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February 13, 2014
06:32 EDTCMCSA, TWC, 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 1, 2015
08:40 EDTCMCSABofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast attractive during market uncertainty, say Brean Capital
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June 30, 2015
07:15 EDTCMCSAExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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June 29, 2015
14:11 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal ending relationship with Donald Trump, LA Times reports
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTTWCOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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June 25, 2015
19:58 EDTTWCCharter will not block, throttle net traffic
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12:52 EDTTWCCharter to 'go further' than net neutrality rules in TWC merger, Variety reports
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June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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13:58 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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08:25 EDTCMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCMCSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
10:00 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:39 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank
June 22, 2015
15:04 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAT-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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