Dasha is a columnist in London writing about the consumer goods sector, as well as Russia and Turkey. She has been at Reuters since 2012 as deals reporter in London and Turkey correspondent, covering the 2016 coup and the war in Syria. Prior to that she produced business news on BBC radio and worked as an investment banking analyst.
She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
The buyout firm accepted a lowly 1.3 bln euro cash-and-shares offer for Norwegian computer services firm Evry from Finnish rival Tieto. The measly 15% premium is less than half the value created by cost savings. Still, a 20% stake in the combined group should be easier to sell.
The privately held label made 2 bln euros of net profit in 2018. Valued like rival Hermes, it’s worth 90 bln euros. Chanel may be in flux after Karl Lagerfeld’s death, but its bulk would make suitors think twice even if its controlling investor wanted to sell.
The 2.5 bln pound UK defence contractor rebuffed the outsourcer in January. Serco is smaller, has lower margins and provides less-skilled services. The combination would also be over-reliant on British military. Though consolidation makes sense, the financial logic must stack up.