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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

Trump’s First Year Cements M&A Boom, Will it Last?

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Despite a recent downdraft in the stock market, economic signs suggest that the nation has prospered since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected. His first year was marked by mega mergers and acquisitions, and renewed hopes for deregulation and tax relief. M&A deals totaled US$ 1.2 trillion in the year since Trump was elected in a stunning upset, which compelled former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pen the book, “What Happened.” The total number of deals also set a record. In sum, nearly 13,000 deals have been made between the election and the end of the 2017 calendar year. Business sentiment was clearly buoyed by Trump’s election, with investors and organizations cheering the business-friendly environment to come. Unemployment dropped to a low of 4.1% in 2017, before further falling to 3.7% in 2018. This has been described as “full employment.” The unemployment rate will only fall to a certain level because there are always employees looking for something new and leaving jobs they hold. The stock market has also done well under Trump. Not since the 1960’s was volatility as low as it was during the early part of his presidency. Even with the swoon over the last several weeks, the market is still up substantially since Trump’s election. Despite consistent pessimistic headlines on major financial news sites, Amazon is still moving ahead with its massive #2 headquarters, while Google is planning a gigantic development in his core home of Mountain View, California.

Yet, controversy swirls as former U.S. President Barack Obama declared, “When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started.” [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ayatollah Khamenei Orders Central Bank Governor to Increase Value of the Rial

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Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei requested the Central Bank of Iran to boost the value of the Iranian rial, according to the central bank’s governor. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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SWFI First Read, December 8, 2018

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UBS Trumbull Property Fund Faces Redemption, MassPRIM Benefits

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (Mass PRIM) Allianz Real Estate, and Beacon Capital Partners acquired the Exchange Place skyscraper in Boston has been sold for US$ 845 million from UBS Realty Investors. UBS Realty, part of UBS Group AG, acquired the 53 State Street office tower in December 2011 from Brookfield Office Properties for US$ 610 million. Tenants of the property include Morgan Stanley, The Boston Globe, Hill Holliday, and Nixon Peabody. The property was a major holding of the open-ended fund called UBS Trumbull Property Fund.

MassPRIM will own 49% of the property.

Tower Hamlets Pension Fund Awards Equity Protection Mandate to Schroders

In September 2018, Tower Hamlets Pension Fund awarded Schroders with a mandate for a risk management solution for £700 million in an equity protection strategy. This covers about half of the fund’s portfolio of £1.4 billion. The pension fund’s consultant is Mercer.

Ebola Spreads in the Congo

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in world history has spread to Butembo, a city in eastern Congo with more than 1 million inhabitants.

NZSF Board Member Joins Board of NZX

The NZX (New Zealand Stock Exchange) board of directors named Lindsay Wright as lead independent director. She is Deputy Chair of the Board of the Guardians of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

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