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Jul 10, 2011

Maple’s embrace seen tough for TMX to elude

TORONTO, July 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s largest stock market
operator will likely succumb to Maple Group’s C$3.8 billion
($3.96 billion) takeover bid as Bay Street’s bank “guard dogs”
scare off white knights and shareholders opt for hard cash over
promises of growth.

While some markets watchers speculate a rival bid could
still surface for TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), operator of the Toronto
Stock Exchange, analysts and fund managers say few players can
match the financial firepower of the Maple Group consortium.

Jul 6, 2011

Maple confident current TMX bid will succeed

TORONTO, July 6 (Reuters) – Maple Group Acquisition Corp is
confident its current bid for Toronto Stock Exchange operator
TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) will get both shareholder and regulatory
support, the consortium’s chief representative said.

London Stock Exchange’s (LSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research) rival friendly bid for TMX
collapsed a week ago when it became apparent it did not have
sufficient shareholder support to reach the two-thirds
threshold needed for it to go through.

Jul 6, 2011

Exclusive: Maple confident current TMX bid will succeed

TORONTO (Reuters) – Maple Group Acquisition Corp is confident its current bid for Toronto Stock Exchange operator TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will get both shareholder and regulatory support, the consortium’s chief representative said.

London Stock Exchange’s (LSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rival friendly bid for TMX collapsed a week ago when it became apparent it did not have sufficient shareholder support to reach the two-thirds threshold needed for it to go through.

Jul 6, 2011

Maple’s Bertrand confident TMX bid will succeed

TORONTO, July 6 (Reuters) – Maple Group Acquisition Corp is
confident it will get both shareholder and regulatory support
for its C$3.8 billion ($3.94 billion) takeover bid for Toronto
Stock Exchange operator TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research).

“Now that we’ve gone over the very important step of not
having the LSE proposal proceed … we’re of the view that the
70 percent (shareholder support) is, in terms of reaching it,
is very realistic,” Maple’s chief representative, Luc Bertrand,
told Reuters.

Jul 5, 2011

C$ slips as Portugal downgrade drags

TORONTO, July 5 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar slipped for
a second session against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday after a
major ratings agency downgraded Portugal and as soft euro zone
data and worries about China left investors cautious.

Moody’s Investors Service cut Portugal’s credit rating by
four levels into junk territory, saying there was great risk
the country would need a second round of financing before it
could return to capital markets. The news added to lingering
worries about Greece even as Athens narrowly averted a
default.

Jul 5, 2011

Tough competition czar next big hurdle for TMX bid

TORONTO, July 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s increasingly
aggressive competition watchdog, led by a tenacious former
litigator, poses a major hurdle for the bank-led consortium
trying to buy the country’s biggest stock market operator.

The Competition Bureau, led by Commissioner Melanie Aitken,
has proven its willingness to play hardball with major
opponents, slapping Canada’s biggest phone company with a
multimillion-dollar penalty and spurring its biggest airline to
shelve a major venture.

Jul 5, 2011

Analysis: Tough competition czar next big hurdle for TMX bid

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s increasingly aggressive competition watchdog, led by a tenacious former litigator, poses a major hurdle for the bank-led consortium trying to buy the country’s biggest stock market operator.

The Competition Bureau, led by Commissioner Melanie Aitken, has proven its willingness to play hardball with major opponents, slapping Canada’s biggest phone company with a multimillion-dollar penalty and spurring its biggest airline to shelve a major venture.

Jun 30, 2011

TMX stays mum on hostile Maple bid, focus on growth

TORONTO, June 30 (Reuters) – TMX Group (X.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), operator of
Canada’s largest stock exchange, isn’t ready to say how it will
respond to a hostile Canadian offer, a day after it scrapped a
planned C$3.6 billion tie-up with the London Stock Exchange
(LSE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Chief Executive Tom Kloet said on Thursday that the firm,
which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as the
smaller TSX Venture Exchange, was not in any kind of takeover
talks at present and was focusing on growth.

Jun 27, 2011

Time running out on LSE bid for TMX

TORONTO (Reuters) – The odds are stacked against the London Stock Exchange in its bid to take over the operator of Canada’s biggest stock exchange, amid vocal endorsements for its made-in-Canada rival from investors, a billionaire activist and provincial politicians.

The LSE offer is worth C$3.6 billion, including a cash dividend to TMX Group shareholders. A rival offer from a bank-led Canadian consortium comes in at around C$3.8 billion.

Jun 22, 2011

Sweetened TMX deal right for investors: Kloet

TORONTO (Reuters) – The London Stock Exchange’s decision to sweeten its bid for TMX Group, operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, shows the companies’ confidence in the deal, TMX Chief Executive Tom Kloet said on Wednesday.

The LSE revised its friendly takeover offer to include a special dividend of C$4 per TMX share and 84.1 pence per ordinary share of the LSE. That brings the value of the deal to $4.1 billion, which tops a hostile $3.8 billion bid from a consortium of Canadian financial institutions.

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