Richard Beales joined Breakingviews in 2007 from the Financial Times, where he was U.S. markets editor and a Lex columnist. Prior to the FT, he spent more than 10 years as an investment banker at Schroders and Citigroup, based largely in Hong Kong and working on project finance, mergers and acquisitions. He has also lived in Sydney, Australia, and began his working life in London at Mars & Co, a management consultancy. Richard holds a masters in business journalism from New York University and a degree in biochemistry from St John’s College, Cambridge. Follow Richard on Twitter @richardbeales1
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In the Cerberus-led takeover, new equity and debt, cash, a stock distribution, future sales and even a tax break in theory get to $40 a share, or $9.4 bln. But investors marked Safeway shares down. Goes to show getting to knockout prices is tough for private equity these days.
Peter Oppenheimer’s exit and move to Goldman’s board look well orchestrated, especially for tech-land. Investors want that from a $470 bln company with $159 bln in cash. The trick is to not let an establishment mindset take hold. Apple’s success is based on disruptive products.
The hedge fund activist surprised the auctioneer by nominating three directors, after the firm offered him one uncontested board seat and listened to, and even acted on, some of his gripes. Loeb must have reasons, but it may discourage other targets from engaging with activists.
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