Unicorns are out of shape: Peloton Interactive IPO raises some concerns

Peloton Interactive Inc. [NASDAQ: PTON] – Market Cap as of 12/10/2019 $6.26bn   Introduction On September 26th, 2019, Peloton, an American exercise equipment and media company, went public on the Nasdaq raising $1.16bn via its IPO. The company raised this capital through floating 40 million new shares at $29, effectively giving the company a valuation […]

Rush for OTT dominance heats up: Deltatre acquires Massive Interactive

Introduction On November 7, Massive Interactive, a London-based OTT software provider, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Deltatre, a global provider of sports media services and technology in a transaction worth up to $127m. This transaction is an attempt by Deltratre to enter the entertainment sector, as well as to […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

Creating today’s Media Powerhouse: Meredith to buy U.S. publisher Time in Koch-backed Deal

  Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) – market cap as of 02/12/2017: $2.96bn Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME.K) – market cap as of 02/12/2017: $1.85bn Introduction On the November 26, 2017, Meredith Corporation entered into a binding agreement to acquire Time Inc., Meredith’s former rival and one the biggest incumbents in the media sector, for a $2.8bn. The bidder […]

The Rise Of User-Based Valuation In Tech

Introduction When we look at the biggest companies by market cap, many of them are Tech firms, capable of leveraging innovative technologies to create new types of businesses. Most times they offer business models that are so different from the companies we are used to, that we struggle in finding the best way to give […]

Information is Power: Blockbuster Media Merger Faces Political Skepticism

AT&T Inc. (NASDAQ T:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $224.61bn Time Warner Inc. (NASDAQ TWX:NYQ)—market cap as of 28/10/16: $68.04bn Introduction On October 22, 2016, AT&T Inc. announced the acquisition of Time Warner Inc. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $108.7bn including Time Warner’s $23.3bn Net Debt. AT&T will pay $107.50 per share to […]

Liberty Media Won the Formula One’s Acquisition Race

Liberty Media Group (LMCA, LMCB, LMCK) – market cap as of 28/09/2016: $9.61bn Introduction On September 7, Liberty Media Corporation, a US-based mass media company, announced a two-step acquisition of Formula One in a deal that values the company at $8bn, and its equity at $4.4bn. Liberty Media Corporation will perform the acquisition through a […]

Comcast’s dreams worked: Shrek finds a new home among the Minions

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Market cap as of 29/04/2016: $3.8bn Comcast Corporation, Market cap as of 29/04/2016: $147.12bn   Introduction Last Thursday April 28, 2016, Comcast Corporation announced after quick merger talks that it would acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG for $3.8bn in an all-cash transaction. DreamWorks Animation will be folded under Comcast’s NBCUniversal in its Universal […]

Vivendi pays for pay-tv business of Mediaset

Vivendi S.A. Market Cap; as of 15/05/2016: €25.68bn Mediaset S.p.A. Market Cap; as of 15/05/2016: €4.59bn   About Vivendi S.A. Vivendi S.A. is a French conglomerate operating in four main sectors: television and film, music, ticketing and publishing. This media giant manages its businesses through its subsidiaries Canal+ Groupe, Universal Music Group, Vivendi Village and […]

Vivendi: A ‘TELE-novela’ of strategic transactions

Vivendi SA; Market Cap: €30.0bn as of 16/10/2015 In June 2015, Vivendi appointed Vincent Bolloré as the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Since then Vivendi has been under the spotlight as it set a different strategy focused on repositioning the group’s activity in Europe and re-entering the telecom and gaming industries. Specifically, Vivendi has […]

M&A (Epic) Fail: Omnicom-Publicis $35bn Deal Collapses

Omnicom Group Inc. Market Cap (as of 16/05/14) $17.35bn Publicis Groupe SA Market Cap (as of 16/05/14): $17.28bn On 9 May, 2014 the $35bn merger of equals between the New York-based Omnicom Group Inc. and the Paris-based Publicis Groupe, the world’s second and third biggest advertising companies respectively, was called off as the challenges in […]

What is happening to Pandora – and why it is not enough

It has been a tough month for the NASDAQ, with tech stocks dropping and in particular for Pandora Media (P:US). For the first time since our first article, when we suggested to short sell the stock, our position is now profitable (+9,52%). The downturn in techies is deepening and the spreading acknowledgement that the growth […]

Facebook buys cheap in the next big thing. Google’s warned.

Facebook Inc. Market Cap (28/03/2014): $153.01bn One month ago one social-media user reported on Reddit that he had just seen Mark Zuckerberg on the elevators of a building at 19800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvin (CA), getting off at Oculus VR’s floor. Was the 30 years old billionaire just dropping by, or was he planning Facebook’s second […]

The Oracle of Omaha’s tax-free acquisition of Miami TV Station WPLG

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. A Class Shares Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $305.93bn B Class Shares Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $269.60bn Graham Holdings Co. Market Cap (as of 14/03/14) $5.28bn Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire Miami TV Station WPLG and $400m of its own shares from Graham Holdings Co. in exchange for 1.6m Graham […]

Vivendi to split up SFR unit in search for focus

Vivendi Market Cap (as of 29/11/13): €25bn On Tuesday, November 26, French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi announced that its supervisory board approved a plan to spin off its mobile telephone division SFR as a standalone company to be listed on the French stock exchange. Shares in the new entity will be distributed to existing […]

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