It’s over. Rupert Murdoch and his company, 21st Century Fox, have officially given up on trying to buy Time Warner. Early last month, word leaked that Murdoch’s bid of $80 billion was rejected, which raised speculation that he’d try everything in his power to make it happen. Instead, the opposite has occurred.
In a statement, Murdoch essentially blamed it all on Time Warner:
We viewed a combination with Time Warner as a unique opportunity to bring together two great companies, each with celebrated content and brands. Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders. These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer.
If the deal went through, Murdoch would’ve owned pretty much every media company in the nation, so let’s celebrate. The first five whiskeys are on us.