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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

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  • Saudi Arabian flag

    Saudi warms up with US$1bn IPO

    Top News | 18 April 2019

    Four years after Saudi Arabia opened up its stock exchange to international investors, mall operator Arabian Centres Company has launched the first IPO to seek international backing.

  • Manic week for Asian bond sales

    Finablr kicks off London IPO

    Ticker | 16 April 2019

    Pre-marketing began on Tuesday for the IPO of payments and foreign exchange company Finablr on the London Stock Exchange.

  • The Air France-KLM company logo

    Air France-KLM CB premium soars to 70%

    Top News | 22 March 2019

    Air France-KLM issued the first convertible bonds from France in nine months and secured a staggering 70% premium in the process. Its €500m seven-year, put five, convertible bond issue was launched with a 57.5%–65% premium to its current share price. In combination with the above-range premium, the coupon was set at 0.125%, the bottom of 0.125%–0.5% guidance.

  • Vodafone

    S&P rules Vodafone mandatory convertible bond is debt

    Ticker | 18 March 2019

    Vodafone will receive zero equity credit from S&P for its £3.44bn of mandatory convertible bonds. The €4bn-equivalent issue will part-fund the acquisition of assets from Liberty Global, with equity credit a crucial component in protecting the mobile network operator’s ratings.

  • Gavel

    UK law firm IPO defies Brexit turmoil

    Top News | 15 March 2019

    When law firm DWF Group filed its registration document at the start of February, the omens were not good for a UK IPO as it remained unclear if the UK would leave the European Union with a negotiated deal. Most bankers covering the UK were not keen to attempt an IPO in that climate.

  • UK and EU flags

    Ready, steady, hang on. Brexit moves on hold

    Top News | 08 March 2019

    “Will more than half your European clients be in the 27 remaining EU member countries after Brexit? Okay, you need to move to Frankfurt.”

  • Bharti Airtel plans Rs250bn rights share offer

    Vodafone secures £3.44bn for Liberty acquisitions

    Top News | 08 March 2019

    The UK still does not know how – or even whether – it will leave the European Union in three week’s time, yet Vodafone was able to issue the largest equity-linked deal ever seen in the UK to raise £3.44bn.

  • Metro Bank branch

    Metro Bank slumps ahead of rights issue

    Top News | 01 March 2019

    Metro Bank is focused on generating fans (or “FANS” as the word usually appears in Metro documentation) rather than clients or customers. But a near 40% slide in its share price over two days last week means few shareholders are likely to adopt that moniker.

  • Cellnex antennas

    Europe wakes with rush of rights issues

    Top News | 01 March 2019

    A trio of rights issues from European companies to finance acquisitions are providing some cheer after a slow start to the year in ECM.

  • UK fines fund manager for IPO misbehaviour

    People & Markets | 08 February 2019

    Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority has fined former Newton fund manager Paul Stephany £32,200 for attempting to influence the orders of other fund managers on an IPO and a placing in 2015.

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