Liam Proud joined Breakingviews in 2016. He previously worked as digital content editor at the Natural History Museum, and as deputy business features editor at the London newspaper City A.M. Liam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a degree in philosophy.
Nexi and Network International are selling shares worth $4 bln amid a dearth of new issues in 2019. The Italian and Middle Eastern groups have reliable revenues and high margins, drawing interest even from edgy investors. Network’s superior growth rate merits a higher multiple.
Norway’s Telenor is buying a majority stake in Finland’s DNA and will offer to buy the rest for a total price tag of 2.8 bln euros. The financial returns of this odd move into a mature market will be so slim that CEO Sigve Brekke may do better by handing more cash to investors.
The government may fine groups like Facebook – and senior managers – who fail to police harmful content. This adds teeth to lame social-media regulation, but also creates a UK-specific standard. As other states beef up local regulations, web groups’ margins will feel the squeeze.