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....WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell recently referred to Snapchat’s potential to become a “third force” alternative but many investors and analysts remain wary of Snapchat’s future. After a much-hyped stock market flotation earlier this month that valued Snap, the company behind Snapchat, at $29bn the company’s share price has steadily sunk. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Snapchat 'will be bigger than Twitter, Yahoo and AOL with advertisers' image
....WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell recently referred to Snapchat’s potential to become a “third force” alternative but many investors and analysts remain wary of Snapchat’s future. After a much-hyped stock market flotation earlier this month that valued Snap, the company behind Snapchat, at $29bn the company’s share price has steadily sunk. ...
Snap and Sorrell are wrong: powerful bosses can become untouchable insiders image
.... Evan Spiegel at Snap, too, might “provide the confidence and stability needed to take the appropriate level of risk”, said Sorrell. It’s an impressive list, even if it is too early to tell if Snap – five years old and loss-making, despite its startling $28bn valuation in last week’s flotation – is tomorrow’s Facebook or just today’s fad. ...
How US school turned $15,000 into $24m with Snapchat flotation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 05:36:45 PM
....52 on Friday. The flotation valued the stakes held by Spiegel and fellow founder, Bobby Murphy, at more than $4bn each. ...
Snapchat firm share price soars on debut image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:33:26 PM
....The company's losses widened last year, and user growth is slowing down in the face of intense competition from larger rivals such as Facebook. Despite the challenges in converting "cool" into cash, Snap's valuation is the richest for a US tech flotation since Facebook in 2012. ...
Snapchat IPO: Firm valued at $24bn despite losses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:34:54 PM
.... . The flotation values the business at $24bn, although Snap has never made a profit. ...
ITV shouldn't get away with blaming Brexit for falling revenues | Nils Pratley image
....What sheltered lives they’ve been leading at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). For about two decades now, anybody who follows the flotation, or initial public offering (IPO), scene in London has known the process of bringing a company to the stock market is riddled with obfuscation and conflicts of interest. ...
Former IMF chief gets four years in jail for embezzlement in Spain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 04:40:36 PM
....The case, with its details of lavish corporate spending as Spain endured its devastating economic crisis, has prompted huge anger. Thousands of small-scale investors lost their money after they were persuaded to convert their savings to shares before the flotation of Bankia in 2011 with Rato at the helm. ...
Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato gets 4.5 years for embezzlement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 04:05:42 PM
....Bankia was rescued in 2012 at huge public expense. About 200,000 small-scale savers - who had been persuaded to convert their savings into shares before Bankia's flotation in 2011 - lost their money. ...
For sale: Co-op Bank looks for buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 08:05:49 AM
....Speculation about potential buyers immediately focused on private equity houses or so-called challenger banks such as TSB, owned by Sabadell of Spain, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Virgin Money, and Santander. While a sale appears to be the preferred route, options including a stock market flotation are also being considered. ...
Calling the latest Greek deal a sticking plaster does disrespect to the Elastoplast image
....Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey insisted that Donald Trump’s 140-character pearls of wisdom had “boosted the power” of the social media site. Yet the company lost $457m (£367m) last year, taking its cumulative losses since flotation to $2. ...
Dooming stock markets are a warning sign for those with long memories image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Any investor who buys shares in the Snap flotation is probably throwing money away. ...
Is Snapchat the new Facebook? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 07:13:50 PM
. Snapchat hopes its planned flotation in New York will value the five-year-old photo-sharing app company at up to $25bn (£20bn) and turn its 26-year-old founder, Evan Spiegel, into the world’s youngest billionaire with a $5. ...
Sir David Clementi: City grandee ready to do the business at the BBC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 04:40:51 PM
....During his time at the Bank, in 2002, Clementi warned about the house price bubble and admonished members of the Treasury select committee for not heeding his warnings. He left the Bank shortly afterwards, going back to the City and becoming “the man from the Pru” as chairman of Prudential from 2002-2008 and of Virgin Money, where he oversaw its successful flotation. ...
