Disney increases bid for Murdoch's Fox assets


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Disney has increased its offer for 21st Century Fox to $71.3bn in cash and shares, up from an earlier $52bn offer.

The move values Fox at $38 a share, some $10 higher than Disney’s first offer in December.

Disney is locked in a battle with US media conglomerate Comcast, which has offered $65bn in cash for Fox.

“The acquisition of 21st Century Fox will bring significant financial value to the shareholders of both companies,” said Disney boss Robert Iger.

The improved offer came as 21st Century Fox board was set to decide whether to back Comcast’s bid for assets that include Fox’s film and television studios and international businesses.

Disney also wants to acquire those businesses. The two firms are also vying for ownership of Sky in the UK.

Fox said it would now allow shareholders to evaluate Disney’s amended offer. Disney’s latest offer is “superior” to the proposal made by Comcast, Fox said in a statement.

In pre-market trading, Fox shares rose 5.4% to $47.11, Comcast’s were marginally lower, while Disney’s rose by 1.3% to $107.50.

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