Yesterday, 8:37 PM
- With attention already starting to shift to regulatory approval, Charter Communications (CHTR +2.5%) CEO Tom Rutledge says his company's $55B acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC +7.3%) will do better with the FCC than Comcast's: Think small.
- "If you look at the ecosystem, who we're playing with in terms of other competitors, they're very large, and we'll still be a relatively small company compared to the large phone companies, compared to Comcast, compared to the wireless companies," he told CNBC.
- Charter's simultaneous deal for Bright House Networks may pump up its own leverage, but it was critical to the TWC bid, says analyst Craig Moffett: Virtually debt-free Bright House and its borrowing capacity likely added as much as $18/share to Charter's $195.71/share offer. Moffett says TWC's handling of Altice's (OTC:ATCEY) counter-play was masterful.
- About that debt: TWC bondholders are still nervous about the combined load (While the firm's 30-year bonds rose 11.7% today, they're still down about 16% from last month). Moody's is likely to push TWC into junk rating territory as debt-to-EBITDA rises from TWC's 2.97 to about 4.79 for the combination. But again, Bright House's addition and "conservative voice on the board" may be mitigating the effects.
- And MoneyBeat's deal tally: Aside from big winner TWC, winners include Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), (eventually) rewarded for backing Charter, and UBS, working as sole adviser to Bright House; Losers include Comcast backer JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), and Deutsche Bank (DB -3.4%) -- a Charter backer back when, but unseen in the new deal.
- Previously: Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable, buy Bright House (May. 26 2015)
Fri, May 15, 2:42 PM
- Any talks between Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) about a merger may be up in the air, but bankers won't be the bottleneck, as they're ready to talk about $25B or even more to make it happen.
- Following previous reports that Charter could go for $25B-$30B in debt, the cableco is talking with the same four bankers that committed $24B to Charter's early-2014 bid: Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS).
- As one banker noted, "it should be quick to move to next steps, as the banks know the company pretty well," and said the package should end up as two-thirds bonds.
- Aside from any regulatory issues, leverage seems to be foremost on the mind of dealmakers (and investors). Liberty Broadband's (NASDAQ:LBRDA) Greg Maffei has gone public with the notion that Liberty could raise capital through rights offerings or tap $700M in cash to help with funding while maintaining its 25% stake in Charter.
- Other banks could join in too, which could make such a deal one of the largest junk bonds ever. Time Warner's on the edge of junk status, rated BBB/Baa2 by S&P and Moody's.
Sun, Mar. 15, 5:47 AM
- In one of the biggest deals in the Asia-Pacific region so far this year, a consortium of KKR (NYSE:KKR), Varde Partners and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) has agreed to buy GE (NYSE:GE) Capital's Australian and New Zealand consumer lending arm for about $A8.2B ($6.26B).
- The move comes after General Electric disposed of its appliances unit, real estate holdings and a stake in NBCUniversal, and shed more of its banking businesses to return to its industrial focus.
- Previously: GE reportedly weighing deeper cuts to banking business (Mar. 11 2015)
Feb. 12, 2014, 4:50 AM
- Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are looking to exit an area of operations that not that many people know they're involved in: trading supplies of raw uranium, which is also known as yellow cake.
- Between them, the companies have built up stockpiles of low-grade uranium larger than those held by Iran.
- However, with scrutiny of banks' physical-commodities trading increasing and uranium demand low following the Fukushima disaster, the firms are looking to sell their uranium trading desks.
- Australian bank Macquarie (MCQEF) is reportedly interested in Goldman's operations, which are called NUFCOR.
Aug. 25, 2013, 2:45 AM
- BATS Global Markets (BATS) is reportedly in advanced negotiations to merge with Direct Edge Holdings in an all-stock deal that would create the second-largest exchange operator in the U.S. in terms of shares traded, putting it behind the NYSE (NYX) but ahead of Nasdaq (NDAQ).
- BATS CEO Joseph Ratterman is expected to become the head of the new firm, while Direct Edge boss William O'Brien would become president. The companies plan to continue operating all four of their U.S. stock-exchange platforms after the merger.
- Both firms are profitable, with BATS earning EBITDA of $101M in 2012.
- Direct Edge's owners include KCG Holdings (KCG), Goldman Sachs (GS), Citadel and the International Securities Exchange. Those of BATS include KCG also, as well as Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), JPMorgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS).
May 30, 2013, 3:06 AMFiat (FIATY.PK) is reportedly in negotiations with major banks to borrow up to $10B that the Italian carmaker would use to acquire the 41.5% of Chrysler it doesn't own and refinance the two companies' debt at lower interest rates. The banks include Bank of America (BAC), Deutsche Bank (DB), Goldman Sachs (GS) (GS) and BNP Paribas (BNOBF.PK). Fiat's purchase of the holding is being held up by a legal dispute over the value of the stake. | 3 Comments
Apr. 8, 2013, 2:51 AMSan Francisco based Union Bank, a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU), has agreed to acquire a portfolio of $3.7B in U.S. real-estate loans from Deutsche Bank (DB) subsidiary PB Capital. The acquisition is part of MUFG's strategy to expand overseas to offset anemic demand in Japan even as European banks sell assets in order to meet tighter capital regulations. (PR) | 1 Comment
Feb. 15, 2013, 7:38 AM"The Goldilocks era of post-crisis M&A has never been an if, but a when," says JPMorgan (JPM) vice-chair James Lee. "CEOs are declaring that day has come." Including the Berkshire buy, $40B in deals were announced yesterday and $140B this month. Transaction volume is up 27% Y/Y vs. an 8% slump for 2012. It should mean sweet profits for the newly lean banks. | 8 Comments
Oct. 24, 2012, 6:00 AMDeutsche Bank (DB) has built up a 5.2% holding in GrainCorp, which is the subject of a $2.8B bid from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Given that Deutsche has been buying shares since June, the likelihood is that the move is for investment purposes rather than on behalf of a rival suitor. Still, observers expect a bidding war for GrainCorp, with Bunge and Cargill named in dispatches. | Comment!
Sep. 25, 2012, 6:03 AMGermany has a particular interest in helping Spain through its crisis, as the exposure of German lenders to the Mediterranean country is $139.9B, of which $45.9B is to banks. German institutions are particularly exposed to covered bonds, which are often backed by the collateral of consumer mortgages, whose values may have been affected by the cratering of the residential market. | 1 Comment
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Jan. 12, 2012, 12:46 PMA Dow Jones source claims Deutsche Bank (DB +2.4%), which launched a "strategic review" of its asset management business in the fall, has "received more than 10 attractive offers" related to the business, with 6 of the bidders offering to acquire it in full. Deutsche is said to be hoping for a sale price of around €2B. Goldman Sachs (GS) has been rumored to be one of the interested parties. | Comment!
Jan. 5, 2012, 2:14 AMSources say Credit Suisse (CS), DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Mizuho Corporate Bank are arranging a $4B loan for Alibaba (ALBIY.PK), and are trying to bring in some Chinese lenders to the group to help underwrite the loan and spread the risk of the facility. Alibaba is considering acquisition options related to Yahoo. | Comment!
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:57 AMDeutsche Bank (DB +8.1%) has begun talks with prospective buyers of its asset-management division, according to Bloomberg. It's added that Deutsche, which put the unit on sale last week, is open to selling the division in pieces, though it would prefer to sell it whole. Analyst Dirk Becker thinks the unit could fetch anywhere between €2B and €4B. | Comment!
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