Altice is Interested in Charter

If a deal goes through, Charter could fetch over $470 a share

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Altice (ATUS), the cable and telecoms group controlled by Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, is lining up a potential $185 billion bid for Charter Communications (CHTR), the second-largest US cable company, according to the FT.com.

The move highlights an expected wave of consolidation in the industry as cable companies enter the wireless business and also look for additional ways to cut costs and grow as more U.S. consumers are cutting their cords.

Altice USA’s initial public offering in June was viewed as a means for Altice to expand into U.S. cable empire by giving the company public stock it can use as currency for new acquisitions.

In May, #Drahi told reporters that he considered cable expansion a priority, followed by mobile and content.

Altice is working with banks to finance the deal through cash and equity, a source said.

Buying another cable company would give Altice USA, currently the fourth-biggest U.S. cable provider, the opportunity to build more scale and cut costs in the United States. Altice completed its $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision last June, after buying Suddenlink for $9.1 billion in 2015.

CHTR last traded at $398.45. ATUS  last traded at $30.95.

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Disney to End Netflix Distribution Agreement

Disney to end Netflix distribution agreement in 2019

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Disney (DIS) said that following its acquisition of an additional 42% stake of BAMTech, it will end its distribution agreement with Netflix (NFLX) for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.

Disney will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.

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“The new service will be accessed through an enhanced version of the current ESPN app. In addition to the multi-sport service, the ESPN app will include the news, highlights, and scores that fans enjoy today. Consumers who are pay TV subscribers will also be able to access the ESPN television networks in the same app on an authenticated basis. For many sports fans, this app will become the premier digital destination for all their sports content,” it explained.

Following the news, both NFLX and DIS are down.

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Discovery to acquire Scripps for $14.6B

Discovery to acquire Scripps for $90 per share in cash and stock deal

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Discovery Communications (DISCA) and Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Discovery to acquire Scripps in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $14.6B, or $90 per share, based on Discovery’s Friday, July 21 closing price.

The purchase price represents a premium of 34% to Scripps’ unaffected share price as of Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

The transaction is expected to close by early 2018.

Combined, Discovery and Scripps will have nearly 20% share of ad-supported pay-TV audiences in the U.S. Additionally, the combined company will be home to five of the top pay-TV networks for women and will account for over 20% share of women watching primetime pay-TV in the U.S.

The combination is expected to create significant cost synergies, estimated at approximately $350M. The deal is expected to be accretive to adjusted EPS and to Free Cash Flow in the first year after close.

Scripps shareholders will receive $90 per share under the terms of the agreement, comprised of $63.00 per share in cash and $27.00 per share in Class C Common shares of Discovery stock, based on Discovery’s Friday, July 21 closing price. The stock portion will be subject to a collar based on the volume weighted average price of Discovery Class C Common Shares over the 15 trading days ending on the third trading day prior to closing.

Scripps shareholders will receive 1.2096 Discovery Class C Common shares if the Average Discovery Price is below $22.32, and 0.9408 Discovery Class C Common shares if the Average Discovery Price is above $28.70. If the Average Discovery Price is greater than or equal to $22.32 but less than or equal to $28.70, Scripps shareholders will receive a number of shares between 1.2096 and 0.9408 equal to $27.00 in value.

If the Average Discovery Price is between $22.32 and $25.51, Discovery has the option to pay additional cash instead of issuing more shares.

Scripps shareholders will have the option to elect to receive their consideration in cash, stock or the mixture described above, subject to pro rata cut backs to the extent cash or stock is oversubscribed. This purchase price implies a total transaction value of $14.6 billion, including the assumption of Scripps’ net debt of approximately $2.7 billion.

Post-closing, Scripps’ shareholders will own approximately 20% of Discovery’s fully diluted common shares and Discovery’s shareholders will own approximately 80%. Kenneth Lowe, Chairman, President & CEO, Scripps Networks is expected to join Discovery’s board following the close of the transaction.

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Scripps, Discovery Deal Questioned by Analysts

Scripps, Discovery deal odds debated as reported talks boost media space

Shares of Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery Communications (DISCA) are on the rise following reports from both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters that the media companies are in talks to merge.

While research firm #Citi sees a deal as likely, Credit Suisse analyst Omar Sheikh believes the Journal’s initial report has “low credibility.”

MERGER TALKS

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal said that Discovery Communications is in discussions to merge with Scripps Networks. A similar report from Reuters added that Viacom (VIAB) also had held talks to buy Scripps.

CREDIT SUISSE QUESTIONS DEAL CHANCES

Commenting on the news, Credit Suisse’s #Sheikh told investors that he believes the Journal’s report “looks vague,” and his initial view is that it has “low credibility.”

Combining the two portfolios of unscripted cable networks has some industrial logic, but previously reported discussions between the companies probably came to nothing because the price and structure of a transaction could not be agreed upon, the analyst contended, adding that he struggles to see what might have changed now. Sheikh reiterated an Underperform rating and a $24 price target on Discovery’s shares.

BULLISH ON DEAL

Citi analyst Jason #Bazinet, on the other hand, told investors that he views the reports as “credible” and finds it likely that Discovery and Scripps Networks reach an agreement. Furthermore, Bazinet argued that the pressures on the traditional cable network ecosystem are acute enough and valuations are low enough that he can see merits to this potential combination. Assuming a 20% premium is offered to Scripps, a deal would likely be about 10% accretive to Discovery, Bazinet noted, citing his M&A math.

Meanwhile, #JPMorgan analyst Alexia #Quadrani said she sees both a strategic and financial rationale for a merger between Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications, pointing out that a combined company would have greater leverage with domestic distributors and advertisers. Discovery could also help Scripps with its international rollout, #Quadrani contended, adding that there is potential for cost and tax synergies.

However, she believes that with no terms mentioned in any of the press reports on the deal talks, it is difficult to evaluate any potential transaction. Further, the analyst noted that the speculation “may end up just being chatter” coming out of last week’s media executive conference in Sun Valley. Nonetheless, Quadrani believes the press reports should have a “very positive influence” on media stocks, which she noted have been out of favor. The analyst expects to see particular outperformance from heavily shorted media names such as AMC Networks (AMCX).

PRICE ACTION

In Wednesday afternoon trading, shares of Scripps Networks have jumped almost 15% to $76.87, while Discovery Communications’ stock has gained 4% to $27.09 and AMC Networks is up 4% to $59.25.

Other media names, including 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Viacom and Disney (DIS), are also higher in afternoon trading.

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Discovery Communications, Scripps in talks to merge, WSJ reports

Discovery Communications (DISCA) is in discussions to merge with Scripps Networks (SNI), the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the situation.

Terms of the negotiations could not be learned, the Journal says.

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, Discovery has a market valuation of roughly $15B, while Scripps is valued at $8.8B, the report says.

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