This excerpt taken from the DIS 10-K filed Dec 2, 2009.
On May 9, 2008, the Company acquired a 24% interest (bringing its fully undiluted interest to 37%) in UTV Software Communications Limited (UTV), a media company headquartered and publicly traded in India, for approximately $197 million. In accordance with Indian securities regulations, the Company was required to make an open tender offer to purchase up to an additional 23% of UTVs publicly traded voting shares for a price equivalent to the May 9th, 2008 Indian rupee purchase price. In November 2008, the Company completed the open offer and acquired an incremental 23% of UTVs voting shares for approximately $138 million bringing its undiluted interest to 60%. Due to the change in the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Indian rupee from May to November, the US dollar price per share was lower in November than in May. UTVs founder has a four year option to buy all or a portion of the shares acquired by the Company during the open offer period at a price no less than the Companys open offer price. If the trading price upon exercise of the option exceeds the price paid by the Company, then the option price is capped at the Companys open offer price plus a 10% annual return. The Company does not have the right to vote the shares subject to the option until the expiration of the option and accordingly the Companys ownership interest in voting shares is 48%. In addition to the acquisition of UTV, on August 5, 2008, the Company invested $28 million in a UTV subsidiary, UTV Global Broadcasting Limited (along with UTV, the UTV Group). The Companys investment in the UTV Group is accounted for under the equity method.
Although UTVs operating performance to date has generally been consistent with our expectations, in light of recent economic conditions we have tempered our future expectations. Based on the Companys internal valuation of the UTV business, which was estimated using a discounted cash flow model, we recorded non-cash impairment charges totaling $65 million in fiscal 2009. The Companys carrying value of its investment in the UTV Group of $298
million significantly exceeds the current trading value, and the Company will continue to monitor its investment in the UTV Group. UTV has recently announced that it is considering raising additional capital which could consist of equity shares of UTV stock, debentures or foreign currency convertible bonds. If UTV issued additional shares, depending upon the price of the issuance, an incremental impairment of our investment in UTV Group could be required.