Twenty-First Century Fox In Talks For Possible Sky Takeover

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. FOXA has made a “Possible Offer” to purchase the remaining 61% stake in Europe’s leading pay-TV broadcaster Sky plc. The company already owns 39.1% stake in Sky. The buyout will strengthen the company’s position in pay-TV network in Britain, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Italy.

It intends to acquire the rest of the stake at a price of £10.75 ($13.52) per share. Per report, the total value of the deal will come in around $14.1 billion. As of 2016, Sky already has 21 million pay-TV subscribers and 30,000 employees. Moreover, the deal will strengthen Sky’s position in entertainment and sport.

Twenty-First Century Fox has outperformed the Movie/TV Production/Distribution industry in the past five years with a return of more than 63% compared with nearly 41% for the latter. The company is focused on enhancing its portfolio of regional sports channels (RSNs) to strengthen Fox Sports Media Group’s position in the lucrative sports entertainment business.  It competes with Walt Disney Company’s sports coverage network, ESPN in this space. The company boasts of a well-recognized regional sports network, FSN (Fox Sports Net, Inc).

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