(Bloomberg) -- It was only in November last year when Dechra Pharmaceuticals, the pet medicine maker, was a member of the FTSE 100, with a peak market cap of about £5.8 billion. Fast forward to this morning, now a member of the FTSE 250, when they agreed to a £4.5 billion takeover deal from Swedish investment firm EQT — a lower price to the offer on the table a few months ago.
Here’s the key business news from London this morning:
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Dechra Pharmaceuticals Plc: The veterinary drugmaker agreed a takeover deal with EQT AB, valuing the company’s share capital at about £4.5 billion, one of the largest UK take-private deals this year.
- At 3,875 pence per share, the price is lower than the level disclosed in mid-April, when the two companies said they were in talks at 4,070 pence a share
Permanent TSB Group Holdings Plc: Both the Irish government and NatWest Group Plc sold a €110.5 million stake in the Irish bank overnight.
- The placing was priced at €2.025 per share, a discount of about 8% to the company’s last closing price
Dalata Hotel Group Plc: The Irish hotel chain has agreed to buy the Apex Hotel London Wall for £53.4 million, the group’s fifth hotel in London.
- The deal is expected to complete the deal in July, and it’ll be rebranded as Clayton Hotel London Wall
Rishi Sunak is trying to repair the UK’s relationship with China without being seen doing it. The British Prime Minister has in recent weeks sent a trade minister to Hong Kong while his envoy to the former colony called for handling more disagreements with Beijing behind closed doors. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is expected to make a trip to China in the coming months.
Elsewhere in politics, Sunak’s administration has also refused a demand from the UK’s Covid-19 inquiry to hand over former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages and pandemic diaries, setting up a legal battle that risks amplifying accusations of a cover-up.
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Meanwhile, the UK housing market is sputtering again, with economists predicting the downturn has further to run as rising interest rates bite into the budgets of consumers. The warning comes after reports Thursday showed house prices resumed their decline last month and mortgage approvals unexpectedly fell in April. Households repaid mortgage debt at an historic pace.
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