By George Hay
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
LONDON — HSBC is proving a slow ship to turn. In May, chief executive Stuart Gulliver set out a strategy for the giant lender that required it to hit a return on equity target of 12-15 percent. Getting there involves top-line growth and cutting costs. HSBC’s interim results suggest that, for the time being, the emphasis will be on the latter.
, July 29 (Reuters) – Dynegy Inc (DYN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
can proceed with its debt restructuring after a Delaware judge
on Friday declined to grant a temporary restraining order to
stop the company’s overhaul.
The ruling clears the way for the $1.7 billion debt
refinancing that Dynegy, the third-largest U.S. independent
power producer, was preparing to close this week.
NEW YORK/DELAWARE, July 28 (Reuters) – Reinsurance company
Transatlantic Holdings Inc (TRH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it sued
unsolicited suitor Validus Holdings Ltd (VR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and rejected its
offer as “inferior and highly conditional.”
Transatlantic also established a poison-pill plan to keep
anyone from taking control of the company in the open market.
The plan lasts for a year and has a 10 percent ownership
, July 26 (Reuters) – A Delaware court is
likely to rule by Friday on whether Dynegy Inc’s (DYN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
proposed debt restructuring should be put hold, according to a
Dynegy, the third-largest U.S. independent power producer,
confirmed that the judge made his plans known during a late
Monday hearing in Delaware’s Chancery Court.
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) – A shareholder sued the board of corrugated packaging maker Temple-Inland Inc (TIN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to roll back the company’s “poison pill” defense against a $3.3 billion hostile takeover bid by rival International Paper Co (IP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
The board of directors is accused of violating its duty to shareholders by refusing to negotiate with International Paper to improve its bid or to begin a sale process for the company, according to the complaint, which was filed on Friday in Delaware Chancery Court.
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) – A judge directed the Los Angeles Dodgers to negotiate a $150 million loan from Major League Baseball to finance their bankruptcy, dealing a blow to embattled team owner Frank McCourt on Friday.
But the Dodgers said in response that if MLB sticks to the terms the judge ordered, the loan combined with other sources of revenues should give the team “ample liquidity” to meet payroll and other expenses and emerge from Chapter 11 by year’s end.
, July 20 (Reuters) – The judge overseeing
the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy case said he would try to
decide by the end of Thursday the contentious question of which
loan the team should take to stay afloat — but said he
expected even rougher battles ahead.
Judge Kevin Gross declined to rule late on Wednesday on
whether the Dodgers could borrow $150 million from a hedge
fund, as they prefer, or should take a cheaper loan from Major
League Baseball that the team has called a “deal with the
, July 20 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles
Dodgers fought on Wednesday to keep control of their finances
while in bankruptcy, arguing Major League Baseball’s offer to
provide a $150 million loan was a “deal with the devil.”
The Dodgers want to borrow the money from a hedge fund and
told a Delaware Bankruptcy Court that the league wants to use
its cheaper loan as a way to strip the team from owner Frank
, July 18 (Reuters) – A hedge fund accused
of trading on confidential information gleaned from the
Washington Mutual Inc bankruptcy went so far as to sound-proof
an office to prevent the information from reaching its traders,
a managing director of the fund testified.
Aurelius Capital Management LP even hired a sound engineer
to test if traders could eavesdrop on confidential talks about
the bankruptcy led in part by the fund, managing director Dan
Gropper said in his defense in a bankruptcy court on Monday.
By George Hay and Peter Thal Larsen
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.
LONDON — Europe’s banks can mostly deal with a fat haircut on their holdings of Greek sovereign debt. That’s the conclusion of a Breakingviews analysis of data disclosed by lenders under the European Union’s latest stress tests.