Sunday, July 27, 2014

BSkyB Consolidates European Footprint with Acquisitions of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland

BSkyB announced plans to acquire 21st Century Fox’s 100% stake in Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland.

The deals will give the pay TV provider a total of 20 million customers in three of Europe’s four biggest markets. BSkyB currently serves 11.5 million customers in the UK and Ireland.

The total consideration for the acquisition of Sky Italia is £2.45 billion with approximately £2.07 billion to be paid in cash and the balance to be satisfied through the transfer of BSkyB's 21% stake in National Geographic Channel International to 21st Century Fox at a value of £382 million. The acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s shareholding in Sky Deutschland is for a consideration of £2.9 billion in cash, valuing Sky Deutschland at €6.75 per share.

"This transaction will create a world-class, multinational pay TV business with enhanced headroom for growth and immediate benefits of scale. The three Sky businesses are leaders in their home markets and will be even stronger together. By creating the new Sky, we will be able to use our collective strengths and expertise to serve customers better, grow faster and enhance returns," stated Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB's Chief Executive.



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