Liberty Global has purchased 138.7 million shares in ITV plc, increasing its stake in Britain’s largest free-to-air commercial broadcaster to 9.9% of its outstanding shares, but assured regulators that it has no plans to take over the company.
“Given ITV's operating and stock price performance, we were able to increase our stake to 9.9% with no incremental investment by hedging our existing equity position,” said Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries in a statement. “This investment remains an opportunistic one for us in our largest market. ITV is a well-run company with attractive growth potential, and we are pleased to increase our position as their largest shareholder.”
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