Shares of Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) race 7.8% higher to $3.85 in premarket trading following an offer late Friday from Liberty Media (LMCA) to take over the company in a deal which values the company at $3.68 per share.
In a conference call with analysts, execs said if the deal is completed it would allow Liberty to start buying back shares at an increased pace.
After coming off a halt, Sirius XM (SIRI) is trading at $3.75 after hours in the wake of Liberty Media's (LMCA) offer to assume full ownership of the satellite radio owner.
That represents a 5% gain from Sirius' closing price of $3.57, and is 1.9% above the $3.68/share buyout price implied by Liberty's all-stock offer. Some Sirius shareholders might be betting on a better offer arriving.
Cable stock frenzy: Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC +7.8%) spike higher off of a Bloomberg headline indicating Liberty Media (LMCA +2.5%) is interesting in making a bid. Cablevision (CVC +7.8%) and Charter Communications (CHTR +5.9%) are also on the move.
Shares of Sirius XM Radio (SIRI, LMCA) turn lower, now down 2.3%, as more details on the iTunes radio are unveiled. The Apple service will be integrated into some new cars which could cut into subscriptions totals for Sirius.
More on Sirius XM Radio (SIRI): The company says its total paid subscriber base increased 9% Y/Y to reach 24.4M as the resurgence of the U.S. automobile industry helps bring in first-time subscribers. Subscriber acquisition costs per gross addition declined during the period. At the end of the quarter, free cash flow stood at $142M. Guidance for 2013 is for total net subscriber adds of 1.4M and revenue of over $3.7B. SIRI +1.0% premarket. (PR)
Shares of Starz (STRZA) rise 9.7% in their Nasdaq debut after spinning off from Liberty Media (LMCA +1%). The company - which boasts about 55M subscribers for its Starz, Encore, and Movieplex channels - is considered by analysts to be a juicy target for a large media company.
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI -3.1%) spikes lower with news out Apple will enter its space with an Internet radio servive. The company that will soon be pulling the reins with Sirius, Liberty Media (LMCA -1%), is also tilting lower.