Fox-Disney $71 billion deal on, Comcast off
The new offer of $38 a share of 21st Century Fox, which would be split 50-50 in cash and stock, is $10 higher than Disney’s first bid in December 2017. The Disney-Comcast contest will determine who controls much of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, including Fox’s movie and TV studios, television networks such as FX, and multichannel providers like Star India and Sky Plc. The new offer gives Fox shareholders the option to take their payment in the form of cash or stock, up to a 50-50 level. The previous agreement was an all-stock deal, and Comcast’s cash offer was seen as a significant enticement.
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