CIAM has high hopes for Sky
by Justine Crestois
European activist fund CIAM is invested in Sky and believes the company is worth 17 pounds per share, CEO Catherine Berjal told has told Activist Insight Online.
The merger arbitrage specialist bought shares when they were trading at around 9 pounds per share, Berjal said. Although known for litigating buyouts it believes undervalue target companies, CIAM is taking a passive approach in this case, allowing other shareholders to argue for a better price.
A recent Takeover Panel decision set a floor price of 14 pounds after hearing arguments from Elliott Management and other shareholders arguing for a higher amount but CIAM did not expect that process would prove crucial to the outcome. “There’s an open auction, and that’s what we like,” Berjal told Activist Insight Online.
Sky shares breached 10 pounds per share in December 2017 and have not dropped significantly below that level this year, due to a bidding war between Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox.
On Thursday, the stock closed at 15.80 pounds, after it was revealed Fox and Comcast would square off in an auction for the broadcaster.
Activist Insight Online understands that CIAM owns around 3 million shares in Sky, or a 0.2% stake.