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February 13, 2014
06:32 EDTTWC, CMCSA, 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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August 22, 2014
05:58 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 20, 2014
06:13 EDTTWCNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
08:05 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable price target raised to $173 from $148 at UBS
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August 17, 2014
20:16 EDTCMCSA, TWCFCC must decide on TWC arrangement as it reviews Comcast deal, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
07:38 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast met with FCC this week to argue for deal, NY Post says
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August 14, 2014
17:08 EDTCMCSA, TWCSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
14:13 EDTCMCSKOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:07 EDTCMCSAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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August 13, 2014
11:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable adds NBCUniversal portfolio to TV Everywhere
Time Warner Cable announced the addition of NBCUniversal’s portfolio of broadcast and cable networks to its TV Everywhere offering across multiple platforms and devices. Time Warner Cable and Bright House subscribers will have authenticated access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel, as well as local NBC and Telemundo owned broadcast stations.
August 12, 2014
10:38 EDTCMCSAAxial collects $11M from backers, Fortune says
Private company financing online platform Axial has collected nearly $11M in Series B funding from backers such as Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital and Comcast Ventures, according to Fortune, citing comments from Axial CEO Peter Lehrman. Comcast Ventures was the primary backer. Reference Link

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