Aimee joined Breakingviews in 2017 and writes about European airlines, insurance and property companies. Based in London, she previously spent three years at The Sunday Times as banking correspondent. Prior to that, she was a senior reporter covering the bond market at IFR, a financial trade publication published by Thomson Reuters. She holds a degree in English and History from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism.
Four bidders circling the shared office provider are hoping to unlock the toppy valuation of rival WeWork. A 2.9 bln pound offer would allow founder and part-owner Mark Dixon to retire in style. But to get a decent return, buyers need leverage and a plan to ramp up earnings.
EasyJet expects a 45 pct rise in pre-tax profit in 2018 thanks to more passengers and charges on checked bags. The limited damage that French air controllers’ strikes inflicted on the company and its peers reveals such disruptions are more a problem for customers than carriers.
Sweden’s Telia is beefing up its Norwegian operations by buying rival TDC’s local business for $2.6 bln. That gives it a sturdier platform to challenge incumbent Telenor. Cost savings should help deliver a decent return – as long as it avoids price wars or a regulatory clampdown.