Monday, 25 April 2016

Flag pole alert - part 8

Deal watchers looking for the next big FTSE 100 deal should read Ian King's excellent column in today's The Times.

According to the Sky News business supremo, high-level investment bankers have told the former The Times business editor that the next FTSE 100 takeover bid could be carried out by a Chinese bidder.

I can't provide you with the link to Ian's article because The Times appears to have changed its website as part of a re-design, so if you want to understand why a Chinese bidder might buy a FTSE 100 company I would advise you to buy today's newspaper.

However, I'm sure Ian's insight will trigger all sorts of speculation about which FTSE 100 company the Chinese might buy, with Imperial Tobacco/Brands already named as one potential target.

In case you don't recall, last December Bank of America Merrill Lynch argued China National Tobacco Corporation was/is the most likely buyer of Imperial Tobacco/Brands. Here is a link to a piece I wrote with Bank of America Merrill Lynch's note:

http://betaville123.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/flag-pole-alert-part-5.html

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