Liberty Media Corp. Wednesday exercised its right to buy $500 million worth of preferred shares in News Corp.
This past March, News Corp. gave Liberty the right to buy more of its preferred limited-voting ordinary American Depository Receipts at $21.50 each in a major fund-raising deal ahead of its $6.6 billion bid for control of DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics Corp.
By choosing to exercise its right Wednesday, Liberty picked up the ADRs at a significant discount to their $27.29 closing price in New York Tuesday.
Analysts estimated that the deal would lift Liberty’s current stake in News Corp. -- held in preferred scrip -- to about 23% from 18%. The family of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch owns about 30% of the company.