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Opinion: BBC divides. In Scotland, who will rule?

15 April 2015 | analyst insight

LIBERUM OPINION: Ian Whittaker, Media Analyst & CItyAM Analyst of the Year

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One difference that has emerged from the main parties’ manifestos is their approach to the future of the BBC. There may be some significant developments here, depending of course on who forms the core of the next government.

Ian Whittaker (1)

On face value, a Labour government might seem best for the BBC. It flagged the current TV system as “one of Britain’s greatest strengths” and that the BBC “makes a vital contribution to the richness of our cultural life, and we will ensure that it continues to do so while delivering value for money”.

More fundamentally, Labour backs the £145.50 licence fee and would presumably be open to modest increases.

Yet there may be a fly in the ointment for the BBC under a Labour-led government: BBC Scotland.

The Scottish National Party sees it as a nest of Unionist vipers and has demanded that authority over the BBC in Scotland be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.

That bodes ill for the BBC.

The Conservatives, on the other hand, have pledged to freeze the licence fee at its current levels, with some suggesting this would mean a 25% cut in real terms if it was extended over Parliament’s lifetime.

This would presumably mean more cost cuts at the BBC.

However, it has left open the prospect of changes to the BBC’s funding structure pending Charter renewal.  

Finally, on Channel 4, Labour has committed to keeping it within state ownership, while the Conservatives are silent on the matter.

Do not be surprised if a Conservative-led government tries to privatise Channel 4. 

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Town Centre Securities names Liberum Corporate Broker

13 April 2015 | Corporate Brokerships

Town Centre Securities PLC (Ticker: TCSC LN), a Leeds-based Real Estate Investment Trust with a market capitalisation of £167m, has named Liberum as its sole Corporate Broker.

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The company, listed on the premium segment of the Main Market, is a property investor and car park operator providing residential, office and commercial accommodation through a high-quality portfolio of over £300m that delivers an annual income of more than £22m.

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It creates mixed use developments close to transport hubs and has a regional focus in Leeds, Manchester and Scotland. 

The Company was floated on the LSE in 1960.

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Liberum Sole Bookrunner on £45m placing for Real Estate Investors plc

26 March 2015 | Corporate Brokerships

Liberum was Sole Bookrunner Thursday on a £45m placing of new ordinary shares in West Midlands property group Real Estate Investors plc (Ticker: RLE LN), the proceeds of which are to help it purchase property across the region.

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“The new capital will allow us to grow the company further, continue with our progressive dividend policy and secure capital growth in a robust regional economy,” Paul Bassi, Real Estate Investors Chief Executive, said in a statement.

Admission and settlement takes place April 14.

Liberum is sole broker to the company.

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Liberum Joint Bookrunner on £50m placing for fastjet plc

01 April 2015 | Advisory Work

Liberum is Joint Bookrunner and Global Co-ordinator on today's £50m placing of new ordinary shares in AIM-listed low-cost African airline fastjet plc (Ticker: FJET LN).

Fastjet

The proceeds are to be used to grow fastjet's operations in Tanzania and launch new ones, first in Zambia and Zimbabwe followed by Kenya and South Africa.

The company plans to grow its fleet of leased and owned aircraft to 34 by 2018 from three currently and the new funds raised will help purchase used Airbus A319 aircraft.

Admission and settlement of placing shares is expected April 22 subject to a General Meeting on April 20.

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Liberum Joint Bookrunner on £20m placing for quantum dot maker Nanoco

31 March 2015 | Corporate Brokerships

Liberum is today joint bookrunner on an approximately £20m placing of ordinary shares in AIM-listed Nanoco Group plc (Ticker: NANO LN) which is to be deployed mainly to fund the completion of the commercialisation of cadmium-free quantum dots, or CFQDs, for the display market.

Nanoco CFQD 

You can find out more about Manchester-based Nanoco's business here >

Nanoco

The placing of the shares to institutional investors is at 105 pence/share and admission and settlement is due May 1.

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Sirius Minerals places £15.8m in new shares, Liberum is Joint Bookrunner

11 March 2015 | Corporate Brokerships

Liberum was joint bookrunner in a placing March 11 of approximately £15.8m of new ordinary shares in AIM-listed Sirius Minerals plc (Ticker: SXX LN). The placing was at 7p a share.

"We are pleased to announce the result of today's significantly oversubscribed placing and acknowledge the significant support shown by both new and existing shareholders," Sirius CEO Chris Fraser said.

"The proceeds raised not only strengthen the balance sheet but also allow us to maintain the development momentum at our flagship York Potash Project," he added. 

The project has the world's largest and highest grade deposit of polyhalite, a multi-nutrient form of potash containing potassium, sulphur, magnesium and calcium.

Liberum is Joint Broker to the company.

Company web site: http://www.siriusminerals.com/

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