Discovery Clinches Scripps Networks Deal

Discovery Communications is buying fellow channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive for more than $US14b

Other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company.

Scripps stock was trading at about $67 per share before the deal talks were reported in the press.

If Discovery Communications Inc. and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. are able to make a successful deal, then it will leave SNI shareholders with a 20% stake in DISCA.

Discovery and Scripps also announced second-quarter earnings on Monday. Over the last three months, insiders sold 376,466 shares of company stock worth $25,477,051. Discovery Communications Inc.'s Wall Street analysts see 65.85 % EPS growth, taking into account the $0.41 EPS reproted in the previous quarter, It is down 0.00% since July 31, 2016 and is. A P/B ratio of less than 1.0 can indicate that a stock is undervalued, while a ratio of greater than 1.0 may indicate that a stock is overvalued. The number of shares now owned by investors are 368.58 mln. Discovery has more than $6 billion in annual sales and 7,000 employees. More interesting news about Discovery Communications Inc. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 232,071 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,539,474.16. Current price places the company's stock -77.05% away from its 200-day simple moving average, -2.99%, away from the 50-day average and also 2.12% away from 20-day average.

Discovery Communications, Inc.is a global media company. (NASDAQ:DISCK) to release earnings on August, 8 before the open. They expect $0.68 EPS, down 4.23 % or $0.03 from last year's $0.71 per share. The business had revenue of $1.75 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.76 billion. Scripps Networks Interactive had a net margin of 16.94% and a return on equity of 30.71%. Quarterly revenue rose 2.3 percent to $1.75 billion. Its sales stood at 10.40% a year on average in the period of last five years.

The offer values Scripps stock at $90 per share, 34% higher than the price when reports of the deal first circulated earlier this month. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Discovery Communications from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Scripps Networks Interactive presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus price target of $76.60.

In related news, Director Paul A. Gould sold 8,832 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Post-merger, existing Discover shareholders will own about 80% of the company. The Company's content is distributed through multiple methods, including television, the Internet, digital platforms and licensing arrangements.

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