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December 7, 2012
06:13 EDTDISCA, KKRDiscovery close to buying ProSieben assets, Telegraph reports
The Discovery Channel (DISCA) is closing in on ProSieben, which is owned by Permira and KKR (KKR), in a deal that could be worth EUR1.3B, or GBP1.05B, the Telegraph reports. Providence Equity Partners may look to launch a bid for ProSieben, but insiders believe Discovery will emerge with the assets. Reference Link
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July 21, 2014
06:34 EDTDISCADeals increase vulnerability of small cable stations, NY Times reports
Recent major M&A deals, if approved, would make the owners of small cable TV channels more vulnerable, industry executives and analysts say, according to The New York Times. It is uncertain if the small cable TV networks will be acquired or disappear, the newspaper stated. Owners of small cable channels include Discovery Communications (DISCA), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Crown Media (CRWN). Reference Link
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTDISCACable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
07:14 EDTKKRBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTDISCAMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
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11:28 EDTKKRLeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
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11:16 EDTKKRCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
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07:43 EDTDISCADiscovery volatility expected to move on Time Warner rejecting 21st Century Fox
Discovery (DISCA) volatility expected to move after Time Warner (TWX) rejected an $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, (FOXA). Overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average of according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement. Discovery is expected to release of Q2 results on July 31.
06:50 EDTKKRKKR co-founders could eventually be replaced by Nuttal, Bae, Reuters says
KKR co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts have noted they plan to stay at the firm for at least five more years, but Scott Nuttall and Joseph Bae are surfacing as the most likely people to fill those positions eventually, according to Reuters, citing sources. The sources said that both Kravis and Roberts have kept details of the succession plan a secret even within the company. Reference Link
July 15, 2014
07:09 EDTKKRKKR, PEP to make joint $1B offer for SAI, Reuters says
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July 14, 2014
14:58 EDTKKRKKR mulls sale of German telco Versatel, WSJ says
Private equity firm KKR (KKR) is thinking about selling its German telecommunications company Versatel GmbH, says the Wall Street Journal. If a sale process is initiated it may open the door to bids from UK's Vodafone (VOD) or potentially Telefónica (TEF), added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:56 EDTDISCADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:30 EDTKKRKKR to acquire minority stakes in Swiss internet shopping sites, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTKKRKKR acquires 25% interest in BlackGold Capital Management
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05:43 EDTKKRKKR, Ringier partner to invest in growth of Ringier
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July 10, 2014
09:29 EDTDISCADiscovery Europe strategy creates fantastic buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:46 EDTKKRKKR aims for joint offer for SAI Global with PEP, Reuters says
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