The national media has had a field day with Knutsford, the little leather company in Manchester that was subject to a reverse takeover by Maybeat (that is, Archie Norman, Julian Richer, Nick Leslau and Nigel Wray). The fact that these four, admittedly very smart, businessmen plan to use the company to buy up underperforming property and retail groups had the markets in a real tizzy, pushing the intraday value of the firm to £700m. The nationals slated the whole frenzy as “bubble mania”.Well, it all calmed down to sub-Internet flotation status by the end of play; but with Thursday’s trading again pushing the shares to the dizzy heights of 225p (for shame – the £5m-asset company is only worth £624m today), you have to wonder whether anyone’s actually reading the City Comment pages anymore.But since we’re in Wonderland, let’s just toss out a number you might want to watch for: Knutsford will have the same market capitalisation as Marks and Spencer as soon as the shares hit £28.50. Anyone for a call option?
View our archived webinar, including Oracle and a host of ‘Fast Data’ experts, to discover how financial professionals can help create a Fast Data business
Reinmoeller, professor of strategic management at Cranfield School of Management, has proposed an Eight Actions Model to help organisations increase margin and perform ahead of market expectations
When thinking about Iran as a potential market it’s important to go in with open eyes. This means being aware of some of the myths as well as being clear on the challenges
Third of UK companies with defined benefit pensions schemes are paying out more from their scheme in pensions than is being received in contributions