September 17, 2018
As expected, 21stCentury Fox has extended its offer for remaining shares of U.K. satellite TV distributor Sky to Oct. 6 – the same date Comcast extended its competing offer.
Comcast currently holds the higher bid: $34 billion (£14.75 per share) compared to Fox’s £14 per share. Yet neither offer has resonated with Sky shareholders, with less 30% of shareholders tendering Comcast’s offer compared to 0.07% for Fox’s offer.
Fox, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch, currently owns 39% of Sky. The Walt Disney Co. outbid Comcast for select Fox assets, which include 20thCentury Fox Film and Sky.
With Sky’ stock closing down Sept. 17 at £15.78 per share in London, it’s clear investors are hoping for a superior bid from either Comcast, Fox or even Disney.
Following the deadline, corporate takeover rules in the United Kingdom mandate a five-day sealed auction overseen by regulators with Comcast, Fox and Sky agreeing on the terms.