Ascential to sell Drapers and Nursing Times as it ditches 'heritage' brands image
....The sell-off will leave Ascential with just one print title, Retail Week, which it is keeping due to its strategic fit with the digital brands Planet Retail and One Click Retail. The publisher, which made an £800m stock market flotation in February last year, said it was selling off the 13 titles to focus on its “largest brands and those with the highest growth potential”. ...
Italy approves a €20bn bailout plan for its banks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:31:34 AM
....Founded in 1472, Monte dei Paschi is said to be the oldest surviving bank in the world. The bank suspended trading in its shares on Wednesday morning, when they fell to their lowest level since the bank's stock market flotation in 1999. ...
Young, quick and very hip: Missguided and Pretty Little Thing hit the big time image
....Last week Boohoo bought a controlling stake in Pretty Little Thing, the startup founded by the sons of Boohoo’s co-founder, Mahmud Kamani. With Pretty Little Thing valued at only £5m thanks to an option clause dating back to Boohoo’s flotation prospectus in 2014, the deal was as much of a bargain for shareholders as the £8 clingy dresses its shoppers love. ...
Eurozone ministers won't budge an inch on Greek finance measures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 08:12:30 PM
.... McIntosh has enjoyed success on many fronts over many years, but being a pioneer of the pubco model was not his finest hour. He might argue that he left Punch soon after flotation in 2002 and that the high-leverage formula only became dangerous when successors pushed it too hard. ...
Punch Taverns gets takeover bid from Heineken image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 01:17:48 PM
....The other approach, of 185p a share, is from Alan McIntosh, a Punch co-founder. Mr McIntosh helped start Punch Taverns in 1997 and later led its stock market flotation, while working as its chief financial officer in 2002. ...
Fallout from Italy's referendum will be both financial and political image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:00:56 PM
.... The company has recovered through its own efforts but also through good fortune, in the form of a rapid rebound in the prices of copper, coal and zinc. Those commodities will have to keep humming along if Glencore is ever to return to its 2011 flotation price of 530p, which is a truer benchmark for success. ...
Royal Mail says Brexit uncertainty causing dip in junk mail sent by post image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:47:38 PM
....“We have doubts that parcels revenue can fully offset the secular decline in letters revenue,” wrote analysts at broker Liberum, who added that Royal Mail’s share price already priced in any future growth. Shares in Royal Mail closed down 7% on Thursday at 464p, compared with a flotation price of 330p. ...
Snapchat's potential $25bn flotation may sink company's appeal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:45:49 PM
. There is a lot of fake news around on social media these days, but there is a specific reason why we cannot be 100% certain that the owner of Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), or flotation. ...
Snapchat 'files for stock market float' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 12:29:17 AM
....Based on investments so far, the California-based firm would be worth between $20bn and $25bn (£16bn-£20bn). That would make it the largest US flotation since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba listed two years ago. ...
Sounds far-fetched image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:10:30 AM
....". Mr Neves says that a share flotation will be "the next financial milestone" for the company, but he won't be pushed on dates. ...
Standard Chartered drags down FTSE 100 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of November 2016 08:49:07 AM
....On Tuesday, Standard Chartered reported underlying pre-tax profits of $458m, compared with a $139m loss last year, but chief executive Bill Winters said "income and profit levels are not yet acceptable". Standard Chartered also said it could face action from Hong Kong's financial regulator over its role as joint sponsor of a share flotation in 2009. ...
FTSE 100 falls as Standard Chartered sinks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 09:00:16 AM
....The Asia-focused bank reported underlying pre-tax profits of $458m, compared with a $139m loss last year, but chief executive Bill Winters said "income and profit levels are not yet acceptable". Standard Chartered also said it could face action from Hong Kong's financial regulator over its role as joint sponsor of a share flotation in 2009. ...
Biffa cuts share price to secure London listing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 07:28:39 AM
....Biffa chief executive Ian Wakelin said the stock market listing was "a significant milestone" for the company. The UK's second-largest waste management group, which employs more than 7,000 staff, announced plans for the flotation in September. ...
