Cogent Communications Group, Inc.NASDAQ
Cogent Communications Screens Poorly But Value Is There
Alpha Gen Capital
Alpha Gen Capital
Mon, Nov. 28, 10:18 AM
- Communications Group, Inc. ("Cogent"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI) offers an additional $125M aggregate principal amount of its 5.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 and
- The Notes will be sold only to qualified institutional buyers in an unregistered offering pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act").
- Cogent Communications' guarantee will be unsecured and it will not be subject to the covenants under the indenture governing the Notes.
- The company intends to use the proceeds from the offering to pay a $56.6M cash dividend to Cogent Communications and for general corporate purposes, and/or to repurchase Cogent Communications' common stock or to pay additional dividends to Cogent Communications' stockholders.
- Press Release
Fri, Nov. 18, 8:46 AM
Wed, Nov. 9, 11:34 AM
- While Time Warner is trading lower as investors digest a slimmer chance of a buyout by AT&T under a Trump administration, Sprint (NYSE:S) -- a company long thought to again become a merger prospect after a change in the White House -- is up 12.5% and hitting two-year highs today.
- Its oft-discussed merger matchup partner, T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is up 3.8%.
- Meanwhile, changes are likely coming to the FCC, Wells Fargo argues: It will at least be more conservative, if not working under new leadership soon; expecting Chairman Tom Wheeler to stay a full term is "no longer realistic."
- "If the rhetoric of those surrounding Trump’s campaign rings true, we can expect a Republican FCC to make a big push to roll back some of the regulations put in place under President Obama such as the Title II/Net Neutrality rules," writes analyst Jennifer Fritzsche. "There may also be a push to roll back some or all of what the FCC just did on privacy."
- "It’s unclear whether Chairman Wheeler will be able to act on the open items related to Business Data Services or set top box reform before he departs and if he does not, some suggest a Republican FCC will reverse course on these two items. There is also a big question on how a Trump FCC will view transactions including the recently announced T/TWX merger and the LVLT/CTL transaction."
- LVLT +0.4%; CTL +0.5%. TWX -1%. Names tied to net neutrality: T, VZ, CMCSA, CHTR, OTCPK:ATCEY, CTL, FTR, CCOI, DISH.
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Fri, Oct. 28, 1:40 PM
- CenturyLink (CTL -1.4%) is giving back some of yesterday's merger-chatter gains, but Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT) is adding on, up another 3.9% today.
- Level 3 jumped 10.6% yesterday, and CenturyLink rose 10%, on a report that the two were in advanced talks to merge.
- Level 3's at $53.90 today (after closing at $46.92 on Wednesday), and it's looking for at least $60/share in a buyout and $65 "could be reasonable," says Raymond James, which cut CenturyLink to Market Perform from Outperform -- thinking that stock could trade sideways for the months it could take to close such a deal.
- UBS sees the deal cresting $1B in synergies, given the companies' overlapping infrastructure. Analyst Batya Levi is assuming an all-stock deal at 9-11 times EBITDA and has CenturyLink at a Buy with a $36 price target (implying 18% upside).
- Oppenheimer's Timothy Horan, meanwhile, sees more of a 50/50 cash/stock split at a $60 valuation for LVLT. He's got CTL at Market Perform but boosts LVLT to Outperform at that $60 target.
- Among peers (and other potential targets) today: CCOI -1.2%, INXN +2%, GTT flat, ZAYO +1.9%, AKAM +0.9%, FTR -2.4%.
Thu, Oct. 27, 2:02 PM
- The FCC split on party lines again today in adopting tough new privacy regulations on broadband Internet providers, rules that require an opt-in before sharing most customer data.
- That could present a problem growing advertising for big providers including Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ).
- The vote passed 3-2 with strong dissents from the panel's two Republican commissioners. More public information (names, addresses) will be treated leniently, but providers will need to ask permission before sharing more sensitive data (like phone-tracked location, or sites visited and apps used).
- The new rules, while scaled back, have drawn heavy criticism from cable/telecom and advertising sectors, with companies that fret that the move will restructure the Internet's free-content approach.
