Hedge Fund Halts Takeover Talks, Inmarsat Shares Plunge

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Inmarsat shares took a dive yesterday after hedge fund Harbinger Capital halted talks of a possible takeover.  Harbinger has amassed a 28 percent stake in the U.K.-based mobile satellite communications group.

Harbinger, who has AUM upwards of $26 billion, decided to hold off after considering the lengthy process ahead in which they would have to gain clearance from the FCC.

“Harbinger remains interested in acquiring control of Inmarsat and is therefore actively considering whether to pursue the relevant regulatory and competition approvals in order to be able to make an offer for Inmarsat in the future,” the company said.

The hedge fund expressed interest in the company in hopes that Inmarsat might contribute to a U.S development of a satellite-based mobile phone network.

“Assuming there is an acceptable conclusion to the regulatory approval process, Harbinger would intend to re-enter into discussions with the board of Inmarsat regarding the terms of an offer and endeavour to seek a recommendation from the Inmarsat board at that time,” they added.

Harbinger isn’t the only hedge fund as of late to accumulate shares in Inmarsat.  Landsdowne Partners and Lehman Brothers have also been tapping into this market in hopes of consolidation in the industry.

Julie Scuderi
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