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Analyst Robin Byde at brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald said that while the medium-term issue remained how fast Royal Mail can grow its parcels business to offset falling letter volumes, the valuation range made it attractive versus European peers such as Austrian Post and Belgium’s bpost. “The headline really is that it’s priced to go,” Byde said, estimating Royal Mail was valued on a forward price-to-earnings multiple of around 8 times versus an average of about 10 for the European sector. “We would expect it to debut pretty well.” Royal Mail follows the initial public offering of bpost in June and comes after stronger equity markets have helped revive new listings in Europe this year. European firms have raised $15.9 billion from flotations in the first nine months, three times the year-ago level, according to Thomson Reuters data. The sale is the fourth time Britain has tried to privatise Royal Mail, which traces its origins back to 1516 when mail was delivered by horse from King Henry VIII’s court. Three selloff attempts in the last 19 years have failed due to opposition from within the governing majority, which feared an electoral backlash from tampering with a revered institution whose red post-boxes are known around the world. The latest sale effort has been criticised by the current opposition Labour party and unions, who on Friday sent out ballot papers for strike action. The ballot will close on Oct. 16, five days after Royal Mail is scheduled to make its stock market debut, with the earliest possible strike date being Oct. 23. UNDER PRESSURE Labour, which polls show is the frontrunner to win the next election, has come under pressure from its union backers and party activists to pledge to renationalise Royal Mail. While it has not ruled this out, Labour said it would be irresponsible to do so without knowing how much it could cost. The head of equities at a UK fund manager said Labour leader Ed Milliband’s promise earlier this week to freeze energy prices for 20 months if his party wins power in May 2015 may have made Royal Mail more attractive to some investors. “The income fund managers are quite intrigued by it (Royal Mail),” said the manager, who declined to be named.
UK men’s soccer kicks off conference play against UAB
Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff Staff report firstname.lastname@example.org On a three-game losing streak, UK mens soccer will kick off the Conference USA portion of the schedule with a matchup against No. 14 University of Alabama at Birmingham on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UK Soccer Complex. After a 2-1 start to the season that included a 4-0 victory over Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and a 1-0 win over Georgia State University, the Cats have dropped three consecutive games to Xavier University, Dartmouth College and the University of South Florida. In the three-game span, UK has been outscored by opponents 7-2. In total, the Cats have been outscored 8-7 this season. Sophomore forward Isak Krogstad leads UK (2-4-0) with three goals, while senior defender Brad Doliner, freshman defender Charlie Reymann, and freshman midfielders Kaelon Fox and Napo Matsoso have each added one goal apiece for the Cats. Doliner and Matsoso were selected to the Gamecock Classic All-Tournament Team, despite the Cats losses to Dartmouth and USF. Goalkeeping duties for UK have been split evenly this season between senior captain Jack Van Arsdale and sophomore Callum Irving. Irving has recorded two saves and allowed three goals, while Van Arsdale has recorded four saves and allowed five goals. Both goalkeepers have spent 270 minutes in goal this season. UAB (5-1-1) ranks No.