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May 8, 2014
07:37 EDTLMCA, CHTR, TWCLiberty Media to spin-off Liberty Broadband into new publicly-traded company
Liberty Media’s (LMCA) board has authorized management to pursue a plan to spin-off to its stockholders common stock of a newly formed company to be called Liberty Broadband and to distribute subscription rights to acquire shares of Liberty Broadband’s common stock. Liberty Broadband would be comprised of, among other things, Liberty Media's interest in Charter Communications (CHTR), subsidiary TruePosition, minority equity investment in Time Warner Cable (TWC) and certain deferred tax and deferred revenue liabilities, as well as liabilities related to the Time Warner call option. In the spin-off, record holders of Series A, Series B and Series C common stock would receive one-fourth of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Broadband common stock for each share of common stock held by them as of the record date for the spin-off, with cash in lieu of fractional shares. In addition, stockholders will also receive a subscription right to acquire one share of Series C Liberty Broadband common stock for every five shares of Liberty Broadband common stock they receive in the spin-off. The subscription rights are being issued to raise capital for general corporate purposes of Liberty Broadband and will enable the holders to acquire shares of Series C Liberty Broadband common stock at a 20% discount to the 20-trading day volume weighted average trading price of the Series C Liberty Broadband common stock following the completion of the spin-off. The company expects the subscription rights to become publicly traded once the exercise price has been established and the rights offering to expire forty trading days following the completion of the spin-off. The spin-off and rights offering are intended to be tax-free to stockholders of Liberty Media and the completion of the spin-off and commencement of the rights offering will be subject to various conditions, including the receipt of an opinion of tax counsel. Subject to the satisfaction of these conditions, the completion of the spin-off and the commencement of the rights offering is expected to occur in the second half of 2014.
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September 30, 2014
06:25 EDTTWCFCC asks media companies for Comcast contract details, WSJ reports
The FCC is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast (CMCSA) ahead of the company's merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the FCC believes the documents contain information that would be relevant in its review. Officials from media companies including CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA;VIAB) met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice concerns about releasing highly confidential materials. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
07:18 EDTTWCStarz may struggle to sell itself, WSJ reports
Starz (STRZA) may struggle to sell itself, according to the Wall Street Journal citing challenges facing standalone media companies. The publication says that the standalone networks -- Starz, AMC Networks (AMCX) and Scripps Networks (SNI) -- "lack the heft" of larger peers in negotiations regarding affiliate deals, and look "increasingly vulnerable" now that Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and AT&T (T) are joining forces. Reference Link
September 25, 2014
17:50 EDTTWCCompanies receive U.S. information requests on Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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05:22 EDTCHTRFord exceeds UAW job commitment, announces Charter Communications order
Ford (F) has fulfilled its commitment to the UAW to create 12,000 U.S. hourly jobs by 2015, announcing 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the all-new Ford Transit is built. Ford has already met its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 as part of the 2011 UAW contract talks; total new job creation to date exceeds 14,000. Kansas City Assembly Plant adds 1,200 jobs to support growing demand for the all-new Ford Transit family of commercial vehicles; jobs are in addition to the 2,800 jobs added in 2012 and 2013. Transit posted its third consecutive month of U.S. sales growth in August, with nearly 1,100 sold; Transit recently posted its first large fleet order with Charter Communications (CHTR). The company ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans to be used by its technicians across 29 states.
September 24, 2014
12:14 EDTTWCNetflix responds to Comcast's extortion claims, Variety reports
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09:17 EDTTWCComcast accuses TWC deal opponents of extortion, Re/code reports
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