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Merlin denies interest in SeaWorld acquisition
POSTED 11 Oct 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Merlin Entertainments has quashed rumours of a possible SeaWorld Entertainments takeover following reports suggesting the operator had made a bid.

A report last week from Bloomberg quoted “people familiar with the matter”, who suggested that the UK operator had made a bid to buy part, or all, of the US company, with the rumours following on from Merlin’s chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes calling SeaWorld’s assets “interesting”, particularly Busch Gardens.

“We can confirm that Merlin is not involved in any discussions that might lead to an acquisition of SeaWorld or any of its constituent parts,” said Merlin in a statement.

While Merlin is seemingly not interested in SeaWorld, a takeover or partial purchase of the company could still come from elsewhere, with new reports linking Spanish operator Parques Reunidos to a potential takeover of the operator.

SeaWorld has seen its share value drop 25 per cent in 2017 as CEO Joel Manby tries to turn around the company’s public image in the wake of the ongoing backlash from the 2013 documentary Blackfish, where it was alleged to be mistreating its orcas.

The operator currently owns a number of attractions, including its three SeaWorld parks, two Busch Gardens parks, Sesame Place, Discovery Cove and five waterparks.
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Merlin denies interest in SeaWorld acquisition
POSTED 11 Oct 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Merlin Entertainments has quashed rumours of a possible SeaWorld Entertainments takeover following reports suggesting the operator had made a bid.

A report last week from Bloomberg quoted “people familiar with the matter”, who suggested that the UK operator had made a bid to buy part, or all, of the US company, with the rumours following on from Merlin’s chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes calling SeaWorld’s assets “interesting”, particularly Busch Gardens.

“We can confirm that Merlin is not involved in any discussions that might lead to an acquisition of SeaWorld or any of its constituent parts,” said Merlin in a statement.

While Merlin is seemingly not interested in SeaWorld, a takeover or partial purchase of the company could still come from elsewhere, with new reports linking Spanish operator Parques Reunidos to a potential takeover of the operator.

SeaWorld has seen its share value drop 25 per cent in 2017 as CEO Joel Manby tries to turn around the company’s public image in the wake of the ongoing backlash from the 2013 documentary Blackfish, where it was alleged to be mistreating its orcas.

The operator currently owns a number of attractions, including its three SeaWorld parks, two Busch Gardens parks, Sesame Place, Discovery Cove and five waterparks.
RELATED STORIES
Parques Reunidos linked to SeaWorld sale


Parques Reunidos could be about to make a big splash in the attractions industry after fresh reports linked the Spanish operator with a potential takeover of SeaWorld.
Share prices rise as reports of Merlin's SeaWorld takeover mount


Merlin Entertainments is considering a bid for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, according to an increasing number of reports.
David D'Alessandro to step down from SeaWorld board as operator names Yoshikazu Maruyama new chair


Further strengthening its ties with China, SeaWorld has elected Zhonghong Zhuoye Group's (ZZG) Yoshikazu Maruyama as its new chair, also naming Donald C. Robinson as its lead independent director.
SeaWorld continuing with Chinese expansion plans despite domestic woes


Despite recent setbacks in its latest earnings report, SeaWorld continues to move forward with its Chinese expansion plans following its partial acquisition by Chinese investment firm Zhonghong Zhuoye Group (ZZG) earlier this year.
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A 150-year-old gas storage facility on St Petersburg’s Obvodny Canal has been transformed into a record-breaking planetarium.
Exclusive: Australian market recovering, says Village Roadshow COO as operator addresses safety concerns
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Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Paultons Park, United Kingdom
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Location: Concord, NC, United States
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Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Location: Carlsbad, CA, United States
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Madame Tussauds
Salary: Competitive
Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States



 
 
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Merlin denies interest in SeaWorld acquisition
POSTED 11 Oct 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Merlin Entertainments has quashed rumours of a possible SeaWorld Entertainments takeover following reports suggesting the operator had made a bid.

A report last week from Bloomberg quoted “people familiar with the matter”, who suggested that the UK operator had made a bid to buy part, or all, of the US company, with the rumours following on from Merlin’s chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes calling SeaWorld’s assets “interesting”, particularly Busch Gardens.

“We can confirm that Merlin is not involved in any discussions that might lead to an acquisition of SeaWorld or any of its constituent parts,” said Merlin in a statement.

While Merlin is seemingly not interested in SeaWorld, a takeover or partial purchase of the company could still come from elsewhere, with new reports linking Spanish operator Parques Reunidos to a potential takeover of the operator.

SeaWorld has seen its share value drop 25 per cent in 2017 as CEO Joel Manby tries to turn around the company’s public image in the wake of the ongoing backlash from the 2013 documentary Blackfish, where it was alleged to be mistreating its orcas.

The operator currently owns a number of attractions, including its three SeaWorld parks, two Busch Gardens parks, Sesame Place, Discovery Cove and five waterparks.
RELATED STORIES
Parques Reunidos linked to SeaWorld sale


Parques Reunidos could be about to make a big splash in the attractions industry after fresh reports linked the Spanish operator with a potential takeover of SeaWorld.
Share prices rise as reports of Merlin's SeaWorld takeover mount


Merlin Entertainments is considering a bid for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, according to an increasing number of reports.
David D'Alessandro to step down from SeaWorld board as operator names Yoshikazu Maruyama new chair


Further strengthening its ties with China, SeaWorld has elected Zhonghong Zhuoye Group's (ZZG) Yoshikazu Maruyama as its new chair, also naming Donald C. Robinson as its lead independent director.
SeaWorld continuing with Chinese expansion plans despite domestic woes


Despite recent setbacks in its latest earnings report, SeaWorld continues to move forward with its Chinese expansion plans following its partial acquisition by Chinese investment firm Zhonghong Zhuoye Group (ZZG) earlier this year.
 


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