So we wake to Sky (SKY) having a new owner, as media behemoth Comcast beat another media behemoth Fox (in effective combination with Disney) in a blind auction for Europe's biggest satellite TV operator. Boy did it pay up though. Comcast won with a final bid of £17.28 a share, versus a Fox bid of £15.67 a share for the 61% of Sky it did not already own. So if you own Sky shares...well done. As I own Disney shares, I feel more relief that it did not massively overpay (Disney is already buying a bunch of assets from 21st Century Fox and is in the throes of launching its own streaming channel to compete with Amazon and Netflix, so it has enough on its plate).
I wrote just over a month ago, urging you to sell your Sky (SKY) shares and today's post Bank Holiday brain cell-sapping statement reiterates this for me.
Whilst Sky plc (SKY) was happily disclosing in a regulatory news story that 'Sky Q takes another big leap forward...Next major wave of product innovation, and Spotify set to launch in spring' (which I am sure will mean something to all the millennials out there), the big news for the company was happening elsewhere with the announcement that US media giant Comcast has made a 1250p cash bid. Now this is interesting at many levels.
Back in October I talked about how you could profitably play at being a hedge fund manager via buying some shares in media giant Sky (SKY) - see HERE. From then to now this call has worked out well and the discount to the proposed takeover price has narrowed sharply. Sounds like a building need to make a decision whether to hold on or cash out...except a lot of other stuff has changed.
We all know the market is a bit too excitable currently and that opportunity is in most cases more fleeting than structural. Analytically that pulls me towards market leaders, good balance sheets and dividends. It also makes me wonder about the strategies of hedge funds. This website has a proud history of spotting good shorts - and I see Tom has just unveiled a new bottom-end of the larger cap brethren short idea HERE. Another popular hedge fund strategy is merger arbitrage i.e. betting on whether deals complete or not and from this perspective I got thinking about Sky (SKY) which has just reported its first quarter numbers.
Hello Share Badgers. I like tv companies these days because the army of couch potatoes is on the march. It seems to me that many people are becoming addicted to the box in the corner and it is getting worse.You only have to trawl through the huge list of British channels now on offer to realise that the national appetite for rubbish is amazingly strong.
Hello Share Polishers. Despite the fact that we should have all got fed up with it over the last 60 years, the time we waste watching the one-eyed monster in the corner ( a staggering 4 hours daily in the UK) is a sad indictment on the human race. It saves doing any work you see. You don’t even have to read anything.
Hello Share Planners. The graph for Sky plc (SKY) looks like the beginning of a jagged mountain range. It keeps on going up, but very much in the three up and two down mode.
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