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SAP Recommends Dividend

SAP software

WALLDORF, Germany, Feb. 23, 2017 – The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) recommend that shareholders approve a dividend of €1.25 per share for the fiscal year 2016 at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. [Read more…]

NISABA, Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa

Louis Dreyfus

Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa – Bamboo Finance, a private equity firm specializing in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in developing economies and Louis Dreyfus Holding, which owns a controlling stake in leading global agribusiness Louis Dreyfus Commodities, announced today a partnership to launch and jointly manage NISABA, a US$50 million impact investment fund project with a focus on small- and medium-sized agribusiness enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. As project sponsor, Louis Dreyfus Holding will invest US$10 million to seed NISABA. [Read more…]

Carl Icahn invests in Apple

Carl Icahn

Activist investor Carl Icahn picked up another $500 million of Apple Inc shares on Thursday to take his investment in the iPhone maker to $3.6 billion, while ratcheting up his months-long campaign to pry open the company’s cash hoard. [Read more…]

JPMorgan agress to settlement


JPMorgan agrees $13 billion settlement with U.S. over bad mortgages [Read more…]

Millions Toward Proprietary Investments

investment corporation

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 27, 2013 – FS Investment Corporation, a business development company focused primarily on investing in the debt securities of private U.S. companies, announced today that it committed over $200 million toward proprietary investments in middle market companies during the month of July. [Read more…]

Opportunities in Indonesia

Opportunities for Global Investors in Indonesia

IDX - Indonesia Stock Exchange

When Asian governments want to give extra stimulus to their economies, they often opt for massive spending on infrastructure – roads, railways, ports, air terminals, bridges, power plants, hospitals. That generates immediate demand for labour and locally-produced materials. Unlike the welfare handouts preferred in the West, it’s a long-term investment in greater economic output. [Read more…]

Opportunities In Agriculture Sector

Agriculture sector

Agriculture sector

Increasing Demand For ‘Food, Fuel And Feed’ Driving Opportunities In The Global Agriculture Sector [Read more…]

ING Insurance Units In Hong Kong

ING To Sell Insurance Units In Hong Kong

ING sells to Pacific Century Group

ING sells to Pacific Century Group

– Units sold in combined transaction to Pacific Century Group
– ING to receive total cash consideration of USD 2.14 billion (EUR 1.64 billion)
– Transaction expected to deliver net gain of approximately EUR 1 billion
– Process to sell remaining Asian Insurance/Investment Management units on-going

ING announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its life insurance, general insurance, pension and financial planning units in Hong Kong and Macau, and its life insurance operation in Thailand to Pacific Century Group (PCG) for a combined consideration of USD 2.14 billion (EUR 1.64 billion) in cash.

The agreement is part of the previously announced intended divestment of ING’s Asian insurance and investment management activities. In this context, ING announced last week it reached an agreement to sell its Malaysian insurance activities for approximately EUR 1.3 billion. The process for the remaining businesses is on-going. Further announcements will be made if and when appropriate.

“We are pleased to have found in Pacific Century Group a good home for our customers, employees and agents with the ambition to continue to expand the businesses in these countries,”  said Jan Hommen, CEO of ING Group. “This transaction underscores the steady progress we continue to make in our restructuring.”

The agreement values ING’s Hong Kong, Macau and Thai combined life insurance businesses at 24.3x estimated 2012 earnings and 1.9x estimated 2012 book value of EUR 865 million, both on an IFRS basis. Earnings until closing are to the benefit of PCG. At closing, ING expects the transaction to deliver a net gain of approximately EUR 1 billion.

ING is a top 10 life insurer in Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. In Hong Kong and Macau, where ING offers general and life insurance products as well as pension and financial planning services, ING serves more than 270,000 customers through approximately 400 employees and 1,600 tied agents. In Thailand, where ING offers life insurance as well as pension products, ING serves more than 300,000 customers through about 480 employees and over 4,000 tied agents.

PCG is a private firm founded in 1993 by Richard Li. Over the years, PCG has built interests in financial services, real estate, satellite communications, media and telecommunication services in Asia. Richard Li is the Chairman of HKT, the largest telecom operator in Hong Kong, and the major shareholder of PineBridge Investments, a U.S.-based asset manager with USD 68 billion under management globally.

ING Investment Management’s funds management businesses in Hong Kong and Thailand are outside the scope of this transaction. The transaction announced today does not impact ING’s Asian banking activities.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013.

World Bank chief prioritises tackling growth

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Washington – On his first day as president of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim stressed the role of the 188-member organisation in helping address global growth risks and providing development assistance. [Read more…]

Investment theory

Investment Skills

Investment Skills

New research by two American experts has demolished the key belief of efficient market theory, which several generations of students were taught as the foundation of their investment skills, that high reward is the consequence of accepting greater risk.

Their study of 21 developed and 12 emerging markets that lower-risk low-volatility stocks consistently delivered market-beating returns.

Between 1990 and 2011 the least-volatile decile of developed nations’ shares generated total returns averaging 8.7 per cent a year, while the most-volatile produced a negative 8.8 per cent a year. In the US alone, the comparable figures were a positive 12 per cent average and a negative 7 per cent.

One of the researchers, Robert Haugen, of a California-based research house, says the outperformance by low-risk stocks in every country contradicts “the very core of finance,” turning upside-down the theory about risk and return.

CopyRight – OnTarget 2012 by Martin Spring

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