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默多克斥资60亿美元收购福克斯余股

默多克斥资60亿美元收购福克斯余股

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. on Monday said it would take full control of its Fox Entertainment Group Inc. unit in a stock swap worth about $6 billion, which it said would simplify the media conglomerate’s structure.

  The deal, which sent Fox shares up 10 percent, gives News Corp. full ownership of its U.S. entertainment assets such as 20th Century Fox film studios, Fox Network, Fox News Channel and its stake in satellite broadcaster DirecTV, which could make it easier for Murdoch to pursue acquisitions.

  The company originally sold an 18.6 percent stake in Fox Entertainment in an initial public offering in late 1998 as a way for U.S. institutional shareholders forbidden from buying shares of a foreign company to invest in a U.S.-based, News Corp.-controlled property.

  With the reincorporation of News Corp. in the United States late last year, it made little sense to maintain two publicly traded U.S. entities, executives told analysts in a morning conference.

  "Since the reincorporating of News Corp. in the U.S., the logic for Fox no longer exists," David DeVoe, News Corp chief financial officer, told the analysts. "We really took Fox public as a way to drive value into the stock."

  But he cautioned, "The operational benefits are limited." The company already controls Fox and expects to see operational cost savings of about $3 million to $7 million.

  Analysts said it could make News Corp.’s pursuit of U.S. deals easier. Holders of Fox Class A shares will receive 1.90 shares of News Corp. Class A shares, representing a premium of about 7.4 percent over Fox’s closing price Friday of $31.22 and about 18 percent higher than its 12-month trading price on the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites).

  Although Wall Street called the deal "fairly valued," not all Fox shareholders agreed.

  Law firm Faruqi & Faruqi filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of unnamed Fox shareholders charging News Corp. with grossly undervaluing Fox.

  澳大利亚媒体大亨鲁珀特-默多克的新闻集团日前宣布,该集团将通过价值60亿美元的换股计划,收购旗下美国福克斯娱乐集团剩余的18%的股份,将其全部收入囊中。该集团还表示此举将有助于简化集团内部的组织结构。

  据路透社1月10日报道,如果交易顺利完成,新闻集团将完全持有其旗下的美国娱乐资产,包括20世纪福克斯制片公司、福克斯电视网、福克斯新闻频道,及美国最大的卫星电视公司DirecTV的股份。分析认为这将为默多克在美国展开一系列并购活动扫清道路。

  为了应对美国许多机构投资商投资外国公司都受到限制的问题,新闻集团在1998年首次发售福克斯18.6%的股票,以方便美国机构投资人投资默多克的公司。不过,随着去年注册地迁往美国,新闻集团的身份已经发生了根本性的变化。新闻集团具有美国身份后,就可以直接上市集资,因此继续借用福克斯吸引投资就没有太大意义。

  新闻集团首席财务官戴维-迪威尔说:“新闻集团在美国重组后,福克斯在逻辑上的意义就不复存在了。”但他同时说,由于新闻集团此前就几乎已完全控制了福克斯集团,因此这项收购给整个集团在营运上带来的好处是比较有限的。他预计收购将为公司削减300万美元至700万美元的营运成本。

  迪威尔强调说,这一收购与其他任何的潜在收购交易没有一点关系。但分析师认为,此举必将为新闻集团在美国展开并购进一步扫清道路。

  新闻集团现持有福克斯娱乐集团82%的股份,以及97%的具有投票权的股票。按照此项换股计划,福克斯A股股票1股可换得1.9股新闻集团股票。对A股价值的估算比该股7日收盘价31.22美元溢价7.4%,同时比纽约证交所过去12个月的平均交易价格高出18%。

  尽管华尔街普遍称这一交易是“公正估价”,但并非所有福克斯股东都同意这一点。美国纽约一家名为Faruqi & Faruqi的法律公司日前就代表一批福克斯股东对新闻集团提起诉讼,指责其低估了福克斯公司股票的价值。


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