What's Going On With Paramount Global Stock Following Reported Talks Of Skydance Merger?

Zinger Key Points
  • Paramount Global reportedly opts for exclusive talks with Skydance after rejecting Apollo's $26 billion bid.
  • Skydance may acquire NAI before merging with Paramount, signaling potential industry shake-up.

Paramount Global PARA, which turned down a $26 billion bid from Apollo Global Management, Inc. APO, is now in exclusive discussions with Skydance, the studio behind Top Gun: Maverick.

David Ellison, leading Skydance, has a 30-day window to negotiate a deal with the entity overseen by Shari Redstone’s National Amusements (NAI), a privately held cinema group owning 77% of Paramount’s voting shares, Financial Times reported.

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The proposed arrangement entails Skydance initially acquiring NAI, followed by a subsequent merger with Paramount, the report read, citing people who briefed about the matter.

Ellison and Redstone, both from prominent American families, have been in negotiations for months to finalize a merger between Paramount and Skydance.

The choice to engage in exclusive discussions underscores the mutual intent of both parties to conclude negotiations, the report added. 

This follows Paramount’s board rejecting Apollo’s bid to acquire 100% of the media group’s shareholders at a valuation ranging between $17 and $19.50 per share.

Apollo’s $26 billion takeover bid encompassed debt as part of its valuation, the report added.

Price Action: PARA shares are trading lower by 1.92% to $13.26 premarket on the last check Thursday. 

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