Nov. 15, 2014, 10:03 AM
- Merger talks between Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) and DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) have cooled off, reports the WSJ.
- The development could mark the second time this year that acquisition speculation has driven shares of DreamWorks higher only to see a deal fizzle.
- Though some of the rationale behind Hasbro's interest in buying a studio makes sense, analysts think the price tag on DreamWorks was too high.
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Nov. 13, 2014, 12:48 PM
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Nov. 13, 2014, 7:32 AM
- Shares of DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) soar in early trading on reports that a merger with Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) is being negotiated.
- Early analyst reaction to the combination is favorable due to the potential boost to consumer products sales and content tie-ins between the two companies.
- Talks between DreamWorks and Softbank over a merger stalled last month when an agreement on a deal price couldn't be hammered out.
- DWA +21.8% to $27.25 premarket.
Nov. 13, 2014, 1:51 AM
- Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) is in advanced talks to buy DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA), and would pay a mix of cash and stock under the current terms of the proposed deal.
- An exact price has not yet been determined, although Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation, is seeking more than $30 a share, a significant premium over Wednesday's close at $22.37.
- News of the possible merger comes about six weeks after reports emerged that SoftBank was in talks to acquire the animation studio.
Oct. 29, 2014, 4:34 PM
- DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) reports feature film revenue of $142.4M in Q3, with more than half of the tally coming from How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- The company's Television segment recorded sales of $14.3M, while the Consumer Products business contributed $12.1M.
- A lower SG&A expense ratio contributed to the beat on the bottom line for DreamWorks.
- DWA +6.2% AH.
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Oct. 2, 2014, 11:38 AM
- SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) confirms it purchased a $250M stake in Legendary Entertainment and will form a joint venture partnership with the studio.
- The JV will push out Legendary's content through digital and TV channels, as well as look for merchandising and licensing opportunities.
- A focus will be placed on the markets in China and India.
- This year, Legendary was the producer for Warner Bros. on Godzilla and 300: Rise of the Empire.
- Shares of Dreamworks Animation (DWA -5.2%) trade lower than other media stocks after the development with the studio considered a prime SoftBank target at one point.
Sep. 30, 2014, 9:29 AM
- Shares of DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) take another leg down after more reports surface indicating Softbank's interest in an acquisition has cooled off.
- What to watch: Many media analysts think a DWA acquisition is still on the horizon even if Softbank takes a pass, although they note the board may have to come off its lofty acquisiton price expectation.
- DWA -9.5% premarket
Sep. 30, 2014, 9:11 AM
Sep. 30, 2014, 6:57 AM
- A new report has surfaced from The Hollywood Reporter stating that Japan's SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) is in talks to acquire a minority stake in privately held movie studio Legendary Pictures. The publication says the talks have been going on for weeks.
- The news comes following reports that SoftBank's discussions to buy Dreamworks Animation have cooled.
Sep. 29, 2014, 5:47 PM
- The WSJ says it "wasn't immediately clear" what led buyout talks between SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF) and Dreamworks (NASDAQ:DWA) to cool. The paper now reports the companies "could ultimately strike a deal other than an outright takeover ... for instance some kind of content partnership."
- DWA -7.4% AH to $26.10. Shares rose 26% in regular trading on reports of acquisition talks featuring a $32/share offer.
Sep. 29, 2014, 12:49 PM
Sep. 29, 2014, 10:42 AM
- DreamWorks Animation (DWA +16.6%) could benefit enormously from an acquisition by a larger company, according to media analysts.
- Though the studio has several valuable franchises, earnings have been overwhelmed by a few theatrical misfires.
- A larger slate of films and expanded distribution network in a takeover could help smooth out results.
- Talk of a takeover by Softbank has simmered down a bit this morning, although other Asian media giants could still be lurking, say industry insiders.
Sep. 29, 2014, 9:16 AM
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