3i group plc (TGOPF) Key Developments
EDF Part Of Bidding Group For Stake In Eurostar
Jan 30 15
EDF (EDF.PA) is part of a consortium led by GIC Pte. Ltd looking to buy a 40% stake in Eurostar International Ltd. which the British government has put up for sale, the Les Echos newspaper reported. At least five non-binding offers had been shortlisted for the stake in the service, with a deadline of February 23, 2015 to submit firm offers. The candidates still in the running include a consortium put together by 3i Group plc (LSE:III) and Predica Prevoyance Dialogue du Credit Agricole S.A. as well as an alliance between Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited. The Netherlands rail business had however dropped from the race. SNCF International SA, which owns 55% of Eurostar and the Belgian government, which holds 5% stake have decided not to bid.
3i Group plc Announces Financial Results as at December 31, 2014
Jan 29 15
3i Group plc announced financial results as at December 31, 2014. Net debt as at 31 December 2014 was £76 million, representing gearing of 2% compared to September 2014 of £161 million. The reduction is driven by the net realisation proceeds received during the period. Diluted NAV per share increased by 5% to 375 pence as at 31 December 2014, before payment of interim fiscal 2015 dividend of 6.0 pence per share on 7 January 2015.
Swedegas Indicative Bids Reportedly Due On Jan 19
Jan 14 15
Interested parties should submit their indicative bids for Swedegas AB on January 19, financial and corporate intelligence provider Mergermarket reported, citing informed sources. 3i Group plc (LSE:III) will join forces with First State Investments to bid for the business, three people said, adding that Infracapital is also interested in placing an offer.
3i Group plc to Report Q3, 2015 Interim Management Statement on Jan 29, 2015
Jan 7 15
3i Group plc announced that they will report Q3, 2015 interim management statement on Jan 29, 2015
SNCF Reportedly Eyeing Eurostar
Dec 18 14
Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) is planning to acquire a stake in Eurostar Group Limited. Les Echos reported that SNCF is considering using its pre-emption purchase rights on the Eurostar train service in order to block certain bidders for the stake put up for sale by the British government. The report added that government was about to name a shortlist of bidders for its 40% stake in Eurostar. The stake went up for sale in October 2014 and sources said that it could raise £300 million for the stake. Les Echos said that one bidder was a consortium put together by 3i Group plc (LSE:III) and Credit Agricole S.A.’s (ENXTPA:ACA) Predica (Crédit Agricole Assurances SA). A second has been assembled by GIC Pte. Ltd., it added. A Chinese bidder and a Netherlands rail business were also on the shortlist, the report mentioned. It further mentioned that SNCF was not immediately reachable for comment.