Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Ducat Ventures LSE:DUC London Ordinary Share GB00B57QBG80 ORD 0.01P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 0.055p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:37:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 0.0 -2.2 2.3 0.0 0.61

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someuwin: Ducat Ventures Plc ("Company") Suspension The Company notes the recent rise in its share price. The Company confirms that it is in discussions in relation to a possible transaction which, if completed, would constitute a reverse transaction pursuant to the AIM Rules. Consequently, the Company has requested that its shares are temporarily suspended, pending a further announcement. Enquiries:
adh0: From the FT: Durlacher, the boutique investment bank that rose and fell with the dotcom bubble, on Thursday revealed that it was in takeover talks with a third party. The shares were suspended at 108½p, capitalising the company at £21.5m as Durlacher said it was discussing a proposal to merge with a larger, privately owned company keen to retain Durlacher's listing on the UK stock market. The announcement spurred speculation that it had been approached by Icelandic banks known to have ambitions to expand into the UK. The specialist financials sector is ripe for consolidation, said analysts. There has been a proliferation of small brokerships setting up over the past few years and not all of them can survive, they said. Smaller brokers are struggling to gain critical mass while others, which have built up cash reserves and taken heart from the recovery in stock market activity, have started to look at strategic acquisitions. "The broking sector may be a very different landscape by the end of this year," said Jeremy Grime, analyst at Altium Securities. This week, Durlacher's share price jumped 9 per cent to 101p on rumours that it would be subject of a takeover bid. Durlacher, whose market capitalisation touched £2bn at the height of the technology boom, has suffered a series of setbacks since the bubble collapsed and tech stocks tumbled. The group has worked hard to broaden its client base since then and has about 48 corporate broking clients. However, it was hit again last October when Christopher Stainforth, chief executive, resigned abruptly. The attraction of Durlacher, said brokers, lies in its tax losses on trading of £10m - the company reported retained losses of £48m at the end of June - and £8m in cash. Some analysts have suggested Durlacher might be considering a tie-up with Williams de Broe, the broker owned by the Dutch bank ING, which failed to pull off a £42m management buy-out in 2002. Speculation has also centred round the intentions of Kaupthing and Landsbanki, the Icelandic banks. Kaupthing has indicated that it would be keen to obtain a UK listing, possibly through an acquisition, as well as a UK banking and broking licence. In October, Landsbanki was rebuffed by Numis, the UK broker specialising in insurance, energy and media. Shares in Secure Trust, which owns broker Arbuthnot Securities, were up 9 per cent on Thursday on rumours that it might be looking at ways of demerging Arbuthnot.
dodgyroger2: Durlacher in bid talks Guy Dresser, This is Money, 13 January 2005 MINI-investment bank Durlacher admitted today that it is in early stage bid talks. The market had been awash with rumours since Tuesday when the company's share price jumped 8%. Durlacher shares were suspended this morning and there was no word on the likely bidder. However, Simon Hirst, the firm's former head of corporate finance took over from chief executive Christopher Stainforth in December. Hirst is known to have been looking for a tie-up with another small City outfit. And corporate finance sources suggested that rival broker WH Ireland might be interested in making a bid. In a statement to the stock market, Durlacher said the potential acquisition, if successful, would constitute a reverse takeover but there was no guarantee that the early-stage talks would actually result in an agreed transaction. Another rumour, considered less likely following Durlacher's statement, had suggested an Icelandic bank. D2
dfgo: 13 January 2005 Durlacher Corporation Plc Acquisition discussions The Board of Directors of Durlacher Corporation Plc notes the recent rise in its share price and advises that it is in preliminary discussions with a third party regarding a potential acquisition that would constitute a reverse takeover under the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority. Talks are progressing in good faith on both sides. However, given the early stage of these discussions there can be no assurance that any transaction will be completed. A further announcement will be made in due course as soon as technically practicable. Enquiries: David Rydell, Bell Pottinger Financial Tel: 020 7861 3232 END
adh0: "The Board of Directors of Durlacher Corporation Plc notes the recent rise in its share price and advises that it is in preliminary discussions with a third party regarding a potential acquisition that would constitute a reverse takeover under the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority. Talks are progressing in good faith on both sides. However, given the early stage of these discussions there can be no assurance that any transaction will be completed."