From Royal Mail to Asda – company schemes that give workers a share image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of October 2016 06:01:07 AM
....With a SIP your employer can give you up to £3,600 of free shares in any tax year, but you have to hold them for at least three years. At the Royal Mail, the company’s flotation in October 2013 was highly controversial because the government sold 60% of the business for 330p a share, only to see the price immediately shoot up. ...
Snapchat heads for possible $25bn flotation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 10:14:11 AM
. Snap Inc, the owner of messaging app Snapchat, has moved a step closer to listing its shares on the stock market after settling on which banks will help with the flotation. ...
Misys set for Britain's biggest float of 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of October 2016 02:54:04 PM
....A UK company that supplies software to some of the world's largest banks is returning to the stock market in the biggest float of the year so far. Misys is expecting to list its shares in London in November in a flotation that could value the company at £5. ...
Prize catch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 24th of September 2016 11:20:46 PM
....On his watch, Bankia became the bank that symbolised Spain's financial crisis. The small team at 15MpaRato started compiling evidence of what they saw as fraudulent information given to people with accounts at Bankia who had been given the chance to buy "preferential" shares before the flotation. ...
Twitter shares soar almost 20% on takeover talk image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 02:04:28 PM
....Twitter has never made a profit and sales growth has been slowing in recent quarters. In July, Twitter reported that second quarter sales had risen almost 20%, the weakest growth since its stock market flotation in 2013. ...
Love to chat  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:23:25 PM
....In July, Line raised about $1. 3bn in a stock market flotation that valued the company at around $6bn. ...

Rogue swan’s £120,000 reign of terror leaves lake’s model boaters in a fowl mood 
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...."It pushed it under and it eventually sunk.  Luckily there was a flotation aid in the end, which kept it just above the water. ...
Messaging app Line sees shares surge 31% in Tokyo debut image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of July 2016 02:31:19 AM
.... . The company set its flotation price at 3,300 yen ($33; £25) per share which was the top end of the expected range. ...
What is Line? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of July 2016 08:30:35 PM
....The company is set to raise up to $1. 3bn (£1bn) when it lists its shares, after setting its flotation price at 3,300 yen ($33; £25) per share. ...
Messaging app Line set to raise up to $1.3bn in IPO image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 11th of July 2016 06:53:01 AM
....3bn (£1bn) when it lists its shares later this week. The company set its flotation price at 3,300 yen ($33; £25) per share, at the top end of the expected range. ...

Mergers and flotations at standstill after vote bankers didn’t believe could happen
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Shares in challenger bank Shawbrook plunge on loan irregularities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 08:47:44 AM
....”. Wood said: “After a hugely enjoyable four years with Shawbrook, and the immense privilege of leading the group for a period of time post the [flotation], I have decided that after a very intense couple of years I need to make more time for my family. ...
Sajid Javid tells business leaders not to panic over Brexit impacts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of June 2016 10:53:45 AM
.... Stock markets around the world fell sharply on Friday following the referendum result and businesses said they would be forced to review their UK operations, putting thousands of jobs at risk. According to reports this weekend, the uncertainty caused by the referendum could lead to the scrapping of £15bn of stock market flotations and major takeover deals falling apart. ...
Time Out shares drop on first day of trading amid Brexit fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 10:18:48 AM
.... The shares were listed on London’s alternative investment market. Related: Time Out owner hopes flotation will raise £90m to fund expansion. ...
LinkedIn’s rapid 14-year growth led to $26.2bn Microsoft deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of June 2016 04:01:20 PM
.... The company’s shares plunged by more than 40% on a single day in February, wiping out $11bn of market value after its revenue forecast fell well short of expectations. The fall was the shares’ worst day since the flotation. ...
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts image
.... Ministers are committed to helping windfarms out at sea which have received much less opposition from residents but are much more expensive to develop. Growing investor enthusiasm for low-carbon energy in the aftermath of commitments made at the Paris climate change talks were underlined this week with the £10bn flotation of Dong Energy. ...
Windfarm owner Dong Energy floats for £10bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of June 2016 12:49:01 PM
....Dong Energy, a Danish company that owns offshore windfarms around the UK, was valued at Kr 98. 2bn (£10bn) as it successfully pulled off Europe’s largest stock market flotation this year. ...
