Amazon to buy MGM for $US6.5 billion, excluding debt

Original article by Joe Flint, Dave Sebastian
The Wall Street Journal – Page: Online : 27-May-21

Electronic commerce giant Amazon.com has struck a deal to acquire Hollywood film studio MGM. The deal will bolster Amazon’s subscription video-on-demand service as competition in the streaming market intensifies. MGM’s library of more than 4,000 films includes franchises such as James Bond, while the studio also produces television shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale. There is also scope for Amazon to create spin-offs from MGM’s popular franchises, a strategy used by rival streaming services. Amazon will pay $US6.5bn for MGM, or $US8.45bn including debt.

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AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER INCORPORATED

Disney in Comcast deal to take control of hot property Hulu

Original article by Joe Flint
The Australian – Page: 21 : 16-May-19

US media group Comcast has struck a deal to sell its one-third stake in streaming video service Hulu to Walt Disney Company. The deal could allow Disney to assume full ownership of Hulu in 2024. Hulu boasted more than 25 million subscribers in 2018, compared with just six million in 2014, and Disney has forecast that Hulu’s domestic operations will become profitable in fiscal 2023 or 2024. Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, which expected to target a different audience to Hulu.

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HULU LLC, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, COMCAST CORPORATION, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED

Pollak sceptical about Disney’s deal with Fox

Original article by Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 18-Jan-19

Loftus Peak’s chief investment officer Alex Pollak has queried Disney’s decision to pay $US71.3bn ($97bn) for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in 2018. He notes that both Disney and Fox largely generate their revenue streams from the sale of content to cable and pay-TV companies, but these sources of revenue are under increasing threat from video-on-demand services like Netflix. Pollak says Rupert Murdoch sold 21st Century Fox because he decided that it could not compete with companies like Netflix and Amazon.

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WALT DISNEY COMPANY, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, CARSALES.COM LIMITED – ASX CAR, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, COMCAST CORPORATION, LOFTUS PEAK

Comcast surrenders to Disney in bid for 21st Century Fox

Original article by Anousha Sakoui, Gerry Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 20-Jul-18

Comcast will press ahead with its takeover bid for pan-European broadcaster company Sky after withdrawing from the bidding war for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. Comcast’s cash offer of $US65bn for the Fox assets forced rival bidder Walt Disney Company to increase its offer to $US71bn. Disney’s bid has received clearance from antitrust regulators.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, COMCAST CORPORATION, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, SKY PLC, AT&T CORPORATION, TIME WARNER INCORPORATED, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF JUSTICE, UNIVERSAL PICTURES, NBC TELEVISION NETWORK, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED

Disney’s Fox bid wins US approval

Original article by Edmund Lee, Cecilia Kang
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 29-Jun-18

Walt Disney’s proposed $US71bn deal to acquire the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets has been cleared by the US Justice Department, only six months after it was initially proposed. However, the Justice Department has ruled that ESPN owner Disney must divest Fox’s regional sports to satisfy competition concerns. Jefferies media analyst John Janedis says the Fox board will probably be obliged to see if rival suitor Comcast makes a revised bid, but he notes that any such offer would take at least six months to receive approval from the DoJ.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF JUSTICE, ESPN INCORPORATED, JEFFERIES AND COMPANY, HULU LLC, AT&T CORPORATION, TIME WARNER INCORPORATED, CNN, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, SKY PLC, STAR INDIA, MARVEL ENTERPRISES, LUCASFILM, PIXAR, FOX NEWS CHANNEL

Disney, Fox agree on $97bn merger

Original article by Keach Hagey, Erich Schwartzel
The Australian – Page: 24 : 22-Jun-18

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has ruled out a deal with Comcast to carve up the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. Sources have indicated that Fox and Disney are finalising the terms of the latter’s $US71.3bn ($A96.8bn) cash and scrip deal, which has trumped Comcast’s $US65bn cash bid. Fox shareholders are expected to emerge with about 19 per cent of the enlarged Disney via the revised deal, compared with around 25 per cent under its previous scrip-only offer.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, COMCAST CORPORATION, FOX NEWS, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY, COWEN AND COMPANY, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED, S&P GLOBAL RATINGS, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, SKY PLC, STAR INDIA, HULU LLC

Fox agrees to Disney offer

Original article by
The Australian – Page: 22 : 21-Jun-18

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has accepted Walt Disney Company’s revised offer of more than $US70bn for the bulk of its entertainment assets. Disney had originally proposed a scrip-only bid worth $US52.4bn, but it has agreed to allow Fox shareholders to accept a combination of cash and shares. The cash component will be attractive to major Fox shareholders such as the Murdochs, given the capital gains tax implications of a cash-only bid. Disney’s latest offer has trumped Comcast’s $US65bn cash bid.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, COMCAST CORPORATION, SKY PLC, STAR INDIA, HULU LLC, FOX NEWS, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY

$86bn bid for Fox ignites Disney fight

Original article by Shalini Ramachandran, Erich Schwartzel
The Australian – Page: 25 : 15-Jun-18

US media group Comcast has offered $US35 per share for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, valuing its bid at about $US65bn ($A86bn). Fox has advised that it will "carefully review and consider" the cash bid, which has trumped Walt Disney Company’s scrip bid. The Disney offer is valued at $US29.18 per share based on Fox’s current share price. Fox would retain assets such as Fox News and its broadcast TV network if either bid succeeds.

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21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, COMCAST CORPORATION, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, FOX NEWS, FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY, AT&T CORPORATION, TIME WARNER INCORPORATED, HBO, CNN, WARNER BROS, BARCLAYS BANK PLC, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, HULU LLC, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Murdoch beats the bushes for a deal

Original article by Elizabeth Knight
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 7 : 18-Nov-17

Netflix has transformed the media industry in a little more than a decade, essentially because of all the content it possesses. It is the desire for more content of their own that is seeing companies such as Amazon and Verizon casting their eyes over the content assets owned by the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox. Investors clearly think that the Murdochs are interested in doing some type of deal, with shares in 21st Century Fox having risen by around 18 per cent in the last two weeks.

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NETFLIX INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INCORPORATED, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, COMCAST CORPORATION, SKY PLC, FOX NEWS, FOX SPORTS, NBN CO LIMITED, NBC UNIVERSAL INCORPORATED, HULU LLC, AT&T CORPORATION, TIME WARNER INCORPORATED

Jungle king tears into groceries

Original article by John McDuling
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 19-Jun-17

Robert Luciano of VGI Partners says Australian retailers should be concerned by Amazon’s purchase of grocery retailer Whole Foods. Amazon announced on 16 June 2017 that it will acquire the US grocery retailer for $US13.7 billion ($A18 billion), and that Whole Foods will continue to trade under its current name. Luciano suggests that the purchase represents a major evolvement in Amazon’s business model. Amazon is due to commence operating in Australia in 2018, and it is expected to have a major impact on the earnings of local retailers.

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VGI PARTNERS PTY LTD, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, WHOLE FOODS MARKET INCORPORATED, SOUQ, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AMAZON WEB SERVICES LLC, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN