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Corporate Financing Analysis - France Injects Further Privatisation Momentum - 23 JAN 2017

With its unwanted status as being one of the few European Union (EU) member states whose primary fiscal balance (which excludes debt servicing costs) remains in deficit, France needs to do something about it, and injecting renewed energy into a privatisation strategy is one quick way in which the state can raise funds to plug holes in its balance sheet.

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Corporate Financing Analysis - France The Cream Of The PE Returns Crop - 30 JUNE 2014

Over a ten-year period, France has proven to be the developed market nation providing the highest private equity returns. According to research by the French Private Equity Association (AFIC) and EY in association with Thomson Reuters, the French PE market has generated a 10.7% net IRR over the last ten years. While not known for its business friendly environment, we note that this IRR ranks...

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Corporate Financing Analysis - Neo Acquisition Highlights Importance Of Metro Bandwidth Markets - 05 MAY 2014

Zayo Group's acquisition of Paris-based Neo Telecoms highlights the growing importance of Europe's metropolitan and long-haul bandwidth infrastructure and services markets to global players. Neo Telecom's extensive fibre-optic footprint and well-entrenched position in the co-location and managed services and solutions markets will improve Zayo's exposure to the region's metropolitan and long-ha...

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Corporate Financing Analysis - Consumer Choice Strengthened By Numericable-SFR Deal - 14 APR 2014

Our view that financially-troubled Vivendi would prefer to sell its flagship telecoms business to broadband cable operator Numericable rather than to rival Bouygues has played out. A EUR13.5bn (USD18.5bn) cash and shares deal has been struck, with Vivendi confirming that lighter and faster regulatory scrutiny of a deal with Numericable was a key factor in its decision, in line with our expectat...

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