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Electronic Arts extends Take-Two Interactive tender offer deadline

Electronic Arts extends its tender offer deadline for gaming rival Take-Two Interactive Software, marking its third extension since announcing its hostile bid.

Electronic Arts announced Tuesday it was extending its tender offer for rival game developer Take-Two Interactive Software to July 18, marking its third extension since launching its hostile bid in March.

EA, which is currently offering Take-Two investors $25.74 a share, said nearly 6.14 million shares have been tendered in, representing approximately 8 percent of Take-Two's shares.

In early morning trading, Take-Two's stock hovered at $26.35 per share.

EA's previous deadline for its tender offer was June 16, which came roughly a week after Take-Two reported better than expected quarterly earnings, thanks to its record-breaking launch of Grand Theft Auto IV.

"We congratulate Rockstar on the successful launch of GTA IV but believe our offer reflects a full and fair price based on the long-term value of Take-Two's entire operation," Owen Mahoney, EA senior vice president of corporate development, said in a statement.

Mahoney said its offer price is a "substantial premium" to where Take-Two's stock traded at prior to its offer. Prior to going hostile with a tender offer directly to investors, EA had given Take-Two a bear hug by publicly announcing its unsolicited offer in February. Take-Two had closed at $17.36 a share, prior to EA's public announcement of its unsolicited bid.

EA, should it keep its tender offer alive, may have to add another extension beyond its July 18 deadline. That's because it's working on supplying the FTC with its requested information, at which point the FTC will then have 45 days to review it. If the FTC takes all 45 days, that would surpass EA's new extension deadline which is now set to expire in 32 days.