maut too: I wouldn't trust mitzis from todays Indy Durlacher cash denial Even after last Friday's statement from Durlacher, rumours that the stockbroker is looking to raise fresh cash refused to go away. The company was forced to put out the statement after a sharp drop in its share price, but the update failed to spark much of a rally. This is partly because Durlacher's rather wordy release to the Stock Exchange failed to deny the fund raising speculation outright. So here it is on the record from a spokesperson for the broker: "Durlacher is not looking to raise new money. "
maut too: CAS Durlacher Corp : Note share price decline 03-Dec-2004 16:05 Durlacher Corporation note today's decline in the Company's share price and the steady decline during the course of this week to date. The Directors draw attention to the Company's trading update released on 8th November 2004 which stated that revenue for the six months to 31st December 2004 is likely to exceed the reported revenue for the six months to Jun. 30 2004. The Directors are pleased to report that since Nov. 8, 2004, the Company has continued to trade strongly and it is expected that further transactions will be completed before the end of the year. As at Nov. 30, 2004, the Company's cash balance was approximately #8.1m. At the same date, net current assets were approximately #10.7m and net assets stood at approximately #10.4m, in each case having accrued for key staff retention bonuses and having provided for a significant proportion of the costs associated with the cost reduction and restructuring process referred to above. ICV Edited News from Dow Jones 1605 GMT Dec 03 2004
plexi: Clearly from the sentiments expressed here and by the share price's reaction today Stainforth will not be missed. Market cap is £14m, cash in bank is £8m. Business still making losses. The interim statement notably quiet abt new business. Of course they'll save £350k on Stainforth's salary, but no doubt that will be gobbled up in rises for the Hirst twins who have taken over (wd be heartening to read an official statement to the contrary) and no doubt Stainforth has negotiated himself a generous pay-off (if the board could be persuaded to give him a raise from £200k to £350k, then it is sensible to assume that he has also got a generous payoff coming). When the finals come out expect a kitchen sink post-Stainforth set of results which will probably tip the share price south. So what next for shareholders? 1) Nothing happens, the new team grow the business slowly and the share price recovers or 2)A merger/bid. Probables: merger with Seymour Pierce or a takeout by Evolution or possibly even Numis).
dmhzx: Don't say you weren't warned. Fine tooth comb and smokescreen------ I just read the post which pasted Mr Caplin's words, highlighting a loss of only 300K, talking of profits in the previous quarter, and just after someone else saying the loss widened to 5.7 million. We have three AFX bulletins with different interpretations of the same figures - Durlacher reports 1.69 loss vs 4.04 loss Durlacher increases H1 profit Durlacher reports narrowing H1 loss And several postings claiming a 'wider' loss of £5.7 million. Can these all be about the same company? How hard is it to tell the difference between an increased profit, a 1.69 million loss and a 5.7 million loss? They raised £10 million in a placing at £1.25 in the last six months, are already down to 8.5 million left, and those placed shares have lost nearly 40% of their value. Is it any wonder some big sells are coming through. If the city people can't agree how the company is doing, how clear can the company statement be. Two reasons spring to mind for a statement with so many differing interpretations a) Deliberate obfuscation b) Incompetence. Some of the institutution are now feeling just as shafted as the private shareholders. And what happens to a company share price if the board merrily shafts ALL its shareholders? Have a look at the graph. How much confidence are the directors showing with their impressively large share purchaes??? A cynic might suggest that the management are setting things up for low priced buy out. As for the FSA, they may have been informed about something, it's hard to be 'aware' if you've turned your deaf ear and blind eye to it. The FSA are only interested in easy targets and trivial deviations from hideously complicated anti money laundering procedures. What did they do recently about a 'nominated advisor' who shorted one of their own AIM clients shares to the tune of 4 times the entire market cap of the company?? They managed to convince themselves that nothing untoward had happened.
mreadman: you can talk about the NAV till your blue in the face most off you don't take account of the external factors that are at work if you went on net asset value all the firms duc now say they are grouped with i.e private wealth/investment banking would be trading at higher prices and lets face it every firm in there new sector have better long term base than duc. the NAV per share has only risen because off the consildation if you factor back to pre consolidation the NAV was pennies the only things that are going to change duc's share price is how the market views the firm and not the NAV. i.e: brewin dolphin nav 41p share price 36p aberdeen asset nav 118p share price 73p seymour pierce nav 3.56p share price 5.5p singer & friedlander nav 176p share price 139p these are just the first few sector competitors you can see the only other firm to trade at a premium is seymour pierce and thanks boosted by current takeover rumours like adh0 says the premium now is 60p to nav when you compare duc at this piont in time even the greatest optimist could not argue that it diserves such a high premium when you compare it to the rest off the sector, any firm can minipulate the nav per share if it does such a large consilidation it's just an accounting trick which means nothing to the market traders who really move share prices.
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