Historically, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has not been a company in love with partners, so it should come as no surprise that the new owners of NBCUniversal are willing to pay between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to be sole owners of theme parks Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
The recipient of Comcast's largesse would be Blackstone Group which, for now at least, owns a 50 percent stake in the two Orlando theme parks. Blackstone has been shopping its interest in the two parks since March and a deal must be finalized by June 12 to stop it from continuing to put its share on the open market, according to The Wrap Media, which broke the story.
According to Comcast's recent earnings reports, the theme parks are doing well (with $1.1 billion in revenues last year). Comcast, the report claims, is willing to pay the price to keep those revenues in its diverse portfolio.
- The Wrap has this story
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