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Mar 17, 2011

Denmark’s ISS pulls float, casts doubt on Glencore

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Denmark’s ISS [ISSHOI.UL]
pulled its potential $2.8 billion listing, becoming Europe’s
biggest casualty of choppy markets and casting doubt on the
chances of commodities giant Glencore’s [GLEN.UL] float.

The outsourcing group, which closed the books on its
Copenhagen float earlier on Thursday, said concerns about
volatile markets had prompted it to postpone, despite the
offering being oversubscribed within its price range.

Mar 17, 2011

Glencore set to make last minute call on listing

LONDON (Reuters) – Uneasy markets mean Glencore GLEN.UL is likely to put off a decision on whether to push ahead with its flotation until the last possible moment.

Glencore has so far played a cagey game, raising expectations of an initial public offering (IPO) by briefing sell-side analysts and getting a potential cornerstone investor lined up in the form of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.

Mar 14, 2011

Dutch shipbuilder IHC courts new backers – sources

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Rabobank [RABN.UL] and Dutch
billionaire Cees de Bruin are planning to sell a stake in IHC
Merwede, the bespoke shipbuilder hoping to benefit from a boom
in deep-sea mining, people familiar with the matter said.
The part-sale of IHC, which designs, builds and equips
vessels for land reclamation, oil drilling and deep-sea mining,
could fetch hundreds of millions of euros and interest buyout
firms and Asian and Middle Eastern shipbuilders, they said.

IHC and its owners — Dutch lender Rabobank’s private equity
arm Rabo Capital, IHC employees, and a unit of de Bruin’s
Indofin — hired JPMorgan and Rabobank’s own investment bankers
to help prepare a sale, the sources said on Monday.

Mar 13, 2011

Slim mining margins may cloud Glencore’s IPO value

LONDON (Reuters) – Slim margins at Glencore’s GLEN.UL mines and smelters could hamper the Swiss commodity giant’s efforts to attain a premium valuation from a planned multi-billion-dollar listing.

The narrow ratios contrast with better overall margins than its nearest listed rival, Noble Group (NOBG.SI: Quote, Profile, Research), and further muddy the picture for prospective investors weighing up a firm that is a mixture of trader, miner and investor.

Mar 6, 2011

Glencore chooses Rodney Chase for chairman – report

LONDON (Reuters) – Commodities giant Glencore has lined up one-time BP executive Rodney Chase as chairman as it prepares for a possible $60 billion float, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper said, citing sources close to the situation, that Chase had agreed in principle but had not been formally appointed. It said the other final candidate, former trade minister Lord Davies, had turned the offer down.

Mar 6, 2011

Glencore fee bonanza may elude Xstrata confidants

LONDON (Reuters) – Ties to Swiss miner Xstrata (XTA.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may exclude Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and JPMorgan (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from the $300-$400 million in fees that a listing of Xstrata’s part-owner Glencore could yield.

A standoff between Glencore Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg and Xstrata’s Mick Davis — who has called on JPMorgan’s Ian Hannam and Brett Olsher, formerly of Deutsche Bank, for a string of deals — could force banks to take sides.

Mar 4, 2011

Exclusive: Elliott hires search firm for Actelion board

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors has hired headhunters to find candidates for the board of Actelion (ATLN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), sources said, as part of its bid to make Europe’s biggest biotech firm consider selling itself.

The sources familiar with the situation said New York-based Elliott, which is dissatisfied with the company’s performance after a series of product setbacks, is also using Georgeson, a firm of proxy solicitors, to secure support from other shareholders.

Mar 4, 2011

Ivan Glasenberg’s long walk to Glencore gold

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – As head of the world’s largest
commodity trader, Ivan Glasenberg knows everything has a price,
even his own closely guarded privacy.

Glencore’s [GLEN.UL] decision to end years of secrecy with a
policy of “Glasnost” ahead of a possible initial public offering
(IPO) puts the publicity-shy 54-year-old fully in the limelight.

Mar 3, 2011

Glencore profit jumps on higher commodity prices

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Glencore [GLEN.UL], the world’s
largest commodity trader, posted a jump in 2010 profit and
promised a robust 2011, strengthening its hand for a possible
stock market listing that could value it at about $60 billion.

Net profit at the privately held trading, mining and
resource investment conglomerate rose 40 percent to $3.8
billion, boosted by higher prices for metals and agricultural
products, while revenue rose 36 percent to $145 billion.

Mar 2, 2011

PPL to buy E.ON networks for £3.5 billion pounds – source

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. power firm PPL Corp (PPL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to buy German utility E.ON AG’s (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) UK power networks for 3.5 billion pounds in cash, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

PPL, which beat its main rival, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, in the race for E.ON’s networks, would also assume 500 million pounds in debt, the person said.

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      "Quentin Webb is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity. He is based in London. Before becoming a columnist, he was a news reporter for Reuters, where he was most recently European M&A correspondent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Brussels and as a credit-markets reporter. He joined Reuters in 2003 from Legalease, a legal publisher. He has a first-class degree in psychology from University College London."
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