Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

May 16, 2008 -

Today is the deadline for shareholders of Grand Theft Auto IV publisher Take Two Interactive to accept Electronic Art's tender offer of $25.74.

So, will the deal get done?

Probably not - at least not today. Forbes speculates that EA will extend its deadline. Adding a little sweetener to the offer wouldn't hurt, either.

Oft-quoted Wedbush-Morgan analyst told Forbes that EA screwed up by making its initial offer too high:

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes Electronic Arts started by offering too much for the company. EA could have started its bidding at $22 a share, or $1.7 billion...

 

By publicly starting at $26, then a rich 52% premium, EA must have figured Take-Two would jump at the offer. Zelnick Media was, after all, brought on in 2007 to turn around the faltering Take-Two. Instead, Zelnick stonewalled. "EA didn't know how to react," says Pachter.

Meanwhile, analyst Colin Sebastian told the San Francisco Chronicle:

I think it's more than likely the deal gets hammered out. Maybe it happens at a slightly higher price, but it's good for shareholders.

 


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Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

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Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

2 reasons why this will NEVER happen:

1) EA buying T2 would (probably, but not 100 % sure) qualify as a monopoly and those are bad for the market.

2) R* and T2 are raking in millions (possibly billions by now) from the GTA IV sales. and EA, being the greedy power-hungry pricks they are, want in on the profits.

What I wanna hear:

T2 to EA: We refuse to sell our company to you because you turn awesome studios to shit. FUCK OFF YOU MONOPOLISTIC PRICKS!

 

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Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Its amazing how EA said that Take Two had to make a decision by no later than April 16th, they extended that and now they want to extend it again. Just more proof that EA only is in it for the money and not for making good games.

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

My guess is that EA will probably end up with a good chunk of Take 2 stock, but not enough to gain controlling interest over the company.

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Good for shareholders? **** the shareholders! Then again, if I bought a ton of T2 stock when it was in the low teens and EA came along and offered me a significant amount more for the shares I'd probably take them up on it too.... Wouldn't mean they'd succeed anyway. I would hope the FTC would step in considering how bad this deal would be for everyone..

Is there a polite

Is there a polite business-speak way to say "the reason we aren't selling isn't money, it's because you guys are complete idiots who buy studios, make them shit out half-baked cash-in games, and then shut them down when these bug-riddled turds don't magically leap off the shelves"?

Re: Is there a polite

Yep, I believe there is a simpler way of saying that. "No"

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

In a situation like this, the word "deadline" becomes essentially meaningless when you repeatedly demonstrate your willingness to extend your deadline again and again and again...

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

I hope FTC denies this because it would create a monopoly.  Ugh...  EA is destroying games for the purists who enjoy GOOD games that stretch boundaries.

EA has become what Denny's is to the restaurant industry.

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Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

No monopolies please.

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Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Honestly I am hoping the EA takeover falls through.  Would really hate to see EA do to R* what they did to Bioware.. I was once a big fan of Bioware... Its to late for them (EA controlled copy protect/3 install limit comes to mind) try to learn from mistakes.  Do not repeat the travesty.

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Heh, it's entertaining reading the comments on the Forbes article. Apparentlly Pachter has a history of spouting BS when it comes to TT's stock.

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Good bye Manhunt 3 and GTA *Insert title* Manhunt 3 will get the Thrill Kill treatment from EA and GTA will be dumped down to a T rating and have crappy music and real advertisments. 

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Good bye Manhunt 3 and GTA *Insert title* Manhunt 3 will get the Thrill Kill treatment from EA and GTA will be dumped down to a T rating and have crappy music and real advertisments. 

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

I wonder how many times EA will extend the deadline before they give up. Take two isn't willing to be bought for the price that EA is currently asking.

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

If they extend it won't it be the second time they did this?

Re: Deadline Day for EA-Take Two Takeover

Hmmm...  I truly hope this deal doesn't go thru, since EA owning R* (and the rest of Take2) is not going to be a good thing.  But generally the exact opposite of whatever Pachter predicts ends up happening,  so I'm a little concerned now

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