Giorgio Armani revenues hit by China slowdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 01:03:09 PM
....Despite the slowdown, the firm said its cash reserves of €640m allowed it to step up investments in its brands to “further strengthen its competitive market position”. The company’s president, Giorgio Armani, founded the company that bears his name in Milan in 1975, and has toyed with the idea of a stock market flotation in the past two decades. ...
City news: Volkswagen, Co-Op Funeralcare, Alliance Trust and Time Out image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 07:30:00 AM
....________________________________________________________________. TIME Out, the leisure listings magazines turned digital media business, has announced a proposed stock market flotation expected to value it at about £200million. ...
Dong Energy IPO to value windfarm operator at £11bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 04:42:23 PM
. Danish-based Dong Energy, a major investor in British offshore windfarms, is heading for the world’s biggest stock market flotation so far this year with a price tag for the entire business of 106. ...
Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of May 2016 12:18:29 PM
.... The firm, the biggest service of its kind, has been the target of much of the criticism directed at music streaming by Radiohead, Adele and others, with Taylor Swift pulling her entire back catalogue from Spotify in 2014. Undaunted, Spotify, which is controlled by its founders, Ek and fellow Swede Martin Lorentzon, plans a stock market flotation in the next few years. ...
Companies ‘missing a trick’ on stock market flotations image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of May 2016 04:59:00 PM
. Out of 72 flotations on the main market, nine were public offers, with the vast majority opting for a private placing to large institutional investors only, Hargreaves Lansdown said. ...
Windfarm operator Dong Energy announces stockmarket plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 02:20:12 PM
....However, analysts estimated it could be valued at about 80bn Danish kroner (£8. 5bn), making it Denmark’s largest ever flotation. ...
Hula-Hoop lessons and woodcarvers? You won’t find that on the high street image
.... It is one of 5,000 sellers on the 10-year-old website, which racked up sales of £156m from January through December 2015. But if City gossip is to be believed, the company is jumping through different kinds of hoops, which could lead to a stock market flotation. ...
City news: Hotel Chocolat, Morrisons, Centrica and the service sector image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 6th of May 2016 12:00:00 AM
. The flotation of the upmarket chocolatier will deliver a £20million windfall to both of its co-founders, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris, who combined will retain a two-thirds stake in the business. ...
Deutsche Bahn pushes ahead with plans to float Arriva image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 11:38:54 AM
....”. He said the flotation exposed the “flakey and unstable nature of rail franchising”, with Deutsche Bahn allowed to win rail contracts and then hold a “corporate car-boot sale without any controls over who is getting a slice of the action”. ...
Just Eat delivers profit rise after hike in restaurant commissions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 11:45:39 AM
....5% to 416p after the earnings upgrade and were the biggest gainers in the FTSE 350 index. The company is one of the big successes from the wave of flotations in 2014 when it listed its shares at 260p. ...
Time Out plans £200m stock market flotation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of April 2016 04:16:25 PM
. Time Out, the lifestyle and listing magazine turned international digital media business, is planning a stock market flotation later this year. ...
Pure Gym buy-up of LA Fitness lifts revenues image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 09:14:30 AM
.... Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation climbed 46% to £28m. The strong figures will fuel speculation that the private equity-backed firm will push on with plans for a stock market flotation. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit could do serious harm to UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 11:31:26 AM
....”. The Bank highlighted signs that increased uncertainty might already be beginning to weigh on demand, among them reports of deferred investment decisions, delayed private equity deals and company flotations, and reports from lenders that demand for finance from large companies had dipped. ...
Tesco can't be faulted on strategy so far image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 06:02:46 PM
....About time, too. The Financial Conduct Authority has realised the London IPO, or flotation, market has become an exercise in smoke and mirrors. ...
IPO process needs improving, says FCA image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 11:22:42 AM
....IPOs boomed in 2014 and 2015 as companies rushed to tap renewed investor appetite as the economy picked up but some high-profile offerings, such as AO World and Boohoo. com, have fallen below their flotation prices. ...
