Naming CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch as its new chair should give the German carmaker a better balance between cost discipline and engineering perfection. But a strong external candidate would have made more sense. As it is, Poetsch will start off needing to prove his independence.
A court says they can’t force holdout creditors to accept less security against loans. A similar ruling led to a standoff between Buenos Aires and hedge fund Elliott. Unlike countries, companies can declare bankruptcy as a fallback. But restructuring is getting tougher for both.
The lender’s warning on global economic risks lacks what policymakers need: insight into what’s happening to China and why market ructions have been so severe. G20 finance officials heading for Turkey need meatier, more challenging views than the IMF seems prepared to give.
A low oil price will dent growth and public revenues, and Russia needs rebalancing. Yet President Vladimir Putin can hold the line by drawing on reserves and even inflating regional deficits, while the rouble’s fall helps competitiveness. That could enable a fragile equilibrium.
Seventy years after World War Two, relations between Asia’s two biggest economies are in poor shape – as Beijing’s huge military parade shows. But trade, investment and tourism tell a different story. Japan’s economic success increasingly depends on China’s, and vice versa.
David Bonderman’s TPG and Alec Gores’ eponymous firm are the latest to jump on the shell-company bandwagon. A cutthroat M&A scene and the success enjoyed by the likes of Martin Franklin have amplified the siren call. Not all acquisition nous is necessarily the same, however.
The French luxury group has poached a top Apple music executive to head its online operations. It’s a significant move in a sector that has been wary of the net. It also cranks up the heat on the sector’s e-commerce leader Burberry and recently merged Yoox/Net-a-Porter.
Shares in the upmarket online retailer popped 5 pct as Net’s founder cashed out of the merger agreed in March. Terms of the severance deal with Natalie Massenet confirm that Yoox bought its rival at a bargain price. But it is losing know-how at an important time.
The Chinese conglomerate’s bid for private bank BHF Kleinwort Benson comes with alluring logic and a reasonable premium. That might not be enough. Weak markets in China, and an apparent belief that Fosun will offer more, are pulling in opposite and unhelpful directions.
The British no-frills carrier has upped its 2015 guidance significantly, sending shares up 6 pct. With earnings per share poised to rise by a fifth, it can easily afford topping up shareholder payouts. But future growth plans limit the scope of another 2013-like special dividend.
Investors used to assume that the cost of pulling oil out of the ground was relatively static – or changed slowly. Reality is slipperier. Rethinking the way the “cost curve” works may help explain recent gyrations in oil and other commodity markets.
Volkswagen is extending CEO Martin Winterkorn’s term to 2018, ruling him out as next chairman. This leaves room for an independent, external candidate to replace fallen patriarch Ferdinand Piech. VW’s flawed governance might then shift up a gear.
Insurer Anbang is no longer in line to acquire the bailed-out Portuguese bank. Yet given rival Chinese group Fosun remains in the race, Chineseness is unlikely to be the problem. Any buyer for Novo Banco needs to get comfortable with its uncertain capital and litigation bills.