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Oct 23, 2013
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Li Ka-shing still has what investors want

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By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Li Ka-shing may be an octogenarian but he still knows when to buy and sell. An analysis of 16 listed parts of the Hong Kong tycoon’s telecoms-to-energy empire, with a combined market capitalization of more than $170 billion, shows a mixed record of delivering shareholder returns. Yet Li’s flagship holding companies have matched or beaten the market over the past two and five years. For investors, it pays to invest as close as possible to the man himself.

Oct 21, 2013
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Li Ka-shing still has options after ParknShop flop

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By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Li Ka-shing’s sale of ParknShop has flopped, but he still has other options. The tycoon’s holding company, Hutchison Whampoa, shelved a potential sale of the Hong Kong supermarket chain, after targeting an ambitious valuation of over $3 billion. But there are other ways to raise funds. ParknShop might be more palatable if Li can bundle it up with more attractive assets from his group.

Oct 16, 2013
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Thai mogul emerges on top in supermarket swap

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By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Thailand’s richest man has emerged on top in a Chinese supermarket swap. Dhanin Chearavanont, whose conglomerate picked up a stake in insurer Ping An and acquired cash-and-carry group Siam Makro earlier this year, is offloading the bulk of his loss-making retail operations in China in return for shares in local rival Wumart Stores. Both sides benefit from the deal worth HK2.9 billion ($373 million) but Dhanin is ahead by an aisle.

Oct 14, 2013
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Cooper-Apollo spat forces investors to pick lanes

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By Una Galani and Peter Thal Larsen

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Investors in Cooper Tire & Rubber are being forced to pick lanes. Legal wrangles have put Apollo Tyres’ agreed $2.5 billion offer for its U.S. rival in doubt, and tensions at its China joint venture have undermined Cooper’s value. But a negotiated price reduction still looks possible. Cooper shares may be pricing in too much bad news.

Oct 10, 2013
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China’s Bakrie burns may have less sting

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By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

China’s Bakrie burns may have less of a sting. Like financier Nat Rothschild, China Investment Corporation has been scorched by its association with Bumi Resources. Following a $1.3 billion debt swap, the sovereign fund has gone from a major creditor to minority investor in the Indonesian miner.

Oct 9, 2013

Corrected-BREAKINGVIEWS-Tyremaker takeover spat faces high toll

[Corrects to describe deal as "the second largest" takeover
of a U.S. company by an Indian company in fifth paragraph. A
previous version said "the largest".]

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The
opinions expressed are her own.)

Oct 7, 2013
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Tyremakers’ takeover spat faces high toll

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By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Apollo Tyres’ spat with its U.S. target could face a high toll. The Indian firm wants to renegotiate its $2.5 billion takeover of Cooper Tire & Rubber following protracted disputes with workers in the United States and China. Cooper has gone to court to force its suitor to pay up. In this fight, a compromise looks like the least bad outcome.

Oct 3, 2013
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Tokyo Electron takeover is no template for Japan

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By Una Galani
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Foreign acquirers have long-struggled to make headway in Japan. That makes Applied Material’s recent takeover of Tokyo Electron an interesting case study. The U.S. tech firm wooed its smaller rival with an all-stock merger and the promise of shared governance. However, the model may not work so easily elsewhere.

Sep 26, 2013

Sharp’s $1.7 bln share sale won’t restore its edge

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expressed are her own.)

By Una Galani

HONG KONG, Sept 26 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Sharp’s
(6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research) $1.7 billion share sale won’t restore its edge. The
troubled electronics firm is taking advantage of Japan’s
Abenomics-inspired stock market rally to raise cash from
shareholders. After tapping Qualcomm (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Samsung
(005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) for relatively small amounts in the past year,
Sharp is now offering new shares worth about 40 percent of its
market value to reduce net debt by 16 percent. That will shore
up but not repair its balance sheet.

Sep 17, 2013

Apollo Tyres’ $2.5 bln takeover is piling up risks

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The
opinions expressed are her own.)

By Una Galani

HONG KONG, Sept 17 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Apollo Tyres’
$2.5 billion takeover of its U.S. rival looks
increasingly rickety. The Indian firm may need an agreement with
unions at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. after a U.S.
arbitrator ruled the workforce had the right to block part of
the deal. If a solution raises costs, Apollo will have even less
room for error when it comes to servicing the transaction’s
hefty debt.

    • About Una

      "Una Galani is Asia Corporate Finance Columnist of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Hong Kong. She spent three years in Dubai covering the region’s economies in the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring. Previously, Una wrote on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and telecoms across Europe from London. She was commended in the category of Young Financial Journalist at the Harold Wincott Awards for 2009 after joining Breakingviews in 2006. Una read English Literature at Oxford. Follow Una on Twitter @ugalani"
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