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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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March 30, 2015
07:36 EDTCMCSA, TWCConcerns over Comcast deal overdone, says Wells Fargo
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March 27, 2015
06:14 EDTTWCAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
08:08 EDTCMCSA, TWCTime Warner Cable standalone value $172 per share, says Wunderlich
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March 25, 2015
15:33 EDTCMCSA, TWCCPUC vote on Comcast deal pushed out to May 7, LA Times reports
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11:44 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKComcast says review of Time Warner Cable merger to conclude by midyear
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10:29 EDTCMCSA, TWCDISH Chairman Ergen says Comcast, TWC merger should be blocked
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09:22 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable disputes report of Dodgers channel writedown, LA Times says
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06:54 EDTCMCSAPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
08:19 EDTCMCSA, CMCSK, TWCTime Warner Cable expected to write down Dodgers deal by up to $1B, NY Post says
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is expected to write down the value of its LA Dodgers distribution rights by up to $1B, reports the New York Post, citing sources. The writedown may be a requirement before any deal with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) can be made, suggested one of the sources. Reference Link
07:52 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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March 20, 2015
12:32 EDTCMCSAMadison Square Garden names Sharon Otterman as Chief Marketing Officer
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09:59 EDTTWC, CMCSACharter may have interest in Cablevision 'at some point,' says Detwiler
Detwiler Fenton believes there is truth to last week's reports of Charter (CHTR) being in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. In addition, the firm says its checks indicate Charter may have interest in buying Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision (CVC) "at some point" as a part of a lager acquisition strategy. Detwiler adds Charter's potential deal strategy assumes Comcast's (CMCSA) bid for Time Warner (TWC) wins regulatory approval. Should the deal not get approved, Detwiler believes Charter will turn its attention back to Time Warner.
08:13 EDTCMCSK, CMCSACanada to 'unbundle' cable TV offerings by December 2016
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06:36 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
12:09 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTCMCSAVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSA, TWCAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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