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.
Barnes & Noble (BKS -1.4%) Chairman Leonard Riggio is easily re-elected but doesn't give investors much of an idea on where the company's digital strategy is heading.
Things got a little testy during the open mike Q&A with investors when Leonard Riggio was asked why he didn't buy the company's retail stores. Riggio cut the inquiries short by saying he didn't have to explain his rationale.
"Look, no one is happy with Nook," said Liberty Media's (LMCA) Gregory Maffei. His firm holds 17% of BKS, but his sentiment is probably echoed by a majority of shareholders.
Charter Communications (CHTR) is reportedly working with Goldman Sachs to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a move that's part of an attempt by John Malone, whose Liberty Media (LMCA) owns 27% in Charter, to rebuild his U.S. cable empire. Buying TWC, which rebuffed Malone's maneuvering earlier this year, would be a stretch for Charter, due to its high debt and its market cap of$12.6B vs TWC's $33.14B. Notwithstanding, TWC shares jumped 8% in AH trading.
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI, LMCA) might have less to fear from Pandora and Apple than some make out due to competitive advantages the company has in place. For one, the broad Sirius XM Radio two-month free trial subscription initiated this summer is already very popular with dealers.
Wunderlich thinks Cablevision (CVC +9%) is worth at least $25 per share in a potential acquisition by Liberty Media (LMCA +0.4%) or Time Warner Cable (TWC -1%). The investment firm thinks the large stake held by the Dolan family tip the scales in the favor of Liberty Media if a bidding war breaks out.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has reportedly contacted Cablevision (CVC) and Cox Cable about buying them as TWC looks to grow through acquisitions rather than be bought by John Malone's Liberty Media (LMCA), which owns 27% of Charter Communications (CHTR). While talks with Cox and Cablevision haven't led too far, the latter's founder and Chairman, 86-year Chuck Dolan, could be ready to sell. As for Liberty, TWC believes a tie-up for Charter would add too much debt and it is skeptical about prospective synergies.
More on Liberty Media's hunt for Time Warner Cable: (previous): A bid to purchase the cable operator is being structured by John Malone's company even though Time Warner Cable (TWC +4.2%) hasn't indicated serious interest. Analysts see Time Warner Cable wanting at least a 20% premium before it warms up to the notion. The end game for Liberty Media (LMCA +2.4%) is to increase its scale through horizontal acquisitions which could be achieved bringing Charter Communications and TWC under the same corporate umbrella.
Cable stock frenzy: Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC +7.8%) spike higher off of a Bloomberg headline indicating Liberty Media (LMCA +2.5%) is interesting in making a bid. Cablevision (CVC +7.8%) and Charter Communications (CHTR +5.9%) are also on the move.