- Other players: OTCPK:ATCEY, FTR, CTL, WIN, S, TMUS, CCOI
Thu, Aug. 11, 8:12 PM
- A new report is giving ammunition to "cord-haver" investors in an increasing high-profile TV industry debate.
- SNL Kagan sees a moderation in the cord-cutting trend, noting the "rate of decline stayed about constant versus the past couple of quarters."
- Meanwhile, at least some key companies are responding to the change: Even as pay TV bundle customers decline, they can see big new residential revenues from upticks in broadband Internet subscriptions.
- The firm forecasts broadband subscriptions will swell by more than 8M over 10 years, hitting 71M (ending up at 1.6 times the video sub numbers). Meanwhile, basic video subscriptions are expected to drop by annual compounded growth rate of 1.5% (to 45.4M by 2026), slower than last year's expected 1.7% decline, SNL Kagan says.
- It expects residential revenues to rise from $108.38B this year to $117.7B in 2016, and contributions from commercial services to push industry revenue from $130.57B today to $140.99B in 2026.
- On the other hand, Jan Dawson at Jackdaw Research warns that more people are cord-cutting than you think, pointing to six straight quarters of Y/Y declines in pay TV subs.
- "I’ve lost track of how many headlines I’ve seen over the last couple of years which posit that cord-cutting is somehow slowing down off the back of a small number of providers’ quarterly results," Dawson says, mainly due to observers focusing on quarterly net adds rather than annual changes, and looking at too small a sample size.
- Cable players have done well lately, but at the expense of telcos -- and even in cable, it's an example of the rich getting richer, with smaller players suffering. And Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) is seeing worsening results despite its creation of streaming service Sling TV.
- Cord/no-cord players: CMCSA, CHTR, OTCPK:ATCEY, T, VZ, DISH, FTR, CTL, NFLX, DIS, FOX, FOXA, TWX, CNSL, AMZN, WIN, CCOI
Wed, Aug. 10, 2:35 PM
- In another victory for broadband Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of two states seeking to set limits on municipal broadband networks.
- The FCC had sought to pre-empt state laws that put onerous restrictions on cities' rights to build and expand their own high-speed networks -- which can reduce demand from private-sector Internet service providers.
- The appeals court said the FCC couldn't block Tennessee and North Carolina from restricting cities that were seeking to expand their muni networks.
- Updated 2:45 p.m.: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement: "The efforts of communities wanting better broadband should not be thwarted by the political power of those who, by protecting their monopoly, have failed to deliver acceptable service at an acceptable price. The FCC’s mandate is to make sure that Americans have access to the best possible broadband."
- U.S. ISPs/carriers: VZ, T, CMCSA, OTCPK:ATCEY, S, TMUS, WIN, CTL, FTR, CHTR, CCOI
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Fri, Jul. 29, 10:27 AM
- After losing a decision from a three-judge panel in June, challengers of the FCC's Open Internet order (led by trade group USTelecom) are requesting the full Court of Appeals for D.C. to reverse course and consider striking down the order.
- USTelecom, joined by CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), is objecting to the net neutrality orders that would regulate Internet providers as common carriers under Title II. It's requested an en banc review of the legal challenges at that court.
- Those two are joined in the challenges by wireless group CTIA as well as cable association NCTA.
- Legal challenges to the rules mounted last year starting the day after the FCC voted on the matter.
- Related tickers: T, VZ, TMUS, S, CMCSA, CHTR, OTCPK:ATCEY, CTL, FTR, CCOI, DISH
Thu, May 5, 7:41 AM
- Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI) declares $0.37/share quarterly dividend, 2.8% increase from prior dividend of $0.36.
- Forward yield 3.8%
- Payable June 7; for shareholders of record May 20; ex-div May 18.
Thu, May 5, 7:09 AM
- Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI): Q1 EPS of $0.08 beats by $0.01.
- Revenue of $108.29M (+11.4% Y/Y) beats by $0.26M.
Wed, May 4, 5:30 PM
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