CNBC: New York Times Potential Acquisition Target for Google

November 3rd, 2009 4:17 PM

Want more evidence print media is giving way to digital formats? According to CNBC "Squawk on the Street" Nov. 3, Internet behemoth Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) could have its sights set on The New York Times (NYSE:NYT).

Brian Shactman, a general assignment reporter for CNBC noted an article in the Nov. 2 Wall Street Journal that indicated a lot of big companies are hoarding cash and short term investments and it pointed out the information technology sector had nearly $280 billion to invest.

"There's so much talk today about M and A," Shactman said of mergers and acquisitions. "Well let's look it forward - some names out there that could be in the offing, some things to think about. Remember The Wall Street Journal said yesterday tech has about $280 billion to work with. Remember Google said they wanted to make about one acquisition a month. They have the cash - they got to speed up."

Shactman said S&P 400 companies, an index of companies with mid-cap stocks, could be targets of S&P 500, since many of those companies have this cash on hand.

"I talked to James Altucher of today," Shactman said. "He basically said the S&P 400 is going to get bought by the S&P 500 mainly because of a lot of issues with financing."

According to the Journal, Google's cash and short-term investments are up 53 percent to $22 billion in the third quarter from a year ago, accounting for 58 percent of its total assets. That puts Google in position to make a move on the Times and many targets.

"One name he said - New York Times - could be a target by Google," Shactman said. " is a big revenue driver for them. It's trading at under $10. He said they should just throw in the towel - New York Times."

Earlier this year, a share of New York Times had fallen under $4 a share. It's rebounded since then, approaching nearly $11 a share in October, but has since settled just $8 a share.