Disney shares rose Monday morning all thanks to the confidence exhibited by Daniel Loeb. Loeb is the Chief Executive of Third Point LLC, an NYC-based hedge fund that previous sold off company shares during the pandemic.
But, in what may not seem like an unprecedented purchase, Loeb purchased nearly $1 billion of Disney stock Monday – all in the hopes of lending a helping hand to the company and its streaming subsidiaries.
In a letter sent to Disney’s management, Loeb expressed several suggestions on where the company could cut costs. Additionally, he suggested that the House of Mouse buy out the rest of Hulu from Comcast – the latter of which has a minority stake – and add even more members to its executive board.
In regards to the Hulu takeover, Loeb made it clear that he believes the future is streaming and that any other stake in its platforms could potentially be a threat to future profits.
He also suggested a potential spin-off of Disney’s sports sector a.k.a ESPN. Although he didn’t disclose what the spin-off could be, he called the platform a source of “great business” that would always generate great content for viewers and great value for shareholders.
Despite there being no comment on CEO Bob Chapek – or his recent widely-publicized backlash – Loeb’s call for more board members is being interpreted as an open arm to more diverse higher-ups.
In a statement responding to Loeb’s purchase, a Disney representative seemed to double down on the current’s board’s accomplishments, while emphasizing that most board members only serve for an average of four years. That means that new faces and names are on the horizon. While that is no doubt a positive thing, it ultimately comes down to what they bring to the table.