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Old 05-19-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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Liberty Media Offers to Buy B&N

Liberty Media has offered to buy Barnes and Noble for $17 a share...with certain conditions. Last week, I commented that it might be time to buy B&N stock, and of course, I didn't, and the stock took a jump today on the news.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-...19-718256.html

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
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Wow. They should have made an offer a few months ago when it was trading under $10.

Liberty Media certainly has deep pockets and it could be just the right fit for the Riggio family and for the B&N brand.
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B&N got bid offer

Don't see it posted

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2011/05/2...ogle_news_blog
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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Liberty Media has offered to buy Barnes and Noble for $17 a share...with certain conditions. Last week, I commented that it might be time to buy B&N stock, and of course, I didn't, and the stock took a jump today on the news.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-...19-718256.html

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Unless you were going to sell immediately on this bump, I wouldn't at all feel bad about not buying BN stock.
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This seems to have shaped up into a legitimate bid and it's unlikely anyone else will come forward since the company had already been "for sale" for more than six months. Presumably, Liberty is impressed with the Nook progress to date and is 100% supportive of whatever B&N intends to show off next Tuesday, Nookwise. So, medium term, it looks like competition is thriving in ereaders in the US ... now, maybe, B&N will think of expanding outside the US?
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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Here's a bit of analysis:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43113929...s-us_business/

Two theories:
1- Liberty has the content, B&N has the Nook and the stores; Malone is going after Apple
2- B&N has a big share of the bookseller business that will grow once Borders kicks the bucket
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:57 AM   #8
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I think the investment in B&N is more of a passive investment, although yes he wants 70%. There really aren't any synergies in marketing, products, and costs....perhaps on the managerial and finance side. Yes, maybe Nooks will be sold through Liberty's various web properties and at QVC, but they could have arranged for this anyhow.
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