Northern Ireland By John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor 28 November 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42144435 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Northern Ireland Water has bought back a Public … [Read more...] about NI Water buys back private sector projects
Why companies buy back shares
Elon Musk’s announcement that he was considering taking Tesla off the stock market should not have been a total surprise. If Musk goes through with his plan he will join a long line of entrepreneurs who have floated their businesses only to become frustrated by the demands of running a public company. Virgin’s Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner of Playboy and Michael Dell of the computer maker have all taken their companies private in the belief that they would fare better out of the glare of the markets. Other well-known brands taken private by founders after a spell as a public company include Iceland, Caffè Nero and Matalan – but Tesla is of a completely different scale and would require Musk raising tens of billions of dollars in funding. The main reasons for taking a company private include: Getting away from the glare of publicity A public company is just that – owned by external investors – mainly through pension and other investment funds that … [Read more...] about From Virgin to Tesla: why companies go cool on public ownership
US billionaire Stan Kroenke owns 67 percent of shares in The Gunners, through his company KSE, but he has reportedly done a deal to buy Uzbekistan-born Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov's 30 percent stake. The deal, which values the north London club at £1.8 billion (US$2.33 billion), marks the end of a decade-long battle for control of the club between Kroenke and Usmanov. In 2009 Kroenke bought enough shares to overtake Usmanov as the largest shareholder and two years later he bought a majority shareholding. Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is set to take full ownership of the football club in a deal valuing it at £1.8bn after the second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov indicated he would accept the offer — Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) 7 August 2018 Arsenal Have Fallen Behind Rivals But many Arsenal fans have accused the American of failing … [Read more...] about Stan’s Gunner Go for It: But Why Does Kroenke Want to Buy All Shares in Arsenal?
Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed a $25bn (£19bn) share buyback scheme after revealing a profits spike of 30 per cent in the second quarter. The figures Shell’s net income attributable to shareholders in the quarter, based on a current cost of supplies (CCS) and excluding identified items, was up 30 percent to $4.7bn on last year - although this missed analysts’ consensus of $5.97bn. The company said the earnings "reflected increased contributions from Integrated Gas and Upstream, partly offset by lower earnings in Downstream." Why it's interesting On the back of its success, Shell plans to buy back "at least" $25bn of its shares over the next two years, subject to further progress with debt reduction and oil price conditions. The first tranche will start today, with Shell agreeing to buy a maximum of $2bn over the next three months. What Shell said Chief executive Ben van Beurden said: “Today we are taking another important step towards the delivery of our … [Read more...] about Shell launches share buy-back programme as profits rise
People are worried about stock buybacks.One strain of thinking that I see a lot of these days is a sort of crypto-gig-utopianism. The idea here is that some modern technologies—the internet, which allows people all over the world to come together to do stuff; smartphones, which allow you to access that stuff instantly wherever you are; blockchain and cryptocurrencies, which allow distributed coordination among independent agents without a central coordinator who owns the results—have reduced transaction costs to the point that traditional firms are unnecessary. You don’t need a big corporation with a chief executive officer and layers of middle management and a human-resources department and stock options and a permanent headquarters to centrally plan and coordinate projects. People who want a project to happen can form an ad hoc team to do the project, and raise money from people who want it done, and do it, and receive the rewards, and move on to the … [Read more...] about Companies Keep Buying Back Stock