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|Ask||560.60 x 0|
|Day's Range||552.93 - 562.60|
|52 Week Range||355.00 - 583.80|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.49|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.16 (2.79%)|
|1y Target Est||7.17|
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Tuesday it was looking into whether the proposed acquisition of Britain's largest satellite company Inmarsat by a private equity-led consortium would affect the competitive landscape. The review comes amid a tough regulatory environment for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with the CMA previously blocking Sainsbury's 7.3 billion pound takeover of Walmart-owned Asda in April. Founded in 1979, Inmarsat was set up by the International Maritime Organization as a way for ships to communicate with shore and make emergency calls.
The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into a planned deal to take-private Inmarsat, Britain’s largest satellite company, which has also been referred to the government on national security grounds. The Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday it was considering whether the acquisition of Inmarsat by global buyout groups Apax and Warburg Pincus would reduce competition in the market. The deal may also raise separate national security and public interest concerns after the watchdog flagged it to the government on that basis.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Shareholders in Merlin Entertainments Plc are poised to exit the theme park.The company that operates Legoland resorts and Madame Tussauds wax museum has agreed to a 4.8 billion pound ($6.1 billion) joint bid from Blackstone Group LP, the family behind the Lego empire, and Canadian pension fund CPPIB.The offer continues the trend for private equity groups to buy back the businesses that they once owned, and are languishing in public markets. The descendants of Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen sold a share of their stake in Merlin to Blackstone in 2005, and the company was listed in London in 2013. The family has held a stake throughout, and it now stands at almost 30%. Companies that are unloved in the stock market make good targets for a second bite of the cherry by the private equity firms that were previous owners. They know the businesses well. Add in the fact that buyout funds have more money than they know what to do with, and you have deals for U.K. satellite company Inmarsat Plc and Swedish building materials group Ahlsell AB.The 455 pence per share offer for Merlin represents a 15% premium to the closing share price on Thursday, and looks fair. It is around the level the stock was were trading at before a lackluster trading update in Oct. 2017, when demand for the company’s attractions was dented by nervousness about terrorism and the first signs of the U.K. consumer slowdown. The shares have traded lower ever since. They rose 14% on Friday, to just below the offer price.As for the buyers, it’s hard to see what they can do differently. Having come from private equity ownership, the company is already pretty efficiently run. There isn’t scope for big cost cuts. Current management will continue.What will be change is how patient investors will be. Blackstone is making the investment from its long-term fund, which typically has a time horizon of at least ten to 15 years. In private hands there’s scope for owners to allow ample time for investments to pay off, a point made by activist investor ValueAct Capital, which has a 9.3% stake. Merlin has spent about 1 billion pounds over the past three years developing its attractions, but the potential benefit from this has not been reflected in earnings, or the share price.The new owners are betting that the investments the company is currently making will ultimately generate returns. At that point, the Merlin can achieve an appropriate evaluation in public markets.There is one wild card: a combination with Whitbread Plc, which has been mooted by some analysts. The company is focused on hotels now that it has shed its Costa Coffee chain. It wants to expand internationally, and Merlin’s global reach would help. Merlin, meanwhile, is building accommodation in its attractions. Whitbread would bring an experienced operator, plus potential synergies.The large number of hotels that the group would own outside of Merlin’s attractions is a significant stumbling block, and makes a deal a stretch.But with the potential for Whitbread to come under pressure to bolster returns from its hotel division, Merlin’s new owners should consider the combination as another route to create value from the buyout.To contact the author of this story: Andrea Felsted at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Jennifer Ryan at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andrea Felsted is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She previously worked at the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
On Tuesday, Blackstone Group LP & Hellman & Friedman failed to secure enough support for their bid to buy Scout24 AG four years after the pair took the German directories business public. Inmarsat Plc is being taken over by group of private equity firms including Apax Partners LLP and Warburg Pincus LLC. Owners of 79% of the company’s stock backed the deal, exceeding the offer’s 75% threshold.
