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April 3, 2014
08:36 EDTBKS, LMCALiberty Media, Barnes & Noble announce change in ownership of preferred shares
Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA)) & Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that Liberty Media Corporation has entered into agreements to reduce its stake in Barnes & Noble. Liberty Media informed Barnes & Noble that while Liberty has sold the majority of its shares to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act, it will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment. Liberty further informed Barnes & Noble that the sale is expected to settle on Tuesday, April 8. As a result of Liberty’s reduced ownership, they will no longer have the right to elect two preferred stock directors to Barnes & Noble’s Board. Additionally, Liberty’s consent rights and pre-emptive rights will cease to apply. Due to the loss of the right to elect two preferred stock directors, Greg Maffei will cease to serve on the board as of the closing on April 8. Mark Carleton has been re-elected to the Barnes & Noble Board effective upon the closing on April 8.
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April 23, 2015
10:12 EDTLMCACharter seen as white knight for Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal blocked
The shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) are declining after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal. WHAT'S NEW: The FCC's staff yesterday recommended that the agency allow an administrative law judge to decide whether Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable should be allowed to proceed, according to The Wall Street Journal. Such a move by the FCC would be seen as a strong sign that the agency does not believe that the takeover is in the public interest, the newspaper stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack upgraded time Warner Cable to Buy from Hold. Assuming the Comcast deal is going to close, Time Warner Cable's stock is worth $193, McCormack wrote. But, even in the unlikely event that the deal is not approved, Charter Communications is likely to step in and buy Time Warner Cable at a similar valuation as that which Comcast agreed to, McCormack predicted. An acquisition by Charter would face less regulatory risk than the Comcast deal, he added. Moreover, if the Comcast deal,is vetoed, Time Warner Cable could return up to $7B of cash to shareholders before holding talks with Charter, wrote the analyst, who set a $193 price target on Time Warner Cable. WHAT'S NOTABLE: John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Time Warner Cable slipped fractionally to $149.30, Comcast rose 2% to $60 and Charter gained 0.4% to $185.70.
April 17, 2015
14:06 EDTLMCADOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcast’s (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
April 14, 2015
07:13 EDTLMCALiberty Media management to meet with UBS
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April 13, 2015
10:00 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Barnes & Noble (BKS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Calgon Carbon (CCC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Compass Diversified (CODI) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Green Bancorp (GNBC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Hilltop Holdings (HTH) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Independent Bank (IBTX) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... MarkWest Energy (MWE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... National Commerce (NCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Southside Bancshares (SBSI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with a Buy at Empire.
08:13 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum
Target $36.
07:22 EDTLMCAWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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07:12 EDTLMCALiberty Media management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Paris on April 13 hosted by UBS.

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