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Disney-Pixar deal as win-win -Hollywood 1/31/06


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  • Disney-Pixar deal as win-win -Hollywood 1/31/06

    Jan. 31, 2006

    Most see Dis-Pixar deal as win-win
    By Georg Szalai

    NEW YORK -- Throughout most of last week, Wall Street discussed the financial and strategic implications of the Walt Disney Co.'s $7.4 billion takeover deal for Pixar Animation Studios.

    Sanders Morris Harris analyst David Miller joined the debate over who is the bigger winner in the transaction. "This is a better deal for Disney than it is for Pixar," he argued, citing three key advantages for the Mouse House -- ownership of all film franchises, full economic ownership and benefits, as well as a transformation of its animation unit.

    "Despite near-term (earnings) dilution, we believe the deal is a long-term strategic positive for Disney," Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet echoed the notion that Disney will benefit from the buyout. "It raises the odds of a successful animation turnaround and eliminates a major animation competitor." Overall, he called the transaction "a bold strategic bet" by Disney CEO Robert Iger.
    Full article at
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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