Tuesday, May 08, 2007

WSJ: As Deal Barriers Fall, Takeover Bids Multiply

As Deal Barriers Fall,Takeover Bids Multiply
Regulators and SizePose Less of a Problem; 'Nobody Is Off Limits'
Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2007; Page A1

One after another, the longstanding barriers that protected companies from takeovers are dissolving. The result: an unprecedented wave of deal making in which, it seems, few companies are entirely safe.
National borders and size used to be obstacles, but three banks from across Europe have assembled a nearly $100 billion offer to dismember Dutch bank ABN Amro Holding NV. It used to be unworkable for leveraged-buyout firms to buy finance companies and load them up with debt. Private-equity firms and banks broke through that roadblock when they proposed a $25 billion takeover plan for student lender Sallie Mae. Family-controlled companies, especially those with a special class of super-voting stock, were thought to be untouchable, but that hasn't stopped Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. from offering $5 billion for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal....reda more: here

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  • I have a question on some wheeling and dealing . With the depressed stock prices of both XM and Sirius Satellite radio stocks . And the continued failure of CBS radio arm. Why wouldn't it make sense for Les Moonves and CBS make a 50% hostile Tender Offer of $4.50 for Siruis . Getting even with Mel Karmazin and Howard Stern ( Being their boss AGAIN ) . And if the merger goes through owning the whole ball of satellite wax . If not having the clear best of breed and with their cash drowning XM in the bathtub and again owning the whole ball of wax anyhow !

    By Blogger eduardo, at May 08, 2007 11:08 AM  

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