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April 28, 2014
06:07 EDTCMCSA, CHTR, TWCComcast 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.
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September 11, 2014
13:06 EDTTWC, CMCSADeal probe expanded to AT&T, DirecTV agreement, Reuters says
The state attorneys general who are collaborating with the U.S. Justice Department to figure out if Comcast's (CMCSA) purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) is permissible have broadened their probe to also incorporate AT&T's (T) potential acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters, citing sources close to the merger investigation. Reference Link
10:02 EDTCMCSAcomcast and Liberty global announce agreement to connect WiFi networks
Comcast (CMCSA) and Liberty Global LBTYA) have announced an agreement to allow users to access each other’s Wi-Fi networks, creating an international Wi-Fi access agreement that will give many Xfinity Internet and Liberty Global internet customers access to millions of new Wi-Fi access points in various countries by 2015.
09:02 EDTCMCSACSG Systems selected by Comcast to power Xfinity On Campus
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September 10, 2014
11:50 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CHTRComcast sees Time Warner Cable deal closing in early 2015
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10:26 EDTCMCSA, TWCDiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
10:00 EDTCHTR, TWC, CMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:43 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
Target $62.
07:31 EDTCMCSAGoldman to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTCHTRCharter initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
Target $182.
06:04 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
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September 9, 2014
11:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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07:44 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:17 EDTTWCThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
17:31 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding STAVRA proposal
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06:59 EDTTWC, CMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:20 EDTTWC, CMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
06:41 EDTCMCSAFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
September 3, 2014
13:35 EDTCMCSAComcast and Nascar reach 10-year series entitlement agreement
NASCAR and Comcast announced an agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
11:18 EDTCHTR, CMCSA, TWCCharter, Comcast say SpinCo to be called GreatLand Connections
Charter Communications (CHTR) and Comcast Corporation (CMCSA, CMCSK) announced the name of the new cable company that will be spun off from Comcast upon completion of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the Comcast – Charter transactions. The company referred to as "SpinCo" or "Midwest Cable LLC" will be known as GreatLand Connections Inc.
10:47 EDTCMCSAOpco sees DISH trying to buy T-Mobile for $40/share
Oppenheimer earlier today said it sees DISH (DISH) trying to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share, and that there is a 20% chance a deal could be announced ahead of the September 10 FCC-mandated quiet period. Opco does not believe DISH can successfully partner with Sprint (S) or T-Moblile (TMUS), leaving buying T-Mobile or selling spectrum as its primary options. The firm expects additional wireless consolidation within the next year, and lists the most likely outcomes as a T-Mobile/DISH merger or T-Mobile/Comcast (CMCSA) merger.
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