TWC up 5% premarket on news of Charter buyout

|About: Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR)|By:, SA News Editor

Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) is up 5% premarket, to $179.75, following confirmation of Charter Communications' (NASDAQ:CHTR) plan to acquire it for roughly $195.71/share. Charter is up 0.3% early.

The valuation puts TWC's enterprise value at $78.7B and allows for $100 in cash and $95.71 in "New Charter" stock (equal to 0.5409 Charter shares).

As part of the deal, Charter's acquiring Bright House Networks for $10.4B, finishing a deal it was pursuing during Comcast's aborted pursuit of TWC. That deal's for $2B in cash, $2.5B in convertible preferred partnership units and $5.9B in common partnership units.

As speculated, Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDA) is investing $5B and will own 19% of New Charter as well, while Advance/Newhouse (owners of Bright House) will own 13% of New Charter.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: “The FCC reviews every merger on its merits and determines whether it would be in the public interest. In applying the public interest test, an absence of harm is not sufficient. The Commission will look to see how American consumers would benefit if the deal were to be approved.”

Previously: Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable, buy Bright House (May. 26 2015)

Previously: WSJ: FCC's Wheeler reassuring cable execs mergers can happen (May. 21 2015)

Previously: Bankers hustling to fund a Charter-TWC merger (May. 15 2015)

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