Take Two: Give It up, EA

Take Two’s Board has once again taken the opportunity to tell the world that EA’s $25.74-per-share tender offer ‘undervalues’ the company – and revealed that it is already talking to other interested parties.

EA announced this afternoon that it had extended the deadline for acceptance of its bid until Monday, June 16th.

Just 6,210,261 of Take-Two’s outstanding shares, or approximately eight per cent of the total were tended in at midnight on Friday – when EA’s previous deadline went by without an announcement from either party.

Tske Two executive chairman Strauss Zelnick said: "This is the same highly conditional proposal that EA offered Take-Two stockholders on March 13th, 2008, which our Board of directors thoroughly reviewed and unanimously determined to be inadequate and contrary to the best interests of Take-Two’s stockholders.

As such, the recommendation of our Board of Directors that stockholders not tender their shares to EA remains unchanged. The Board is committed to maximizing stockholder value and is exploring all strategic alternatives to do so. We said we were willing to begin formal discussions with interested parties on April 30th, following the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV, and we have in fact begun that process.

We are confident in the significant growth potential of Take Two and in the unique value of our business given our strong position in this growing and dynamic industry."

Ben Feder, Take-Two’s CEO, added, "EA’s highly conditional offer fails to compensate our stockholders for our exceptional portfolio of intellectual property, world-class creative resources, and our successful revitalization initiatives.

In the last several weeks, our strategy and Take Two value have been vividly demonstrated by two notable events. The record-breaking sales performance of Grand Theft Auto IV in its first week of release confirmed its status as the most successful video game launch of all time and as a blockbuster on par with any entertainment product ever released. We have also just announced an agreement with Universal Pictures to make BioShock, the universally acclaimed hit video game, into a feature film, demonstrating how Take-Two is delivering value from our powerful and wholly-owned intellectual property.

The small number of shares tendered into EA’s offer to date demonstrates that our stockholders agree with what our Board has maintained from the beginning: EA’s proposal undervalues our Company."

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