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IPIC Launches Public Takeover Bid on 100% of CEPSA’s Share Capital

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The press release states, “the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), which currently owns 47.06% of CEPSA’s share capital, has announced today, through a significant event filed with the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV), that it will launch a public takeover bid on the entire share capital of CEPSA. The offer price will be €28 per share, which assumes a €0.50 dividend that CEPSA will pay out prior to the settlement of the takeover bid (otherwise, the price would be adjusted so that the amount received by shareholders who accept the offer, adding up the price plus the dividend, would be €28.50 per share).

  • TOTAL has undertaken to tender all of the shares it owns in CEPSA in this offer, representing 48.83% of the share capital
  • The offer price has been set at €28 per share, plus a dividend of €0.50 which will be paid out to shareholders before the settlement of the bid
  • The transaction is conditional on obtaining all the required approvals and clearances from the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV) and the competition authorities

As a result, the total deal would be valued at approximately €3,970 million if the offer were to be accepted by all shareholders. TOTAL has irrevocably undertaken to tender all of the shares it owns in this offer, equivalent to 48.83% of CEPSA’s share capital. These shares are held by TOTAL through its subsidiary Odival. The takeover bid, apart from requiring authorization from the Spanish Securities Market Commission, CNMV, must also obtain the necessary approvals and clearances from the competition authorities.”

Read more: CEPSA Press Release

RDIF and Aggreko Reveal Strategic Partnership on Microgrids

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Glasgow-based Aggreko plc, a listed company that provides power, heating and cooling, signed a deal to cooperate on the development of microgrids. The parties plan to invest in the construction of facilities that will provide uninterrupted power supply and temperature control to industrial enterprises and utilities in the Russian regions. Aggreko operates one of its 6 global hubs in Tyumen, Western Siberia, through an entity called Aggreko Evraziya, OOO. In 2017, Aggreko plc acquired Younicos, a company specialized in the development of modular batteries and Microgrids control solutions.

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China and Russia Buy Up More Physical Gold

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The worst fears of the Federal Reserve may be coming true. The barbarous relic is once again offering some resistance to Fed policy as it maintains its uptrend from mid-November, and is being snapped up from central banks worldwide. Former Fed chairman Paul Volcker shared the central bank view that “Gold was the enemy.” If so, the enemy is gaining ground. China’s gold reserves quietly grew from December 2018 to February 2019. The People’s Bank of China disclosed in February 2019 that it increased its gold reserves by 10 tonnes that month, following purchases of 11.8 tonnes in January 2019, and 9.95 tonnes in December 2018. Goldman Sachs has listed central bank purchasing as the reason for the uptrend. Goldman Sachs expects to see gold at US$ 1,400 over the next six months, which would lift it well above its long-held resistance at US$ 1,350. China’s gold holdings are now US$ 79.5 billion. China, which is emphasizing diversification from the U.S. dollar, has been a fan of precious metals for years, and it has been encouraging its citizens to purchase gold and silver for a decade, when previous controls on precious metals were done away with. Now anyone in China can trade gold internationally with the swipe of a card.

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AP1 Selects Approved Managers for Emerging Market Equities Mandate

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Sweden’s AP1 chose 14 external fund managers for its 45.3 billion SEK allocation to emerging market equities. These are approved managers for AP1, but not all of them will manage money for this mandate.

The managers selected are:
Aberdeen Standard Investments
BlackRock
First State Investments
Fisher Asset Management (Fisher Investments)
GMO
GQG Partners
JP Morgan Asset Management
KBI Global Investors
Legal & General Investment Management
RBC Global Asset Management (part of Royal Bank of Canada)
Robeco
TOBAM
UBS Asset Management
Wellington Management

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