21st Century Fox

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This article is about the corporation. For this corporation's film studio, see 20th Century Fox. For other uses, see 21st Century Fox (disambiguation).
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
Trading name 21st Century Fox
Type Public
Traded as Class A NASDAQFOXA
Class B NASDAQFOX
NASDAQ-100 Component (FOXA)
S&P 500 Component (FOXA)
Industry Mass media
Predecessors News Corporation
Founded June 28, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-06-28)
New York City, United States
Founders Rupert Murdoch
Headquarters 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Rupert Murdoch
(Chairman and CEO)
Products Broadcast media, film, entertainment
Revenue Increase US$ 31.867 billion (2014)[1]
Operating income Decrease US$ 05.189 billion (2014)[1]
Net income Decrease US$ 04.514 billion (2014)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 54.793 billion (2014)[1]
Total equity Increase US$ 17.418 billion (2014)[1]
Employees 27,000 (2014)[1]
Subsidiaries List of subsidiaries
Website www.21cf.com

Twenty-First Century Fox (spelled as 21st Century Fox) is an American multinational mass media corporation. It is one of two companies created from the 2013 split of News Corporation (as founded by Rupert Murdoch in 1979); 21st Century Fox retains the previous News Corporation's broadcasting and film assets and serves as its legal successor, while its publishing assets were spun off to form News Corp at the same time. The split was designed to ensure that both companies are operated under more "focused" management, which Murdoch claimed would "unlock" their true value.

Among its holdings are Fox Entertainment Group—owners of the 20th Century Fox film studio and Fox television network among other assets, and pan-Asian pay channel operator STAR TV.

History[edit]

21st Century Fox was formed by the splitting of entertainment and media properties from News Corporation. Rupert Murdoch remains chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of the new company, joined by Chase Carey as its president and COO. News Corporation's board approved the split on May 24, 2013, while shareholders approved the split on June 11, 2013;[2] the company completed the split on June 28 and formally started trading on the NASDAQ on July 1.[3][4][5] Plans for the split were originally announced on June 28, 2012, while additional details, and the working name of the new company were unveiled on December 3, 2012.[6][7][8]

Murdoch stated that performing this split would "unlock the true value of both companies and their distinct assets, enabling investors to benefit from the separate strategic opportunities resulting from more focused management of each division." The move also came in the wake of a series of scandals that had damaged the reputation of the company's publishing operations in the United Kingdom.[4][6] The split was structured so that News Corporation's publishing assets would be spun off into the similarly named News Corp, with the existing News Corporation being renamed 21st Century Fox and serving as its legal successor.[5][9][10]

While the company was originally announced as the Fox Group, on April 16, 2013, Murdoch announced the new name as a way to suggest the retaining of 20th Century Fox's heritage as the group advances into the future. Its logo was officially unveiled on May 9, 2013, featuring a modernized version of the iconic Fox searchlights.[11][12] However, the 21st Century Fox brand does not extend to the existing 20th Century Fox division (which remains under its original name).[13]

The formation of 21st Century Fox was officially finalized on June 28, 2013. It formally began trading on the NASDAQ and Australian Securities Exchange on July 1, 2013.[14][15]

On January 8, 2014, Rupert Murdoch announced plans to delist 21st Century Fox's shares from the Australian Securities Exchange, in favor of solely trading on the NASDAQ. Its listing in Australia was a holdover from its period as News Corporation, and 21st Century Fox has relatively little presence in Australia unlike News Corp. Murdoch stated that the changes, which are expected to be complete by June 2014, would "simplify the capital and operating structure" of 21st Century Fox and provide "improved liquidity" to shareholders.[15][16]

On March 26, 2014, 21st Century Fox announced the appointment of Lachlan and James Murdoch, sons of Chairman Rupert Murdoch, as Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Operations Officer respectively [17]

In June 2014, 21st Century Fox made a bid to acquire Time Warner, which had similarly spun off its publishing assets, for $80 billion in a cash and stock deal. The deal, which was rejected by Time Warner's board of directors in July 2014, would have also involved the sale of CNN to ease antitrust issues.[18]

On July 25, 2014, 21st Century Fox announced the sale of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to BSkyB for $9 billion, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.[19] Fox would use the money from the sale, along with $25 billion it received from Goldman Sachs, to attempt another bid for Time Warner.

On August 5, 2014, 21st Century Fox announced it had withdrawn its bid for Time Warner.[20] The company's stock had fallen sharply since the bid was announced, prompting directors to announce 21st Century Fox would buy back $6 billion of its shares over the following 12 months.[21]

Assets[edit]

21st Century Fox primarily consists of the media and broadcasting properties that were owned by its predecessor, such as the Fox Entertainment Group, STAR TV, and their 39.14% stake in BSkyB. News Corporation's broadcasting properties in Australia, such as Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia, remain a part of the newly renamed News Corp Australia—which was spun off with the new News Corp and is not a part of 21st Century Fox.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2014 Annual Report". 21st Century Fox. August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wall, Matthew (June 11, 2013). "News Corp shareholders vote to split company into two". BBC News. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers". The Guardian. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "News Corp. board approves company split, set for June 28". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "News Corp. plans June 11 shareholder vote on company split". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "News Corp confirms plan to split the media giant". BBC News. June 28, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "News Corp. Will Use Fox Name as Breakup Proceeds". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "New News is good news, says mogul". Business Day. South Africa: Fairfax Media. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Sweney, Mark (December 21, 2012). "News Corp's head of demerged newspaper arm may take home £2.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Chozik, Amy (December 21, 2012). "In Filing, News Corp. Says Publishing Business Showed $2.1 Billion Loss". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "21st Century Fox logo unveiled ahead of News Corp split". The Verge. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Finke, Nikki. 21st Century Fox Is Rupert Murdoch’s Renamed Entertainment Giant “To Take Us Into Future.” Deadline.com (April 16, 2013).
  13. ^ No Name Change for 20th Century Fox Deadline.com (April 16, 2013).
  14. ^ "News Corp officially splits in two". BBC News. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Abandons Australia Listing". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Fox stock may no longer trade in Murdoch's native Australia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "21ST CENTURY FOX ANNOUNCES BOARD AND EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES". Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ SORKIN, ANDREW ROSS; DE LA MERCED, MICHAEL J. (July 16, 2014). "Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner". New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe". Reuters. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  20. ^ "21st Century Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner". BBC News. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Murdoch withdraws bid to acquire Time Warner". Reuters. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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