BREAKING: Disney Officially Taking Full Ownership of Hulu

The Walt Disney Company has officially announced that they will purchase the last 33% stake of Hulu from Comcast, giving them full ownership of the streaming service.

Currently, Disney owns a two-thirds majority stake in the streaming service, with Comcast owning the other third.

Under the original 2019 agreement between Disney and Comcast, Disney could require Comcast to sell, or Comcast could force Disney to buy their remaining 33 percent stake in Hulu in January 2024, but the negotiations were shifted to this fall.

Read the press release from Disney below.

The Walt Disney Company to Purchase Remaining Stake in Hulu from Comcast

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today that it will acquire the 33% stake in Hulu, LLC held by Comcast Corp.’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBC Universal (NBCU), following Comcast’s November 1 exercise of its right under the put/call arrangement between the two companies. The acquisition of Comcast’s stake in Hulu at fair market value will further Disney’s streaming objectives.

Under the terms of the put/call arrangement, by December 1, Disney expects it will pay NBCU approximately $8.61 billion, representing NBCU’s percentage of the $27.5 billion guaranteed floor value for Hulu that was set when the companies entered into their agreement in 2019 minus the anticipated outstanding capital call contributions payable by NBCU to Disney. Under the appraisal process agreed to by Disney and Comcast, Hulu’s equity fair value will be assessed as of September 30, 2023, and if the value is ultimately determined to be greater than the guaranteed floor value, Disney will pay NBCU its percentage of the difference between the equity fair value and the guaranteed floor value. While the timing of the appraisal process is uncertain, we anticipate it should be completed during the 2024 calendar year.

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