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February 13, 2014
06:32 EDTTWC, CMCSK, CMCSATime 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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November 11, 2014
13:36 EDTCMCSA, TWCTime Warner Cable and Comcast mentioned positively at Evercore ISI
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11:17 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility up after Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated
Comcast November weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, November and December is at 21, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated.
10:50 EDTTWCOptions with increasing implied volatility: GNW TWC
10:20 EDTTWCHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: RLGY TWC LITB SPM ACRX JWN OCR CALL CST ERIC
07:44 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast deal would only be derailed by Title II concessions, says Wells Fargo
After President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated under Title II, Wells Fargo thinks that Comcast (CMCSA) will only walk away from the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal if there are significant Title II concessions specifically attached to the deal. The firm suggests, however, that the deal could be restructured if the companies' stock prices continue to fall in reaction to Obama's statement.
07:06 EDTTWC, CMCSAObama's call for regulation worries investors in Comcast-TWC deal, WSJ says
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06:36 EDTCMCSANBC exec 'very satisfied' with pace of Super Bowl ad sales, NY Times says
NBC, the broadcast home of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, is "very satisfied" with the pace of sales of commercial time during the game, reports the New York Times. Seth Winter, the Executive VP for Sales of NBC Sports and NBCUniversal News Groups at NBCUniversal, said "I'm never 'extremely satisfied' until we're sold out... I'm very satisfied with what we see." Winter added that NBC is approaching 90% of the commercial time in the game's being sold to advertisers. Reference Link
05:51 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTTWC, CMCSAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:09 EDTCMCSA, TWCBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:26 EDTTWC, CMCSACable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:25 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable issues statement on White House Title II announcement
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12:24 EDTCMCSA, TWCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:42 EDTCMCSAComcast falls after Obama urges internet reclassification under Title II
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10:09 EDTTWC, CMCSAOptions with increasing implied volatility: CZR IGT CMCSA TWC
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10:06 EDTTWC, CMCSAVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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10:01 EDTCMCSA, TWCTWC, Charter, Comcast drop after Obama calls for Internet regulation
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09:45 EDTTWC, CMCSAObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTTWC, CMCSAObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:12 EDTCMCSACA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
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