Inmarsat dives after hedge fund suspends talks

Times Online- Shares in Inmarsat, the mobile satellite communications group, plunged 12.2 per cent today after it emerged that Harbinger Capital, the activist American hedge fund investor, has suspended talks over a possible takeover.

While both parties left the door open to a future deal, Inmarsat’s stock lost 62.75p to fall to 449.75p in early trading.

Harbinger, which owns 28 per cent of Inmarsat, has put talks on hold to consider the lengthy regulation involved in such a deal, which could take up to 18 months.

The hedge fund would have to gain clearance from the Federal Communications Commission, the US industry watchdog that oversees the sector in a similar way to Ofcom in Britain.

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