Shares in Peppa Pig owner jump 30% after Hasbro’s $4bn bid

Transatlantic deal gives Hasbro access to company’s infant and preschool market

Peppa Pig, whose owner Entertainment One Hasbro has offered to buy.

Peppa Pig, whose owner Entertainment One Hasbro has offered to buy.

 

Shares of Entertainment One rose nearly 30 per cent on Friday, a day after US toy maker Hasbro offered to buy the owner of popular children’s television show Peppa Pig for about $4 billion in cash.

The transatlantic deal gives Hasbro, which has seen growth with Marvel’s Avengers toys, access to Entertainment One’s lucrative infant and preschool market.

Brokerage RBC, which raised its price target for Entertainment One, said it was “not ruling out a competing bid, but eOne has likely done its homework”.

Under the deal, Entertainment One’s shareholders will receive £5.60 per share, representing a premium of 26.4 per cent to Thursday’s close.

“For Hasbro to buy Entertainment One for the Family & Brands division makes a lot of sense, adding Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and the newer Ricky Zoom brands to its licensing portfolio,” Fiona Orford Williams, director, media analyst, Edison Group, said.

“It is much less clear how the film, TV and music division fits in the enlarged group.” – Reuters