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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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December 17, 2014
11:09 EDTCMCSAFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
08:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable, Boingo Wireless launch Passpoint roaming access
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December 16, 2014
08:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online live stream of NBC, WSJ reports
Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is launching a live stream of its broadcast network online today and plans for it to be available on mobile platforms early next year, but NBC does not plan to sell a separate online version without requiring a pay-TV subscription, unlike peers CBS (CBS) and Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:46 EDTCMCSAComcast to allow Roku users to stream premium channels, Re/code says
Comcast reached a deal with set-top box company Roku that should allow its users to stream HBO and Showtime by authenticating subscriptions to their respective apps, reports Re/code.Reference Link
December 15, 2014
08:34 EDTCMCSK, CMCSANexstar announces long-term affiliation agreement with NBC Television Network
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTCMCSKNasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 11, 2014
06:24 EDTCMCSADISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTCMCSADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:11 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKDiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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06:48 EDTCMCSAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast, USA Network trialing 'Playing House' on-demand , WSJ reports
Comcast (CMCSA) is planning to make new episodes of the sitcom "Playing House" available first on its on-demand service and air them on the USA Network the following week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
14:36 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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07:23 EDTTWCUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 3, 2014
11:19 EDTTWC, CMCSAOpponents of Comcast-TWC deal form coalition, Re/code reports
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10:50 EDTTWC, CMCSAFCC restarts clock on Time Warner Cable/Comcast and AT&T/DirecTV deals
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