchy rejection of the approach from Elis that includes forecasts for operating profit for this year and next.

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Elaine Reynolds
23 May 2017

Premier spuds Zama-1 offshore Mexico

The spudding of Zama-1 marks the first offshore exploration well to be drilled in Mexico by an international company in over 80 years. The Talos Energy operated well, partnered by Premier Oil and private Mexican company Sierra Oil and Gas was on our list of wells to watch in 2017. Click here for report.

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23 May 2017

LeEco - Le-trenchment

LeEco looks to return to its roots at home.

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Stephen Rawlinson
23 May 2017 · 2 min read

Market Commentary - Housing, Infrastructure, Construction and Services 23rd may 2017

Renew Holdings has delivered its interims to end March today and Homeserve has told us its finals. In both cases the results are good. Morgan Sindall scorched ahead again today with a 5.7% increase to 1257p.

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22 May 2017

Softbank Vision Fund - UB40

Pressure to employ capital is the biggest risk

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Stephen Rawlinson
22 May 2017 · 2 min read

Market Commentary - Housing, Infrastructure, Construction and Services 22nd May 2017

There is little new news this morning. Civitas, the social housing REIT, has spent another £6m of its £350m equity fundraising. Mortice, a small quoted FM company has won two new contracts worth £2.3m pa in revenue. There is no further news on the proposed acquisition of Berendsen. News flow from AGM updates and March and September year ends flows strongly during the remainder of this week.

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