VOD from 42 to 34 and no buyout and Smalls_62 is IRATE
smalls_62 • Jul 22, 2013 7:12 PM
I wondered the same thing so I actually agree with Bienenstock's opinion (first I've seen of this) on the senseless move to match Liberty Global's bid. It most llikely wouldn't have passed regulatory approval due to German market share. Makes me think a full buyout of VOD would be better than selling the VZW cash cow and trusting them to find new places to park money. Odd, really odd.
I also wondered if it was a puppet thing where T wanted the deal closed prior to a buyout of VOD. T loves the bundled play and this gives VOD a firm 2nd position in Europe's largest market. T would assume the lock, stock and barrel upon consumation of their deal then. Maybe it is just ignorance on the part of VOD management. Surely not? Less
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Colao wasn't going to be denied a place at the fiber table (in Germany) which is the future of communications. The classic part here is VOD is now being sued in court that their price paid for Kable Deutschland was too cheap. If you understood how the KD bidding went and that Liberty Global would have had too much market share resulting in the Liberty/KD getting blocked on antitrust then there was little logic for VOD to up its bid for KD. Colao knows how quick the field is changing with converging communications across a fiber platform. Fiber technology bus is going to flatten DTV revenues.