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Mobile masts giant Arqiva eyes £6bn float

Mobile masts giant Arqiva eyes £6bn float

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The communications infrastructure giant which owns thousands of mobile‎ phone masts across Britain has lined up a quartet of banks to prepare a bumper London stock market listing.Sky News has learnt that Arqiva, which is owned by a consortium of Australian and Canadian investors, has appointed Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan to oversee the plan.The recruitment of the syndicate of banks comes as Arqiva's existing shareholders hold talks with a number of infrastructure investors which have expresed buying the company.The so-called dual-track process - which could result in either a float or a sale of Arqiva - is at an early stage and may not be concluded until next year.Arqiva operates more than 8,000 sites across the UK‎, with its mobile masts used by customers including EE, O2 ...
Ministers eye £6bn Bradford & Bingley sale

Ministers eye £6bn Bradford & Bingley sale

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The Government is targeting a bigger-than-expected sale of mortgage loans taken on by taxpayers during the financial crisis amid continued doubt about the proceeds it will receive from its vast stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).Sky News has learnt that ministers are preparing to sell a £6bn portfolio of buy-to-let and residential mortgages, the vast majority of which were issued by Bradford & Bingley (B&B).Sources said that a smaller chunk of the loan-book being put up for sale relates to assets acquired from GMAC-RFC and Kensington Mortgages before the banking crisis emerged in the UK in 2007, when Northern Rock found itself unable to fund itself in wholesale financing markets.The Treasury had originally identified about £3bn of mortgages to be sold later this year, with Morga...