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Jan. 27, 2014, 5:40 PM
Jan. 26, 2014, 1:39 AM
- Comcast (CMCSA) reportedly prefers joining up up with Charter Communications (CHTR) to bid for Time Warner Cable rather (TWC) than making an offer on its own.
- Comcast thinks TWC's asking price of $160 a share is too high, while the latter isn't interested in selling itself in a piecemeal fashion.
- Charter is willing to let Comcast have TWC's New York-area cable systems in exchange for Comcast backing Charter's bid. The New York network would fit in nicely with Comcast's operations in Connecticut and New Jersey.
Jan. 17, 2014, 10:07 AM
- Comcast (CMCSA -0.4%) will have a lot to say in how consolidation in the cable industry (CHTR, LMCA, CVC) works itself out.
- The company seems to play a role, major or minor, in nearly every permutation of a Time Warner Cable (TWC +0.3%) takeover, note analysts.
- Brean Capital on Comcast's CEO: "Brian Roberts is very much a kingmaker here."
Jan. 9, 2014, 2:30 PM
Jan. 7, 2014, 6:46 PM
- Sirius XM Radio (SIRI +0.8%) has named former DirecTV CEO Eddy Hartenstein, former DaimlerChrysler CEO James Holden, and long-time American Express executive Joan Amble to a 3-person special committee to evaluate Liberty Media's (LMCA +0.4%) $3.68/share bid.
- SIRI shares closed the day at $3.86, a 4.9% premium to Liberty's bid, as investors continue holding bets that the offer will be boosted.
Jan. 7, 2014, 9:01 AM
- European cable giant Altice plans to go public in an $1B IPO on the Amsterdam exchange.
- The company will likely look to reduce its debt load after raising the funds, but could also go on a M&A spree.
- Execs with Altice say they have up to 10 new acquisition targets which means it could bump up against Liberty Global (LMCA) with some of its bidding.
Jan. 7, 2014, 7:53 AM
- Ralph Nader speaks out about Liberty Media's (LMCA) pursuit of Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) which has stirred some debate.
- The legendary consumer advocate isn't concerned about the direction of the companies involved, he just thinks the offer is too low for SIRI shareholders.
- SIRI +0.8% premarket to $3.86 vs. LMCA's bid of $3.68.
Jan. 6, 2014, 11:22 AM
- Liberty Media (LMCA -1.9%) CEO Greg Maffei says he would be surprised if any bidder emerged with an offer as high as $150 per share for Time Warner Cable (TWC +0.1%).
- Analysts are taking the comment somewhat lightly as Liberty is still expected to put together an offer before Charter is able to beat it to the punch. The deal by Liberty to acquire full control of Sirius XM Radio sets it up to scrap together more capital for a TWC bid.
Jan. 6, 2014, 8:39 AM
- Shares of Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) race 7.8% higher to $3.85 in premarket trading following an offer late Friday from Liberty Media (LMCA) to take over the company in a deal which values the company at $3.68 per share.
- In a conference call with analysts, execs said if the deal is completed it would allow Liberty to start buying back shares at an increased pace.
Jan. 3, 2014, 6:24 PM
- After coming off a halt, Sirius XM (SIRI) is trading at $3.75 after hours in the wake of Liberty Media's (LMCA) offer to assume full ownership of the satellite radio owner.
- That represents a 5% gain from Sirius' closing price of $3.57, and is 1.9% above the $3.68/share buyout price implied by Liberty's all-stock offer. Some Sirius shareholders might be betting on a better offer arriving.
- Liberty shares are up 0.5% AH.
Jan. 3, 2014, 4:51 PM
- Liberty Media (LMCA), which already owns a majority stake in Sirius XM (SIRI), is proposing to make Sirius a 100%-owned subsidiary through an all-stock deal. (PR)
- Liberty proposes to have each Sirius converted into a 0.076 new Liberty Series C shares, and then distribute, on a 2:1 basis, Series C shares to all holders of Liberty's Series A and B shares.
- The exchange ratio values Sirius at $3.68/share based on Liberty's Friday close; that's an $0.11, or 3%, premium to Sirius' closing price of $3.57.
- Sirius' public shareholders would own 39% of the new company, which (based on current prices) stands to have a market cap of $27B.
- Sirius shares are halted. CC at 5PM ET.
Dec. 20, 2013, 4:17 AM
- Liberty Media (LMCA) reportedly believes that a merger of Charter Communications (CHTR), in which Liberty owns 27%, and Time Warner Cable (TWC) could generate annual synergies of $700M.
- Time Warner isn't so convinced and pegs the figure at around $500M, while MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett provides an estimate of $450M and Barclays $560M.
- The expected large stock component of any deal would mean that the size of the synergies would play an important part in the attractiveness of the merger to shareholders.
- Charter had been looking to make a bid for Time Warner this week, but is likely to delay any proposal until the New Year.
Dec. 4, 2013, 3:55 PM
- Deutsche Bank weighs in on the chase for Time Warner Cable (TWC -1.4%) that has lit a fuse under the entire sector.
- The investment firm thinks only one bidder will emerge - Charter (CHTR +0.1%) with help from Cox or Comcast (CMCSA +0.2%) - but at a deal price lower than $140 per TWC share.
- Previous comments from Liberty Media (LMCA -1.6%) on a "merger of equals" also limits the premium a Liberty-backed bid would pay, notes Deutsche.
Dec. 3, 2013, 8:55 AM
- Charter Communications (CHTR) CEO Thomas Rutledge says the company doesn't need to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) in order to grow its business.
- During an exchange on CNBC with Liberty Media's (LMCA) Greg Maffei sitting in, Rutledge called the run for TWC a "rather frothy" experience with both Cox Communications and Comcast (CMCSA) in the mix.
- Maffei, for his part, said TWC isn't the only cable player out there that would make an attractive fit for Charter.
Nov. 25, 2013, 1:59 AM
- Comcast (CMCSA) and Charter (CHTR) have reportedly discussed breaking up Time Warner Cable (TWC) in any joint bid for the company in order to overcome antitrust objections to a deal.
- The transaction would resemble Comcast's and Time Warner's acquisition of Adelphia Communications in 2006, when Comcast gained 1.7M customers and Time Warner 3.3M.
- A break-up of Time Warner would also make it easier for Charter to gain financing, given that it's much smaller than Time Warner.
- Meanwhile, the NYT carries a profile of John Malone, whose Liberty Media (LMCA) owns 27% of Charter. The article reports that Time Warner Cable has contacted Comcast about a possible transaction, leading to early talks.
Nov. 22, 2013, 2:46 AM
- Charter Communications (CHTR) is reportedly close to a deal with banks to borrow money to fund a cash and stock offer for Time Warner Cable (TWC).
- Other sources of financing could include sovereign wealth funds and wealthy individuals,
- Charter's largest shareholder, Liberty Media (LMCA), could provide investment in order keep its stake in Charter at or above 25% in the event the latter issued stock to help pay for the purchase. Liberty owns 27% at the moment.
- However, a deal remains a tall order. Time Warner has reacted negatively, while its market cap of $34.45B dwarfs Charter's $13.2B.
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