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Has GW been bought?

Postby killmaimburn » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:31 am

Original speculation goes back to 08 or so.. but recently (couple of weeks back) its came up again.. most recently here
http://natfka.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/ha ... if-so.html
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Bugger my copy and paste is still skrewed..
Anyhow yesterday I met source who said folks involved in buyout are Hasbro..

So what up..anyone hear anything, any feelings either way.. is this a disney buying lucas-wars thing where people mewl and scream until they realise that pixar,marvel,miramax and dreamworks have all profited from it(touchstone and holllywood were just arms length rebranded disney so they could release films without people complaining about swearing getting shot and chomped up by giant robots..basically because black hole scare dthe crap out of peeps)

good bad, or what? (inb4 omg they so dreadful now anything is up copypasta) what do they do to things they take over?

All I could find in a light search was that they bought wizards of the coast- and that when heroquest et al were released by MB it was already a subsidiary of hasbro.(and they have parker brothers,waddingtons etc etc). their actual direct product lines just seem to be gash pokemon and beyblade stuff at the mo.WIki says they own D+D..do they really?? :?
no real head for business. no knowledge of how things work.. just thought I'd repeat.

Stock price vaguely up http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GAW:LN/chart
many people pointing out that public listing means it would be a lot louder and not a secret special thing if it happened.
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Re: Has GW been bought?

Postby Spack » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:32 pm

The Hasbro buyout rumour pops up every few years. They'd need to buy shares off a bunch of investment companies to take over a majority holding. As stated in a few articles being a publicly traded company any buyout would have to be notified to the shareholders and stock market.

Share prices being up look to be a side effect of monthly release cycles - instead of stock values waning in between codex releases like they used to the shorter release cycle appears to be keeping the price higher. They do appear to keep their investor relations page updated with info, the latest being just a few days ago: http://investor.games-workshop.com/ Note that Nomad Investment Partnership has notified of an 11% shareholding in GW, however they used to hold more than this - in January, for instance, they had 18% share: http://investor.games-workshop.com/wp-c ... tion-8.pdf , and if you check the GW page almost every notification over the past few months show the Nomad share shrinking. Looks like they're selling up, note 10 Jul 2013 here: http://www.lse.co.uk/ShareTrades.asp?sh ... s_workshop where 50,000 shares were sold. There's been no notification on an increased share other than Legal and General in June: http://investor.games-workshop.com/wp-c ... e-2013.pdf

Note the primary shareholders here: http://investor.games-workshop.com/shar ... tatistics/

Shareholder Number of shares Percentage
The Nomad Investment Partnership LP 3,450,545 10.9%
Investec Asset Management Limited 3,087,765 9.7%
Ruffer LLP 2,492,260 7.8%
Tom Kirby 2,131,394 6.7%
Phoenix Asset Management Partners Limited 1,865,218 5.9%
FIL Limited 1,753,900 5.5%
Legal and General 1,683,901 5.3%
Artemis Investment Management LLP 1,620,001 5.1%

Compared to two years ago:

Shares Percentage
The Nomad Investment Partnership LP 7,414,887 23.8%
Investec Asset Management 5,768,410 18.5%
Phoenix Asset Management Partners Limited 4,190,607 13.5%
Shroeder Investment Management Limited 2,801,604 9.0%
Tom Kirby (Chairman of GW) 1,913,001 6.1%
Polar Capital Partners 1,162,220 3.7%


All of the top shareholders now have a lower number of shares each. Nomad has shed more than half it's shares in 2 years. If a takeover was imminent I'd expect shareholdings to remain stable, given that the shares are trading at higher values and a takeover would probably mean a spike in share prices making it better to hang onto the shares and dump them when the price jumps.

Did stumble across this that I hadn't seen before though - http://www.marketwatch.com/story/join-t ... 2013-06-11
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Re: Has GW been bought?

Postby Baragash » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:51 pm

Spack wrote:As stated in a few articles being a publicly traded company any buyout would have to be notified to the shareholders and stock market.


^This.

Plenty of regular 'Seer and Dakka posters hold shares, we won't need to speculate when an offer is actually made, it'll be public knowledge fairly quickly.

TBH GW don't represent a good takeover target anyway.
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Re: Has GW been bought?

Postby killmaimburn » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:10 am

Fair enough.. :)
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Re: Has GW been bought?

Postby Red Devil » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:15 pm

I'm at Hasbro on Thursday-I'll ask.

Their link with Wizards of the Coast gets me Magic decks (plus its 2014 time!)...
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