After receiving an unsolicited bid on Tuesday, streaming video site Hulu may soon be up for sale. Its owners include News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA), Disney (NYSE:DIS), and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), who yesterday hired Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) to help them sell the popular but controversial video site.
Citigroup (NYSE:C) announced this week that they are looking to sell British record label EMI , and there has been no shortage of interested parties. Citi might stand a chance of recovering a large portion of the money they lost from EMI’s previous owner, private equity firm Terra Firma , after lending them $5.2 billion in 2007 that was never paid back. Interested parties include Alec Gores , who lost last month’s auction of Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG), as well as Len Blavatnik , who won WMG. Universal Music Group is also rumored to be interested in the company.
PopCap Games is in acquisition discussions with other video-gaming company Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) for a deal that could total over $1 billion. EA is hoping to venture into the market for mobile and casual gaming, and PopCap owns some popular smartphone games.
Brazil-based mining company Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) has offered to buy all shares of its fertilizer unit, Vale Fertilizantes SA (Sao Paolo:FFTL4.SA), that it doesn’t already own in a deal valued at $1.4 billion, a 32% premium on yesterday’s closing share price. Vale SA hopes to triple potash and phosphate rock output by 2015 to meet Brazil’s rising demand for crop nutrient for the country’s biggest crops: sugar cane, coffee, and oranges.
Samsung SDS Co. plans to make a joint offer for logistics company Korea Express with steelmaker Posco (NYSE:PKX). Other companies expressing interest in Korea Express since its owners, Daewoo and Asiana Airlines , announced it was for sale are Lotte Group and CJ Group , both submitting preliminary bids back in March along with Posco.
Last week, private equity firms Leonard Green and CVC Capital made an offer to buy BJ’s Wholesale (NYSE:BJ) for an undisclosed sum, rumored to be about $50 per share. With shares currently trading at $47.36, BJ’s is reportedly holding out for more money, hoping to get the offer up to $55 a share.
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