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February 13, 2014
06:32 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CMCSKTime Warner Cable to merge with Comcast in $45.2B deal
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced that their Boards of Directors have approved a definitive agreement for Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast. The agreement is a friendly, stock-for-stock transaction in which Comcast will acquire 100% of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares outstanding for shares of CMCSA amounting to approximately $45.2B in equity value. Each Time Warner Cable share will be exchanged for 2.875 shares of CMCSA, equal to Time Warner Cable shareholders owning approximately 23% of Comcast’s common stock, with a value to Time Warner Cable shareholders of approximately $158.82 per share based on the last closing price of Comcast shares. The transaction will generate approximately $1.5B in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcast’s free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength. The merger will also be tax free to Time Warner Cable shareholders. The new cable company, which will be led by President and CEO Neil Smit, will generate multiple pro-consumer and pro-competitive benefits, including an accelerated deployment of existing and new innovative products and services for millions of customers. “The combination of Time Warner Cable and Comcast creates an exciting opportunity for our company, for our customers, and for our shareholders,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Corporation. “In addition to creating a world-class company, this is a compelling financial and strategic transaction for our shareholders. Also, it is our intention to expand our buyback program by an additional $10 billion at the close of the transaction. We believe there are meaningful operational efficiencies and the adjusted purchase multiple is approximately 6.7x Operating Cash Flow. This transaction will be accretive and will yield many synergies and benefits in the years ahead. Rob Marcus and his team have created a pure-play cable company that, combined with Comcast, has the foundation for future growth. We are looking forward to working with his team as we bring our companies together to deliver the most innovative products and services and a superior customer experience within the highly competitive and dynamic marketplace in which we operate.” Through the merger, Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable’s approximately 11 million managed subscribers. In order to reduce competitive concerns, Comcast is prepared to divest systems serving approximately 3 million managed subscribers. As such, Comcast will, through the acquisition and management of Time Warner Cable systems, net approximately 8 million managed subscribers in this transaction. This will bring Comcast’s managed subscriber total to approximately 30 million. Following the transaction, Comcast’s share of managed subscribers will remain below 30 percent of the total number of MVPD subscribers in the U.S. and will be essentially equivalent to Comcast Cable’s subscriber share after its completion of both the 2002 AT&T Broadband transaction and the 2006 Adelphia transaction. The companies said the merger agreement between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is subject to shareholder approval at both companies and regulatory review and other customary conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2014.
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July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:24 EDTCMCSA, TWCTime Warner Cable upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
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07:28 EDTCMCSAJohansson led 'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' at weekend box office, WSJ reports
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07:21 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
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July 25, 2014
19:13 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable seeking faster HBO growth with web-based plan, Bloomberg says
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July 22, 2014
14:06 EDTCMCSAComcast poised for further gains, Barron's reports
Comcast should continue to post gains as it currently trades for just 16.7 times forward earnings while its earnings per share are forecast to grow 18.2% this year and 12% in 2015, Barron's reports. Reference Link
09:09 EDTCMCSAComcast says does not need to 'bulk up' in content
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09:01 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast says FCC started 180 day review clock for merger as of July 10
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08:56 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast results reinforce positive view, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the Q2 operating results from Comcast (CMCSA) reinforced their positive view of the shares. Brean also believe the acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will create far greater synergies than what has been discussed publicly and keeps a Buy rating with a $65 price target on Comcast.
08:26 EDTCMCSAComcast still sees FY14 Cable CapEx rising to about 14% of Cable revenue
Comcast continues to expect 2014 Cable capital expenditures to increase to about 14% of Cable revenue and for 2014 NBCUniversal capital expenditures to be relatively stable.
08:25 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 cable programming expense up 6.7%
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08:25 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast reports Q2 operating cash flow up 7% to $5.8B
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07:06 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q2 voice customer net adds 137K
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07:04 EDTCMCSAComcast Q2 high-speed internet customers increased 203K
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07:01 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q1 EPS 75c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $16.84B, consensus $16.95B.
July 21, 2014
16:18 EDTCMCSA, TWCNetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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15:30 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTCMCSACable 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
11:04 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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