British Prime Minister Gordon Brown plans to outline a sale of government assets on Monday aimed at raising 3 billion pounds, according to a draft speech provided by his office. The sale will be carried out over the next two years and include betting company Tote and the cross-channel rail link between the UK and France.
In other stories reported by the media on Monday and over the weekend:
British bank Lloyds has lined up a syndicate of investment banks to underwrite a 11 billion pound rights issue, the Sunday Times reports, without citing sources. The deal would be linked to Lloyds’ attempts to reduce its participation in the UK government’s toxic asset scheme.
Barclays is planning to spin off a 4 billion pound portfolio of complex credit assets as its presses ahead with a process to clean up its balance sheet, the Financial Times says, quoting people familiar with the matter.
Chinese state-owned metals conglomerate Chinalco does not intend to tale a stake in UC RUSAL when the indebted Russian aluminium company lists shares in Hong Kong later this year, the South China Morning Post reports. Last week a Russian newspaper had reported that Chinalco may be interested in acquiring a stake in RUSAL, citing unnamed banking sources.