Nov. 24, 2014, 6:55 PM
- News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWS) is spending $30M to buy a 25% stake in PropTiger.com, a leading Indian real estate site.
- The investment comes on the heels of News Corp.'s $950M purchase of Realtor.com owner Move. The company also had a 61.6% stake in REA Group, which owns leading Australian real estate site realestate.com.au.
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Sep. 30, 2014, 6:46 AM
- News Corp (NWS, NWSA) is acquiring Move Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE) for $950M, or $21/share, a 37% premium over MOVE's Monday close.
- News Corp will own 80% of Move (MOVE); REA Group, which is 61.6% owned by News Corp, will take the other 20%.
- Move had 2013 revenue of $227M. News Corp says the acquisition will provide a "significant marketing platform for our media assets."
- Back in April, SA contributor Michael Ranalli called the bottom in MOVE (sub. req'd) when it was trading around $10/share.
Aug. 7, 2014, 4:58 PM
Jun. 26, 2014, 8:09 AM
- "We view News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) as a classic media value play, as its individual pieces are undervalued, but provide downside protection for the stock," says analyst John Janedis, initiating with a Buy and $22 price target.
- "We expect fundamentals to improve, which should translate to multiple expansion in the stock ... Longer-term, similar to other media companies, we think NWSA could spin off assets to create value. In our view, NWSA is not the newspaper value trap of years past due to the value of REA, Foxtel, Harper Collins, and cash balance."
- "Given valuation of the stock, we think a successful outcome [of strategic initiatives] is currently priced into the stock at current levels," he says, starting New York Times (NYT) with a Hold and $15 price target.
- "We think the combination of tepid ad growth and the regulatory overhang will continue to slow the acquisition pipeline and constrain multiple expansion," he says, starting Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) at Hold with $48 price target. "While 2014 will be a big year for political advertising, we do not see significant upside to our estimates."
- Gannett (GCI) is initiated with a Buy.
- Previously: Jefferies launches coverage on media names
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Mar. 26, 2014, 5:23 AM
- Lachlan Murdoch has been appointed non-executive co-chairman at Fox (FOXA) and at News Corp. (NWSA), while brother James has been promoted to the role of co-COO at Fox to work alongside Chase Carey.
- Lachlan Murdoch's double appointment comes seven years after he left the family business following disagreements with father Rupert and other executives.
- Away from what looks suspiciously like a Murdoch succession battle, Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO at Fox Networks Group, has agreed to extend his employment agreement.
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Feb. 17, 2014, 5:35 AM
- News Corp (NWS) has received a rebate of A$882M ($796.62M) from Australia’s tax authorities after it won a legal battle over A$2B in forex losses that it suffered during a restructuring in 1989.
- The Australian Tax Office had refused to allow the deduction but was defeated in the country's Federal Court in July.
- The payment has only just come to light, although News Corp received the money at the end of last year.
- The ATO's defeat exacerbates country's budget deficit, which is forecast at A$47B for FY 2013-14.
Feb. 7, 2014, 9:10 AM
Jan. 21, 2014, 5:30 PM
- Lex Fenwick, the CEO of News Corp.'s (NWS, NWSA) Dow Jones unit for the last two years, is leaving the company. Chief creative officer William Lewis has been named interim CEO. (PR)
- News Corp. adds it's "reviewing the institutional strategy of Dow Jones." Among other things, it's planning "improvements" for the nascent DJX information service (still in beta mode), and asserts it's "redoubling" its efforts to "develop the Wall Street Journal and its digital properties globally."
- In addition to the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones owns Barron's, Marketwatch.com, and financial news service Factiva.
Dec. 20, 2013, 9:59 AM
- Expanding its push into the digital realm, News Corp (NWSA +1.2%) acquires social news start-up Storyful for €18M (~$25M).
- The Dublin-based Storyful, which dubs itself "the world's first social news agency," mines social media platforms to discover user-generated content with a focus on images and photos. In 2013, videos have generated 750M views for partners.
Nov. 25, 2013, 3:55 PM
- Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and AIG are the most popular (long) holdings of hedge funds, according to Goldman's latest hedge fund monitor, which analyzed the positions of 783 hedge funds with $1.7T of gross assets. Hedge fund holdings of AIG, however, account for 14 of the company's float compared to negligible amounts for Apple and Google.
- The 20 most concentrated hedge fund holdings as defined by the percent of equity cap owned by the funds has consistently been a significant outperformer, according to Goldman. In order: AN, STZ, JCP, FDO, THC, HRB, BEAM, MU, NWSA, VRSN, CBG, NFLX, GT, TSO, ETFC, MSI, WPX, WYN, HES, CCI. The top 20 last quarter is here.
- Overall, the studied hedge funds' performance leaves a bit to be desired, with average return of 6% YTD. Fewer than 5% outperformed the S&P 500, and 20% of funds posted an absolute loss.
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