Fox and Comcast are about to settle their $36 billion battle for Sky

Fox and Comcast are about to settle their $36 billion battle for Sky

The auction for Sky will officially begin Friday at 5 p.m. London time (noon ET). Analysts say bidders are likely to offer 16 pounds ($21) per share or more for the British broadcaster. Comcast reportedly expects Fox to force it to up its bid for Sky. Two of America’s largest media companies are about to settle a bidding war to buy a coveted overseas competitor. Twenty-First Century Fox and Comcast will go head to head…

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After exiting battle for Fox, Comcast fires ‘warning shot’ to Disney over Sky takeover, analyst says

After exiting battle for Fox, Comcast fires ‘warning shot’ to Disney over Sky takeover, analyst says

The trans-continental bidding war between Comcast and Disney had become one of the most intriguing media battles for decades, given the sheer scale of money on the table and the two CEOs’ well-known contempt for one another. Comcast announced Thursday that it would drop out of the race to acquire Fox’s assets, paving the way for Disney to complete its takeover. “This is one day going to make a fantastic scripted drama in and of…

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Strike three: Comcast can add Fox to list of huge acquisitions it’s failed to close

Strike three: Comcast can add Fox to list of huge acquisitions it’s failed to close

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is dropping his pursuit to buy Fox. Roberts has also withdrawn bids to buy Disney and Time Warner Cable. Roberts could still walk away with an M&A win if Comcast buys Sky — or he could add yet another swing and miss. Declaring failure on a huge telecommunications acquisition has become old hat for Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Comcast on Thursday formally withdrew its bid for Fox to focus on buying…

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Comcast increases cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast increases cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast on Wednesday raised its cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox’s latest bid. Comcast said its upped bid has been recommended by the independent committee of Sky. The company also said it has earmarked funds to fulfill the terms of the deal. Earlier Wednesday, Fox raised its offer to about $32.5 billion. The two media giants have been in a bidding war for the British television group. Fox had originally…

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Comcast increases cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast increases cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox

Comcast on Wednesday raised its cash offer for Sky PLC to $34 billion, topping Twenty-First Century Fox’s latest bid. Comcast said its upped bid has been recommended by the independent committee of Sky. The company also said it has earmarked funds to fulfill the terms of the deal. Earlier Wednesday, Fox raised its offer to about $32.5 billion. The two media giants have been in a bidding war for the British television group. Fox had…

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Rupert Murdoch’s payday for selling to Disney shrank, even though Disney is willing to pay almost $20 billion more for his Fox assets

Rupert Murdoch’s payday for selling to Disney shrank, even though Disney is willing to pay almost $20 billion more for his Fox assets

The bidding war between Comcast and Disney for Fox assets is costing Rupert Murdoch billions of dollars. Disney raised its bid for pieces of Twenty-First Century Fox to $71.3 billion, up from its original offer of $52.5 billion. This was in response to Comcast’s offer of $65 billion for the same Fox assets. Disney’s original bid was all stock. Its new bid is a mix of stock and cash, which raises Murdoch’s tax bill and…

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Comcast is said to include $2.5 billion break-up fee in Fox bid

Comcast is said to include $2.5 billion break-up fee in Fox bid

Comcast is prepared to offer $2.5 billion in break-up fees in its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox assets, according to the Financial Times. The cable company, and owner of CNBC-parent NBCUniversal, is planning to make a $60 billion, all-cash offer in mid-June for some of Fox’s assets, sources have said. An earlier bid was rebuffed in lieu of a potential deal with Disney. A regulatory filing last month showed Fox initially chose Disney over Comcast…

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Comcast plans to make an all-cash bid for Fox if AT&T-Time Warner is approved

Comcast plans to make an all-cash bid for Fox if AT&T-Time Warner is approved

Comcast is planning a $60 billion all-cash bid to top Walt Disney on its deal to acquire most of Twenty-First Century Fox‘s assets, if the U.S. government approves AT&T‘s acquisition of Time Warner, according to people familiar with the matter. The bid would top Disney’s offer of $52 billion. Comcast also plans to acquire 100 percent of U.K. satellite broadcaster Sky as part of an improved all-cash bid. If Disney gets into a bidding war…

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