Neil Unmack is a Reuters Breakingviews Associate Editor based in London. He covers credit markets, hedge funds, and Italy. Previously he was a corporate finance reporter at Bloomberg News in London. He started his career as a financial journalist in 2001 at Euromoney Institutional Investor, where he covered structured finance for EuroWeek magazine. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, graduating with a first class degree in modern languages.
The $8 bln engineer reported its first sales growth in five years, but the shares fell due to a weaker-than-expected outlook. After rejecting a sale of its medical unit, CEO Andy Reynolds is pruning assets and investing. That may not be enough to close a steep valuation discount.
The Swiss group is setting up a joint venture with 25 pct shareholder Saudi Basic Industries. At the same time SABIC will contribute a new Clariant CEO and four board directors. Though the venture should make sense, the company’s governance becomes more complicated.
Steve Schwarzman’s buyout firm is selling debt to fund its takeover of Thomson Reuters’ financial data arm. The terms allow the owners to pay themselves cash even in tough times. Such undemanding rules make these high-yield bonds look more like stock - but without the upside.