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April 9, 2014
10:14 EDTNXST, GTN, SBGILocal 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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October 23, 2014
07:11 EDTNXSTNexstar to acquire assets of KASW-TV for $68M from Meredith, SagamoreHill
Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NXST) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of KASW-TV, the CW affiliate serving the Phoenix, AZ market for $68M plus working capital from Meredith Corporation (MDP) and SagamoreHill of Phoenix, LLC. The proposed acquisition is expected to be accretive to Nexstarís operating results immediately upon closing and inclusive of all other previously announced transactions, will expand the Companyís coverage to 57 markets in 22 states, reaching approximately 19.7 million television households. Nexstar intends to finance the station acquisition through borrowings under its senior credit facilities. The transaction is subject to FCC approval and other customary approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. In the first twelve months following the closing of the transaction, KASW-TV is expected to generate approximately $14M in adjusted broadcast cash flow and is expected to provide free cash flow accretion in the first year of ownership of approximately 30c per share.
October 10, 2014
09:32 EDTNXSTNexstar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
08:48 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast has positive catalysts, fears overdone, says RBC Capital
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