Comcast Corp makes $65 billion bid for 21st Century Fox - Licensing.biz

Comcast Corp makes $65 billion bid for 21st Century Fox

The figure trumps The Walt Disney Company’s deal that was originally valued at $52.4 billion for the same parts of the conglomerate.
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
comcast

Comcast Corp has made an official cash bid for large chunks of 21 Century Fox, valued at around $65 billion.

The figure trumps The Walt Disney Company’s deal that was originally valued at $52.4 billion for the same parts of the conglomerate.

Comcast says its bid is 19 per cent higher than Disney’s, which would have put it at $62.4 billion, though Disney’s bid involved stock.

Analysts had said that Tuesday afternoon’s court decision to allow telecom giant AT&T to acquire Time Warner was making a Fox bid from the cable giant more likely. The bid disclosed on Wednesday is for $35 per share.

It is now expected to ignite a bidding war with Disney, under whose deal Fox must share any superior bid with the studio and give it at least five business days to increase its own offer.

Last December, Comcast had bowed out of the bidding process, clearing the path for Disney’s offer to be accepted by Fox. The purchase was to include the 20 Century Fox movie and TV studio and all the international pay TV properties including its stake in Sky.

Fox has said it will carefully review and consider the Comcast proposal and that it would either postpone or adjourn a July 10 special meeting where stockholders were to discuss the deal with Disney.

Related

Featured Jobs

Universal Job Logo 620 x 349

Senior Graphic Designer, EMEA - Consumer Products

Working in tandem with the Product Development team and reporting into the Design Manager EMEA, the purpose of this role is to drive forward our creativity across all licensed consumer products. As part of the creative team, you’ll be developing exceptional creative assets and product concepts for numerous NBCUniversal franchises that inspire licensing partners across the entire region.

Aardman Job Logo 620 x 349

Brand Manager (Maternity Cover)

Part of the brand team, The Brand Manager works closely with several members of the department, including Studio Publicist, Community Managers, Licensing, Sales and Attractions and Live Experiences teams to implement local and international strategies in the form of brand plans and maximising on all activity surrounding the properties.