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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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April 16, 2014
06:27 EDTCMCSK, CMCSANBCUniversal planning digital video push
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05:54 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Time Warner Cable (TWC) to Outperform on expectations the merger with Comcast (CMCSA) will get approved. Wells raised the low end of its price target range for shares to $140-$160 from $132.50-$160.
April 15, 2014
07:26 EDTCMCSK, TWC, CMCSAReport: Comcast raised advertised basic TV rates 68% over 4 years, NY Post says
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April 14, 2014
13:19 EDTCMCSANetflix's streaming speeds on Comcast jumped, The Verge reports
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April 11, 2014
07:26 EDTTWCTime Warner struggling to force Dodgers network on pay-TV players, LAT say
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April 10, 2014
07:49 EDTCMCSA, TWCLawmakers concerned over Internet share of combined Comcast-TWC, LAT says
During merger review proceedings, legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed particular concern about the 40% nationwide share of the Internet market that would be held by a combined Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) if the two are permitted to merge, reported The Los Angeles Times. Reference Link
07:21 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKHulu's head of original programming development to leave company, AdWeek says
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April 9, 2014
07:31 EDTTWC, CMCSASenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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07:28 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, Time Warner go before lawmakers on merger plan, Reuters says
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07:07 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast sees ample competition to permit deal, lawmakers cautious, WSJ says
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April 8, 2014
14:36 EDTCMCSADirecTV confirms new agreement reached with Weather Channel
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14:22 EDTCMCSAWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
12:55 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, TWC filing reference development of Apple TV box, 9to5Mac says
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12:01 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast says consumers would benefit from acquisition, The Hill says
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10:23 EDTCMCSKHigh option volume stocks: VIAB CMCSK OHRP SA AER
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09:04 EDTCMCSAAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
08:57 EDTCMCSA, TWCSmall rivals to testify in Comcast, Time Warner hearing, Bloomberg says
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07:52 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, Time Warner execs go before critic at hearing, Reuters says
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06:59 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable Internet businesses to be examined, NY Times says
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April 7, 2014
10:50 EDTCMCSKHigh option volume stocks: HST SEAS SXC CMCSK MILL
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