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Berlusconi confirms Mediaset Spain bid

Silvio Berlusconi has launched a €780 million bid to become the 100 per cent owner of Mediaset Spain. MFE-MediaForEurope, the Berlusconi-controlled group, will pay up to €5.613 per share, taking 44 per cent as the other 56 per cent is already under its control. The group will pay €258 million in cash and 624 new […]

March 16, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Berlusconi may consolidate Mediaset Spain

Italian media tycoon and former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is reportedly considering launching a takeover bid for the 44 per cent stake in Mediaset Spain he doesn’t already control through MFE-MediaForEurope. The CNMV (stock market) has suspended Mediaset Spain shares in view of the potential bid, valued at around €700 million according to Bloomberg. Berlusconi […]

March 14, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

MFE ups ProSiebenSat.1 stake

MFE-MediaForEurope has announced that, directly and indirectly, it has crossed the threshold of 25 per cent of secured voting rights of Germany broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE through purchases of shares on the market. The company, headed by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, was already the biggest shareholder in the broadcaster with a 23.9 per […]

March 14, 2022

Bank upbeat for MFE-MediaForEurope

MFE-MediaForEurope, the new holding business formed by Mediaset under the Dutch registered umbrella company, has received a positive note from equity analysts at Berenberg Bank. MFE-MediaForEurope released a preliminary alert as to its expected financials (themselves due in full towards the end of April) and these, says the bank, appeared to be well ahead of […]

March 3, 2022

MFE-MediaForEurope results “better than expected”

Netherlands-based MFE-MediaforEurope (former Mediaset) has posted 2021 net consolidated revenues of €2.91 billion, up 11 per cent on 2020. Net profit in the period increased 169 per cent, year on year, to €374 million, almost double the pre-Covid level of 2019. In Italy, consolidated net revenues amounted to €2.04 billion (+13 per cent), while net […]

March 2, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Mediaset is now ‘MFE: Media For Europe’

Mediaset announced its new name over the weekend, and at the same time explained to shareholders and investors how the new Amsterdam business would be structured. In essence it has introduced a dual share class structure with different voting rights in order to have greater flexibility to finance future M&A transactions. The name change into […]

October 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Mediaset seeks alternative to MFE plan

The Board of Directors of Mediaset has admitted that the MFE ‘MediaForEurope’ project cannot be implemented and is seeking alternatives. This follows the sentence issued by the Court of Madrid that rejected the appeal by Mediaset Espana requesting the removal of the suspension of the cross-border merger plan. According to the Italian broadcaster, the project […]

August 6, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome