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April 28, 2014
06:07 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CHTRComcast announces divesture agreements with Charter
Comcast (CMCSA) and Charter Communications (CHTR) announced that the companies have reached an agreement on a series of transactions, whereby the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) entity, following completion of Comcast's previously announced merger with Time Warner Cable, will divest systems resulting in a net reduction of approximately 3.9M video customers. The divestiture will reduce Comcast's post-merger managed subscriber total to less than 30% of total national MVPD subscribers. Pursuant to the agreement, and following the close of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Charter will acquire approximately 1.4M existing Time Warner Cable subscribers, increasing Charter's current residential and commercial video customer base from 4.4M to approximately 5.7M, and making Charter the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter and Comcast will also each transfer approximately 1.6M customers respectively. In addition, Charter, through a tax free reorganization, will form a new holding company that will own 100% of Charter, and acquire an approximate 33% stake in a new publicly-traded cable provider to be spun-off by Comcast serving approximately 2.5M customers. Charter will provide management services to SpinCo. The agreement will be executed via three separate transactions, which are subject to the completion of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. The transfer of systems, asset purchase and SpinCo acquisition will be valued at a 7.125 times 2014 EBITDA multiple, and Charter will make additional payments to Comcast over time as tax benefits from the asset sale are realized. Comcast has reaffirmed that, after taking into account the transactions with Charter, it continues to expect its merger with Time Warner Cable to generate approximately $1.5B in operating efficiencies.
News For CMCSA;CHTR;TWC From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTTWCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
January 26, 2015
13:17 EDTTWC, CMCSALetters supporting Comcast-TWC merger ghostwritten by Comcast, The Verge says
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January 23, 2015
08:12 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
05:55 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
08:31 EDTCMCSA, TWCAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
06:17 EDTCMCSAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
05:56 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTCMCSANetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTCMCSACongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
09:09 EDTCMCSAYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link

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