Lew Dickey, Jr. is now playing with other people’s money.
That’s why he plunked more of it on the table to buy Citadel last week at $37 a share.
The question is not whether Citadel is worth $37 a share in what some analysts call a “not fast growth business”.
The real question is what will one of the biggest under achieving operators in radio buy next.
You’ll love this.
Dickey has a reputation on Wall Street for overpaying for stations. Insiders say back in the days of the first round of consolidation with Richard Weening, “Lew would bid $40 a share and the joke among brokers was that Lew would pay Milwaukee prices for Oshkosh stations”.
As we witness The Second Coming of Investment Banks who will Lew Dickey prey upon to feed his ego?
This article reveals the potential victims that Lew Dickey may have his eyes on …
1. Clear Channel. Don’t laugh. Of course, Dickey can’t buy all of Clear Channel but can he buy some of it? Clear Channel has some new options developing as well to avoid having to sell hundreds of stations to pay debt. I’ll reveal it here.
2. CBS. Les Moonves wanted to sell his smaller markets, but does he want to sell more – maybe to Super Lew? You may be surprised.
3. Emmis. They’re in hot water. They’ve got some major market stations and now that Tricky Dickey is breaking into big market radio is this deal doable? I’ll explain.
4. Saga. Oh boy! Another company with no debt. Dickey likes those well-run companies to counteract his red ink. Read on.
5. Greater Media. Nice size group that gets Dickey closer to being as large as Clear Channel, but there is a little catch and you’ll learn it here.
6. Bonneville. Makes sense. They sold 17 stations to Hubbard. Slam-dunk?
7. Entercom. Stop drooling, Lew. Entercom bid against Cumulus for Citadel. I’m not saying Lew is a vindictive guy or anything but wouldn’t this be a great headline in the trades?
8. Hubbard. After all, they just bought 17 Bonneville stations. I’m giving Bruce Reese and the managers that are moving over to Hubbard with him a heart attack right now because Cumulus fires competent managers.
9. Cox. Not possible, right? After all they don’t like each other. Right? So that means Cox is safe, right?
10. Radio One. No. Never! Here is the one reason Dickey would buy all or part of Radio One. Maybe?
11. Regent. Out of bankruptcy after screwing its original investors – now this is just the kind of scenario that made Lew Dickey go after Citadel. Possible? Probable?
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