Sky Upgraded After Comcast Bid

Morningstar equity analysts have raised their fair value for the FTSE 100 broadcaster, but think that a bidding war between Comcast and 21st Century Fox is unlikely

Allan C. Nichols 28 February, 2018 | 9:50AM

Sky is the Subject of a Takeover Battle

US cable giant Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday offered £12.50 a share to buy FTSE 100 broadcaster Sky (SKY), a 16% premium to 21st Century Fox’s (FOXA) agreed offer. Sky's shares soared 20% on the prospect of a bidding war between Comcast and Fox for Sky. Morningstar equity analysts believe the likelihood of some kind of an acquisition has increased and we are increasing our Sky fair value estimate to £12.40 from £10.50 which now includes a takeover premium. The shares are currently trading around £13.30 after Comcast's bid.

Comcast’s proposal is not a formal offer, but allows Comcast to discuss the offer with regulators and financiers. With this proposal, we believe Fox will need to increase its offer. However, with Fox already owning 39% of Sky it just needs to attract an additional 11% of the vote and has already traveld through most of the regulatory process, while Comcast needs to attract 50% plus one vote of all shares, or roughly 82% of shares Fox doesn’t own, and is just starting the regulatory process. Thus, while we think a higher bid from Fox may be required, the two sides won’t necessarily get into a bidding war. With the stock trading well above Comcast’s offer, we would suggest shareholders consider selling their stock rather than betting on a much higher price.

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Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Comcast Corp Class A40.51 USD3.11

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