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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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April 17, 2015
14:09 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable options active on report says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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14:06 EDTTWC, CMCSADOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcast’s (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
14:00 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable drops 5.5% after Bloomberg says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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13:57 EDTTWC, CMCSADOJ close to recommending suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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06:17 EDTCMCSAVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
18:36 EDTCMCSA, TWCNetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
10:36 EDTTWCBofA/Merrill U.S. credit analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:47 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $84 from $70 at BofA/Merrill
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April 14, 2015
05:51 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal teams with Germany, France broadcasters to create shows, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
08:56 EDTCMCSA, TWCCPUC Commissioner asking for Comcast deal to be rejected, CT Financial News says
California Public Utilities Commissioner Mike Florio filed an alternate proposed decision on the planned merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) that, in effect, asks the other four commissioners to reject a preliminary approval of the merger issued by a CPUC administrative law that included 25 conditions that Comcast must agree to in order to secure the pact, said CT Financial News. Reference Link
07:22 EDTCMCSA, TWCWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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April 12, 2015
15:58 EDTCMCSAComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
April 9, 2015
07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast risks overblown, shares offer attractive upside, says Jefferies
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April 7, 2015
14:41 EDTCMCSASTX Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in partnership
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09:03 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKEA, Illumination Entertainment, Universal Partnerships announce collaboration
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08:07 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast expands fiber network throughout Denver metro area
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April 6, 2015
14:04 EDTCMCSAIMAX says Universal's Furious 7 grosses $20.8M in IMAX theatres
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10:01 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast Business to expand Ethernet in East Bay with $2M fiber extension
Comcast Business announced an expansion of its multi-gigabit Ethernet service to three business parks in the Northern California towns of Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont. The high-speed fiber-based network build outs together total close to $2M in investment by Comcast in the East Bay, making available reliable Internet speeds to the more than 1,500 businesses in the community by offering reliable Internet speeds up to 20 times faster than traditional 1.5 Mbps DSL or T-1 service.
April 5, 2015
18:34 EDTCMCSAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads at weekend box office with $143.6M
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