In the current battle for large parts of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire 21st Century Fox, the inflated offer of media company Walt Disney does not seem to discourage bidder rival Comcast.
Comcast chief Brian Roberts has privately signaled his willingness to increase the offer of the US cable company, reported the Financial Times (FT) on Thursday, citing persons familiar with the matter. An official statement rejected the company.
Comcast has consulted with its banks Wells Fargo and Bank of America, according to the newspaper, as the group even more money together, without losing its good credit rating agencies. The rating agency Moody’s had already warned Comcast of a possible credit rating down.
Even the courted media company Fox is currently assuming that Comcast returns with a higher supply, the paper reported, citing information from the environment of the Murdoch family on. However, Murdoch Disney continues to see as the more suitable buyer because of lower regulatory hurdles.
Entertainment giant Disney raised its bid for Fox on Wednesday and is now ready to spend nearly $ 20 billion more. The offer has been increased from $ 28 to $ 38 per share, giving an overall valuation of $ 71.3 billion (€ 61.6 billion), down from $ 52.4 billion in December. The latest offer from Comcast was $ 65 billion. Disney also offered to pay part of the purchase price in cash and not in own shares./tav/she/jha/