Paramount nasdaq Para Stock Soars As Byron Allen Makes Billion Acquisition Bid

Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA) Stock Soars as Byron Allen Makes $30 Billion Acquisition Bid

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA) shares jumped nearly 7% on Wednesday after media mogul Byron Allen proposed a $30 billion acquisition of the company’s outstanding stock and debt.

Allen Media Group told Bloomberg that their $30 billion proposal, including debt and equity, is the best solution for all Paramount Global shareholders. They emphasized that the bid deserves careful consideration and pursuit.

Bloomberg reports that the agreement stipulates Allen’s payment of $28.58 for each voting share and $21.53 per non-voting share. This arrangement culminates in a total valuation of $14.3 billion for the outstanding shares.

The remaining amount from the $30 billion proposal is allocated to settle existing debts. This proposition by Allen Media Group follows a little over a month after Allen reaffirmed an offer of $3.5 billion to acquire BET Media Group.

Paramount Attracts Multiple Suitors

Allen is not the sole party expressing interest in Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA). A meeting occurred last month between Bob Bakish, the Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Global, and David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), to explore the possibility of a merger.

Reports at the time indicated that both corporations had engaged financial advisors, though discussions were at an early stage. At the same time, Paramount was in talks with Skydance Media, which aimed to privatize the company. David Ellison, Skydance’s CEO, had spent several months attempting to secure the preferred voting shares of controlling shareholder Shari Redstone, held by the Redstone family’s holding company, National Amusements.

Divergent Views Among Industry Analysts

Industry experts had differing opinions on the deal, and Allen Media Group chose not to reveal its financing “strategic partners.” Moffett Nathanson analysts noted that this lack of transparency raises concerns about the offer’s credibility.

Analysts from Moffett Nathanson expressed doubts about Allen’s proposed business strategy for the company. This plan involved divesting Paramount Pictures, the company’s film studio, and its real estate assets to focus on enhancing its linear television services and streaming platform.

Wells Fargo analyst Steven Cahall expressed optimism about Allen’s proposal, finding the business strategy “credible” with its focus on B shareholders and increased chances of acquisition and split. Allen’s concentration on B shareholders over Redstone’s dominant A shares might encourage the board to “explore options that benefit everyone.”

The analyst also highlighted that while other parties are interested in acquiring Paramount for its film studio and divesting its diminishing linear assets, Allen’s contrary approach increases the likelihood of a successful sale of Paramount Pictures.

Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA) Stock Performance

PARA stock soared 6.65% on Wednesday. The traders had exchanged hands with 70,779,849 (70.77 million) shares compared to the average daily trading volume of 16.30 million.