Pru pay: executives live by different rules image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 06:32:42 PM
....John Roberts, founder and chief executive of AO World, seems to have learned from experience: cut the hype and show that you are concentrating on running the business. In February last year, the City was seriously miffed by a profits warning from the online electrical retailer that came less than a year after flotation. ...
AO World sees strong revenue growth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 08:05:17 AM
....2bn - stunned the City. Although the statement has given the shares a boost, at 191p they are still around 30% below their 285p flotation price. ...
Sports Direct's Mike Ashley proves silence isn't always golden image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 07:43:57 PM
....Related: Sports Direct shares tumble as Mike Ashley reveals profit slump. Ashley grumbled that shareholders said at flotation in 2008 that he could run Sports Direct as a private company but now “everyone wants to know everything”. ...
Glencore reports seven dead in mining accident image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 06:43:10 PM
....A spokesman for Glencore said in 2009 that “more than $11m has been spent on reinforcing more than 1,900m of mine shaft roof and on completing mined-out production chamber support, following a thorough review of rock mechanics to improve safety”. Glencore’s safety record first came under scrutiny after its stock market flotation in 2011, during which it released a sustainability report saying that 56 people were killed working for the company between 2008 and 2010. ...
Fever-Tree buoyed by deals with M&S and British Airways image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 12:20:40 PM
....Retail analyst Nick Bubb said: “Fever-Tree has been the best IPO of the last two years, with the shares up something like 313% … and is held up by many as a role model for Hotel Chocolat. ” The chocolatier plans a £150m flotation by the end of June. ...
Hotel Chocolat planning flotation to fund online and UK expansion image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of March 2016 11:40:10 AM
. Luxury chocolatier Hotel Chocolat is planning a flotation valuing the company at £150m to raise funds to step up expansion in the UK and online, and develop its manufacturing plant in Oxfordshire. ...
Brakes sold to US company Sysco in $3.1bn deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 03:33:57 PM
. Brakes, the London-based food supplier that had been considering a flotation, has been sold to US company Sysco in a deal worth $3. ...
The gloves are finally off for epic Brexit fight image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 04:30:51 PM
.... Still, if you don’t fancy risking your money with P2P borrowers, you should soon be able to invest in these lenders directly. All three of the market leaders are planning stock market flotations over the next two to three years – assuming the next recession does not floor them beforehand, that is. ...
Powa Technologies, once a darling of the UK tech scene, collapses into administration image
.... . The company had raised at least $175m in total, and was reportedly eyeing a stock market flotation as recently as last year. ...
Metro Bank becomes latest victim of rocky markets as it slashes pre-float fundraising  image
....tg-pullquote__source__link:hover { border-bottom: 1px dotted #122842; color: #122842; } “This reduction is not about Metro – it’s more about the relative value of us versus them . The reduced offering – which will see the bank cut its share price from £24 to £20 – means its likely valuation at flotation will be £1. ...
#Twitter crisis? Not if it decides that it can be a smaller, smarter platform image
....At the root of the dissonance is the fact that Twitter is a public company. At its flotation in November 2013 it was valued at $32bn, a figure largely based on hopes (or fantasies) that it would keep modifying its service to attract mainstream users, that its advertising business would continue to grow at a phenomenal rate and that it would eventually be bigger than Facebook. ...
Mountain Warehouse plans US expansion image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of February 2016 08:00:58 PM
. Mountain Warehouse is expected to ramp up its US expansion as it gears up for a stock market flotation that will make multi-millionaires of its senior management team. ...
Questor share tip: Avoid loss-making Sophos as private equity exits image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 06:17:04 PM
....2p -30p Questor says AVOID . EVER since Sophos [LON:SOPH] became the UK’s biggest ever technology flotation in July last year it has struggled to justify its punchy valuation. ...
London IPO market steps into 2016 on shaky ground image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 09:31:20 AM
. Tumbling oil prices, Chinese contagion and uncertainty around the general election wiped 16pc off proceeds from flotations on the London Stock Exchange in 2015 despite an eight-year high for European bourses. ...

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