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February 13, 2014
06:32 EDTCMCSK, CMCSA, TWCTime 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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February 24, 2015
08:12 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 Cable Communications revenue $10.66B
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07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased 178,000
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 4.1% to $5.9B. Excluding $99M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in Q4, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.9%. Consolidated Operating Income increased 3.8% to $3.8B. Free Cash Flow increased 18.0% to $1.7B in Q4 compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting improvements in working capital and growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by increased capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items. Customer relationships increased by 178,000 to 27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 47% improvement compared to an increase of 121,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the end of the fourth quarter, our triple product customers increased to 37% of total customer relationships compared to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased in the fourth quarter of 2014.
07:02 EDTCMCSK, CMCSA, TWCComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the company’s common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus 78c
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February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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15:23 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
15:10 EDTCMCSAComcast $CMCSA Feb weekly 58 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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08:33 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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February 19, 2015
07:30 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKNBC 'Nightly News' sees drop in ratings post-Brian Williams, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
07:13 EDTCMCSANational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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06:33 EDTCMCSAJAKKS Pacific signs licensing agreement for Universal Pictures franchise
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTTWCPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:56 EDTCMCSA, TWCDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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07:15 EDTCMCSK, CMCSA'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
February 16, 2015
19:13 EDTCMCSALiberty Global may become takeover target, NY Times says
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February 13, 2015
06:28 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKUniversal may top 2015 ticket sales, NY Times says
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