Daimler (DDAIF.PK +3.3%) looks to follow in Lagardere's (LGDDF.PK) footsteps and unload its stake in European Aeronautic (EADSF.PK -4.2%), a company it helped found. Daimler's stake (around 61.1M shares) is valued at €2.28B assuming it gets a similar price to that Lagardere fetched (€37.35) for its shares last week. EADS will repurchase around €600M of the shares.
French media company Lagardere (LGDDF.PK) has sold its 7% stake in aerospace and defense firm EADS (EADSF.PK) in a private placement for €2.28B, or €37.43 a share. EADS placed an order of €500M in the transaction, which is part of a wider revamp of the company's ownership structure. (PR)
Lagardere (LGDDF.PK) may be looking to sell its 7.41% stake in EADS (EADSY.PK) as soon as 2013, if certain conditions are met. The company hasn't detailed what these conditions are, but Lagardere CEO Arnaud Lagardere has repeatedly said it plans to sell the stake it still owns as part of a strategy to exit from the companies it doesn't control. In the past, the company has said it would be willing to sell when the jet maker's A350 commercial airplane, which is currently in development, was ready.
Kindle (AMZN) owners could be in line for refunds of $0.30-$1.32 for each e-book they purchased between April 2010 and May 2012 if a court approves a legal settlement with publishers over alleged price fixing. The publishers, News Corp's (NWS) HarperCollins, CBS's (CBS) Simon & Schuster and Lagardere's Hachette, would pay for the refunds. A hearing is due in February.
District Judge Denise Cote yesterday approved an antitrust settlement in which major publishers - Lagardere's Hachette, CBS's (CBS) Simon & Schuster and News Corp.'s (NWS) HarperCollins - agreed to end alleged price-fixing e-book deals with Apple (AAPL). It's a major win for Amazon (AMZN), while Pearson's (PSO) Penguin, Macmillan and Apple are going to take their chances in a trial.