Take-Two Buyout Rumors Return

Take-Two, which managed to avoid being assimilated by Electronic Arts in last year’s long-running takeover saga, may be the target of a new buyout, according to Barron’s.

The financial news service attributes a recent rise in the share price of TTWO to takeover rumors:

Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) shares are up sharply for the second straight session on a revival of rumors that the video game company might be a takeover target… Last Thursday, the stock was hopping on what TheFlyOnTheWall.com [subscription req.] described as “renewed takeover chatter.” That apparently continues today.

As I post this, TTWO is up to 9.45, even though Wall Street itself is down.

UPDATE: Reached for comment by GamePolitics, Wedbush-Morgan financial analyst Michael Pachter pooh-poohed T2 takeover rumors:

I don’t see anyone making a move, given that management rejected EA’s $26 offer [last year]. It’s hard to see how anyone would pay more in this market, and I don’t know that Take-Two management would entertain an offer lower than $26 given their rejection of EA’s offer.

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    JDKJ says:

    I would have thought that an industry analyst with such a crappy track record would have lost credibility with their main audience, i.e., institutional investors. But, if Madoff and Sanford teach us anything, it’s that there’re plenty suckers out there for the taking.

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    Parallax Abstraction says:

    Pachter’s predictions have been almost universally wrong (one of his more famous ones was that not only would Sony come back out of 3rd place, they would soundly dominate this generation) and like most analysts, he generally tends to state things as fact that are based on very loose and almost always unverifiable information.  Simply put, he’s wrong far more than he’s right and starts rumours to get his name in the press.  This is in fact what most press-oriented analysts do and it isn’t an uncommon practice.  And it works becaues despite his track record, the gaming press at large continues to trip over themeslves to get quotes from him and only ever trump up the rare occasion he’s right and never when he’s wrong.

    But to coin my own version of EZK’s strawman, Heaven forfend I dare to call out the enthusiast press for continuing to rely on a provably weak source of information.  This isn’t to single out GP because virtually every major site does it.

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    Krono says:

    I think it has more to do with the fact that he was largely wrong about the T2 buyout last year, from start to finish. Wrong despite the fact that T2 was clearly disinterested, that EA was a little to low to overcome that disinterest, and rather than try negotiations or give up, they sat around for months extending their deadlines again and again.

    It doesn’t help him that he was in the "the buyout is a good thing and it’ll go through!" camp, when a large percentage of gamers that care to track such news were disinterested in the EA chimera devouring yet another decent company into it’s bland mix.

    Nor does it help that analysts in general are on a lot of people’s crap lists right now.


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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Patcher is a well known video game analyst and as such he tends to bring out the distrust of many gamers. There are times where he has bee nway off the mark, but it is no less frequent than any other analyst in any industry.

    But this is the games industry. Anyone that is wrong just once is worthless. /sarcasm

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    Father Time says:

    Jesus does he haved to be brought it up in every single fucking story now?


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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    Firebird says:

    I am placing a 3-way bet on which company is planning the buyout;

    1. EA, again… *sigh* 3:1

    2. Nobody… (what raises stocks better than deception?) 4:1

    3. Someone else (and hopefully makes GTA "innovative" again) 3:1



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    Vake Xeacons says:

     And just watch: whoever tries to buy them out, when T2 turns them down, Wall-Street just calls them stupid.

    Capitalism: buying out your rights since 1776.

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