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April 9, 2014
10:14 EDTNXST, SBGI, GTNLocal TV station owners climb following Wells Fargo upgrades
Share of several companies that own local TV stations are climbing after Wells Fargo upgraded a number of names in the sector in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with FCC representatives, Wells Fargo, which had previously been concerned that the agency could torpedo sharing deals, now does not expect the agency to veto sharing deals among TV station owners. Sharing deals refer to the sharing of facilities, employees, ad sales, and programming costs by multiple stations. The FCC's Media Bureau had expressed concern that such deals could prevent station owners from having sufficient incentive to operate stations effectively, trade publication Multichannel News reported last month. Wells had also been concerned that the FCC would look to cancel deals involving the buying and selling of TV stations. However, the firm is no longer worried about this issue following its FCC meetings. Additionally, Wells believes that the shares of TV broadcasters it covers are undervalued. The firm upgraded Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI), Gray Television (GTN), and Nexstar (NXST) to Outperform from Market Perform. Wells increased its price target ranges on Sinclair to $32-$34 from $25-$27, on Gray Television to $13-$15 from $10-$12, and on Nexstar to $50-$52 from $36-$40. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Nexstar surged 7.8% to $40.24, Gray Television jumped 14% to $11.30, and Sinclair rose 5.4% to $28.85.
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April 23, 2015
09:29 EDTGTNGray Television to acquire WAGM-TV for $10.25M
Gray Television announced that it has reached an agreement with NEPSK to acquire WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine, for $10.25M in cash. WAGM-TV's two digital channels are affiliated with the CBS Network and the FOX Network. The transaction purchase price represents a multiple of less than six times a blended average of 2014-2015 anticipated pro forma broadcast cash flow of the station including expected synergies. As such, Gray's acquisition of WAGM-TV will be immediately free cash flow accretive to Gray. Gray expects to finance the transaction with cash on hand. The transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory and other approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

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