R-ADAG among over 10 firms interested in MGM: Report

R-ADAG among over 10 firms interested in MGM: Report

The Wall Street Journal has reported that MGM received interest from over ten firms and some made actual bids while others expressed interest but have not submitted offers. "MGM's current list of suitors includes Time Warner Inc; Lions Gate Entertainment; Summit Entertainment; Liberty Media Corp; News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal; and India's Reliance ADA Group," the daily said quoting people with knowledge of the situation.

According to the report, others signalling interest included private-investment firms Elliott Management and Access Industries, which is the investment arm of Russian-born industrialist Len Blavatnik.

The publication noted that offers for the movie studio, in the first round of bids, are not close to covering the USD 3.7 billion that is owed to lenders. The daily said bids ranged between USD 1.5 billion and USD 2.5 billion. Attributing to people familiar with the situation, the report said that MGM has begun evaluating the bids and could start providing more information to serious contenders in the near future.

MGM, which has a 4,000-title movie library, is owned by a group that includes private-equity firms Providence Equity Partners and TPG Inc and media companies Sony Corp and Comcast Corp. The publication said under almost any sale scenario, MGM would need approval from all its lenders. The movie studio's lending group, led by JP Morgan Chase & Co, includes some 140 investors, many of them hedge funds.

According to the daily, MGM has tapped the restructuring practice at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to prepare a possible prepackaged bankruptcy that would solicit approval from creditors ahead of a bankruptcy filing in hopes of limiting the movie studio's stay in court.

Quoting a person familiar with the situation, the report said, "Getting 140 people to say yes to anything is not easy." Further, the person said any bankruptcy filing would be a "quick in and out process" but cautioned that MGM was "far away from deciding (bankruptcy is) the way it has to go".

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