Plan would flood the market with shares, raising takeover costs
On Monday, the Netflix board of directors instituted an anti-takeover plan designed to prevent investor and corporate raider Carl Icahn from growing his 10 percent stake in the company. Under the plan, Netflix stock owners will be allowed to acquire more stock if any investor acquires more than 10 percent of the company. The plan is designed to flood the market with shares and reduce the value of the stock making it too expensive for any individual investor to acquire enough stock to take control of the company.
First steps of due diligence underway, deal valued at $11 billion
Best Buy founder and ex-CEO Richard Shulze and at least four private equity firms have started reviewing the financial data of the beleaguered chain in the first steps toward would could wind up being a $11 billion buyout, according to people familiar with the matter. Schulze is negotiating with the equity firms to determine how much of his 20 percent stake in the company he would have to shell out in a bit and what role he would fill after the takeover.
Team reminded to remain "laser focused" on plans
Following the disclosure of HP's plan to acquire Palm, the struggling company's CEO, Jon Rubinstein, commended employees for their hard work and reminded the team to remain focused on existing goals, according to a company-wide e-mail posted on the Wall Street Journal. The CEO framed the move as a "huge step forward" in accelerating Palm's transformation strategy.
Rumors fly at Sun Valley
More questions were brought up about the sale of Yahoo at the Sun Valley conference being held this week in Idaho, says the New York Times. A table in a bar filled with the likes of Google co-founder Larry Page, Yahoo President Sue Decker, Legg Mason Capital Management's Bill Miller -- who is one of Yahoo's largest shareholders -- and former Yahoo chief Terry Semel has the media, investors and analysts speculating about the type of conversation taking place.