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Take-Two to EA: Your offer isn’t high enough

Tuesday, 17th June 2008 15:05 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s chairman, has responded to EA’s offer extension to July 18 with the same line he’s always stuck to – the price isn’t high enough.

“The latest extension of EA’s unsolicited, highly conditional tender offer does not alter the fact that their proposal still significantly undervalues Take-Two, a fact that is reflected in the overwhelming number of stockholders who still have not tendered their shares,” he said.

“Our Board of Directors remains in unanimous agreement that the proposal is contrary to the best interests of Take-Two stockholders, and the Board continues to recommend that stockholders not tender their shares to EA. The Board remains focused on the strategic process that began formally on April 30 to consider all alternatives to maximize value. We believe that these alternatives, which may include a business combination or remaining independent, will deliver greater value to stockholders than the current EA offer.”

CEO Ben Feder added: “Take-Two’s vast potential to create and enhance stockholder value has become even more evident in recent weeks, with the runaway success of Grand Theft Auto IV, a product pipeline that is one of the strongest and most creative in our history, and continued operational and financial progress. We believe that any alternative we consider must fully reflect the value we are creating and capture that value for the benefit of our stockholders.”

Press release after the link.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Responds to Electronic Arts’ Fourth Extension of Tender Offer
Tuesday June 17, 9:00 am ET

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO – News) today responded to Electronic Arts Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ERTS – News) announcement that it is extending for a fourth time its unsolicited conditional tender offer to acquire all of Take-Two’s outstanding shares.

As reported by EA, only 6,139,824 of Take-Two’s outstanding shares, or approximately 7.9% of the total, tendered into EA’s offer as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 16, 2008.

“The latest extension of EA’s unsolicited, highly conditional tender offer does not alter the fact that their proposal still significantly undervalues Take-Two, a fact that is reflected in the overwhelming number of stockholders who still have not tendered their shares,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of the Board of Take-Two. “Our Board of Directors remains in unanimous agreement that the proposal is contrary to the best interests of Take-Two stockholders, and the Board continues to recommend that stockholders not tender their shares to EA. The Board remains focused on the strategic process that began formally on April 30 to consider all alternatives to maximize value. We believe that these alternatives, which may include a business combination or remaining independent, will deliver greater value to stockholders than the current EA offer.”

Ben Feder, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Take-Two’s vast potential to create and enhance stockholder value has become even more evident in recent weeks, with the runaway success of Grand Theft Auto IV, a product pipeline that is one of the strongest and most creative in our history, and continued operational and financial progress. We believe that any alternative we consider must fully reflect the value we are creating and capture that value for the benefit of our stockholders.”

For more information, please visit www.taketwovalue.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Enkeixpress

    That figures.

    EA’s offer is never high enough for a Great company like Take Two.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    merging with time warner and thq is the only sane option

    TWaTHQ!

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    I can translate all of that:

    “I can’t buy a new boat with the money I’d get from the EA offer. I really want a new boat.”

    #3 7 years ago
  4. El_MUERkO

    And some hookers for the boat, cause boats are crap without hookers on them, it’s a fact.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. kasai

    and Alcohol because a boat with just hookers is even worse.

    #5 7 years ago

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