NEW YORK & SIKESTON, Mo.--()--Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and NewWave Communications today announced a definitive agreement under which Time Warner Cable will acquire cable systems serving approximately 70,000 basic video subscribers, 42,000 HSD subscribers, and 26,000 phone subscribers in Kentucky and western Tennessee for $260 million in cash.
“The NewWave team has done a tremendous job of improving the overall products and service to our customers in Kentucky and Tennessee since acquiring these systems and we thank them for their efforts.”
“This deal is yet another example of our disciplined approach to capital allocation and M&A. Taking into account a full tax step-up and significant operational synergies, the deal enables us to expand our cable footprint at a purchase price that compares favorably with Time Warner Cable’s current trading multiples,” said Rob Marcus, President and COO, Time Warner Cable. “We look forward to serving these customers and bringing to them all the dynamic products and services Time Warner Cable has to offer.”
“NewWave acquired many of these properties as long ago as 2003 and this transaction allows NewWave to realize a return for our investors while allowing our team to concentrate on our ongoing operations in our other service areas. We’re very pleased to work with Time Warner Cable on this transaction and we are sure they will be a great company for our communities and employees,” said Jim Gleason, CEO of NewWave Communications. “The NewWave team has done a tremendous job of improving the overall products and service to our customers in Kentucky and Tennessee since acquiring these systems and we thank them for their efforts.”
This transaction is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of FCC, franchise and antitrust approval. The parties expect closing to occur during the fourth quarter of 2011. Time Warner Cable and NewWave Communications will work together to provide a smooth transition for customers and employees.
RBC Daniels acted as exclusive financial advisor and K&L Gates LLP acted as legal advisor to NewWave on this transaction. Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP served as legal advisor to Time Warner Cable.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video, and phone services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About NewWave Communications
NewWave Communications was founded by its management team and Pamlico Capital in 2003 and provides communications services including high-speed data, cable television and telephone to smaller, non-urban communities in the Midwest. The company, headquartered in Sikeston, Missouri will continue to serve more than 80,000 customers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas after this transaction is closed. Pamlico Capital is a middle-market private equity firm headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and has over $2 billion under management.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological, strategic and/or regulatory factors, and other factors affecting the operations of Time Warner Cable Inc. More detailed information about these factors may be found in filings by Time Warner Cable Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Time Warner Cable is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.