Investors in Inmarsat voted on Friday to sell the British satellite firm to a private equity-led consortium for $3.4 billion (2.6 billion pounds) following a recommendation from the company's board that the offer was fair and reasonable. Nearly 79 percent of shares voted supported a so-called scheme of arrangement for the takeover by a consortium comprising UK-based Apax Partners, U.S.-based Warburg Pincus and two Canadian pension funds, Inmarsat said. Inmarsat's board recommended the $7.21 per share cash offer in March, saying that although it was confident in the long-term prospects of the company, it would take time for the investment needed in its satellite networks to deliver returns.
Inmarsat, the British satellite firm that agreed a $3.4 billion (£2.6 billion) private-equity takeover in March, reported a 13 percent fall in quarterly earnings, hit by weak demand from the shipping sector and a lower contribution from partner Ligado. Shareholders will vote on the offer from a consortium of UK-based Apax Partners, U.S.-based Warburg Pincus and two Canadian pension funds on May 10. The mobile satellite communications provider has been selling in-flight Wi-Fi to airlines through its aviation business, which cushioned some of the blow from declines in its older products.
As far as the stock is concerned, it was a success: Boeing shares ended up 5 percent on the week as investors took heart from the company’s progress on rolling out an update for anti-stall flight-control software that’s thought to have been a factor in two fatal crashes. As far as rebuilding confidence in the plane and thwarting scrutiny over the cozy relationship between Boeing and the FAA, it fell flat. Boeing’s proposed update will make it easier for pilots to manually override the so-called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, and the software will now compare readings from two sensors before pushing the plane’s nose down.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today placed on review for downgrade Inmarsat plc's ("Inmarsat") Ba2 Corporate Family Rating, Ba2-PD Probability of Default Rating (PDR) as well as the Ba3 ratings on Inmarsat Finance plc's $1.0 billion Senior Unsecured Global Notes due 2022 and $400 million Senior Unsecured Global Notes due 2024, which are unconditionally guaranteed by Inmarsat Group Limited and Inmarsat Investments Limited. The outlook for both entities has been changed to rating under review from stable.
The FTSE 100 fell 0.4 percent and the domestically-focussed FTSE 250 shed 1.1 percent to hit its lowest since Feb. 12. Last week's cautious remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve and weak manufacturing data from Germany and the United States once again raised concerns about the world economy, making stocks, generally considered riskier assets, less appealing.
The consortium, which includes UK-based Apax Partners, U.S.-based Warburg Pincus and two Canadian pension funds, is betting in part on Inmarsat's reputation for selling faster and more reliable in-flight Wi-Fi to commercial airlines worldwide. Inmarsat shareholders will get $7.21 cash, or 546 pence per share. Inmarsat's shares were up 8.9 percent at 551 pence by 1422 GMT, higher than the offer price.
A consortium of buyout firms and pension funds agreed on Monday to buy Inmarsat Plc for $3.4 billion, nine months after the board of the U.K. satellite group rejected a comparably priced offer from billionaire Charlie Ergen as too cheap. There’s been no colossal change in Inmarsat’s outlook since then. Inmarsat used to be a FTSE 100 stock, paying reliable dividends.
The eyesore of Old Street roundabout is the last place you’d expect to find mission control for a fleet of space craft. From Inmarsat’s London offices, it launches and guides a fleet of high-altitude satellites used to provide mobile comms in remote places, from deserts to ships and aircraft. Sadly, the London Stock Exchange is not a forgiving place for such big-spending tech companies.
Satellite firm Inmarsat succumbed to a second takeover bid in eight months on Monday as it recommended a $3.4 billion (£2.6 billion) offer from a private equity-led consortium. The 546p all-cash offer comes from a team including Apax Partners, the buy-out house which floated Inmarsat in 2005, fellow PE firm Warburg Pincus and two Canadian pension funds, and beats a cash-and-shares 532p bid from Inmarsat’s US rival EchoStar last July. Inmarsat began life in 1979 as the International Maritime Satellite Organization, providing communication services to shipping, but was privatised 20 years ago.