Cable Cowboy Ropes Deal

| About: Charter Communications, (CHTR)

Summary

Charter wrapping up Time Warner Cable.

Office Depot decision in next two weeks.

L'Air Liquide progressing on Airgas deal.

Welcome to the King of Cable issue of M&A Daily

Time Warner Cable

Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) management is happy with the conditional DOJ approval of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal. They expect final approval from the FCC and the California PUC. The $3.24 net arbitrage spread offers a 10% IRR if the deal closes midyear. For background on the deal, please check out:

Time Warner is up over 50% since the position was first disclosed.

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What is the best way to get exposure to cable consolidation? Earlier this year, I argued in StW that,

If I am correct that the CHTR-TWC deal will close this year, then TWC is a reasonable bargain. On a risk-adjusted basis, LBRDA is an even better one.

Sifting the World members can access the latest update on LBRDA here.

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If you are interested in learning more about John Malone, whose brains and money are behind the deal, then I highly recommend Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business.

According to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN),

John Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age by some and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealed as a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. For more than twenty-five years, Malone has dominated the cable television industry, shaping the world of entertainment and communications, first with his cable company TCI and later with Liberty Media (NASDAQ:LMCA) . Written with Malone's unprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings this controversial capitalist and businessman to life.

Cable Cowboy is at once a penetrating portrait of Malone's complex persona, and a captivating history of the cable TV industry. Told in a lively style with exclusive details, the book shows how an unassuming copper strand started as a backwoods antenna service and became the digital nervous system of the U.S., an evolution that gave U.S. consumers the fastest route to the Internet. Cable Cowboy reveals the forces that propelled this pioneer to such great heights, and captures the immovable conviction and quicksilver mind that have defined John Malone throughout his career.

Office Depot

Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) management expects the US federal district court Judge Sullivan to make a decision regarding acquisition by Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) by May 10. The net arbitrage spread is $3.35.

Columbia Pipeline

The Columbia Pipeline (NYSE:CPGX) integration team has begun planning for TransCanada (NYSE:TRP). They are using June 30 as the expected closing date.

Progressive Waste

The definitive proxy was filed for the Waste Connections (NYSE:WCN) acquisition of Progressive Waste (BIN). Both companies' shareholders vote on May 26. The $0.14 net arbitrage spread offers a 5% IRR if the deal closes by June.

Airgas

L'Air Liquide (OTCPK:AIQUY) management has been in useful discussions with the FTC regarding the antitrust issues related to their acquisition of Airgas (ARG). Expected divestitures amount to $200-$300 million. The $1.55 net spread offers a 6% IRR if the deal closes midyear.

Astoria

Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF) and New York Community (NYSE:NYCB) will hold shareholder meetings for their merger today.

Alere

Alere (NYSE:ALR) received a default notice from creditors following the delay in filing of its 2015 10-K. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

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Disclosure: I am/we are long TWC, LBRDA, ODP, ALR.

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