It’s official: Disney to absorb most of Fox for $52.4 billion, plus debt

Disney's Robert A. Iger and Fox's Rupert Murdoch. Source: The Walt Disney Company

In an all stock $52.5 billion dollar deal, The Walt Disney company will buy 21st Century Fox, the parent company of the 20th Century Fox film studios, the FX Networks, and National Geographic film and TV, Disney said in a release Thursday.

Not included in the deal are Fox News and Business channels, the Fox Sports national channels, and the Fox Broadcasting Networks and stations.

“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings. The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”

“We are extremely proud of all that we have built at 21st Century Fox, and I firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. “Furthermore, I’m convinced that this combination, under Bob Iger’s leadership, will be one of the greatest companies in the world. I’m grateful and encouraged that Bob has agreed to stay on, and is committed to succeeding with a combined team that is second to none.”