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Authors: Lisa P Meulbroek
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 1998
Version: 1 June 1998
Length: 21 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

Richard Munro, Time Inc's chairman and CEO, must respond to a hostile tender offer from Paramount Communications. Paramount conditioned its bid on cancellation of Time's plans to merge with Warner Communications. Several months before the hostile Paramount bid, Time had announced its plans to merge with Warner after careful consideration of a comprehensive list of possible partners, including Paramount. The Board endorsed Munro's decision to merge with Warner because the two firms held a wide range of complementary assets. If Time continued with its plans to merge with Warner, Time's shareholders would forgo at least $175 per share in cash, and possibly more. On the other hand, a merger with Paramount was not part of Time's long-term strategy. Munro must recommend a specific course of action to the Board at its emergency session. Th ecase is written from the viewpoint of Time's managers. Should Time's managers resist the Paramount bid?
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USD1.8 billion revenues
Other setting(s):
1989

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Abstract

Richard Munro, Time Inc's chairman and CEO, must respond to a hostile tender offer from Paramount Communications. Paramount conditioned its bid on cancellation of Time's plans to merge with Warner Communications. Several months before the hostile Paramount bid, Time had announced its plans to merge with Warner after careful consideration of a comprehensive list of possible partners, including Paramount. The Board endorsed Munro's decision to merge with Warner because the two firms held a wide range of complementary assets. If Time continued with its plans to merge with Warner, Time's shareholders would forgo at least $175 per share in cash, and possibly more. On the other hand, a merger with Paramount was not part of Time's long-term strategy. Munro must recommend a specific course of action to the Board at its emergency session. Th ecase is written from the viewpoint of Time's managers. Should Time's managers resist the Paramount bid?

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Location:
Size:
USD1.8 billion revenues
Other setting(s):
1989

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