Under the terms of the definitive agreement announced on September 12, 2003, Nexstar paid total consideration of approximately $230 million through a combination of cash, shares of its common stock and the assumption or refinancing of Quorum's debt, net of expected proceeds from the sale of WTVW. Nexstar financed the transaction with certain proceeds from the Company's initial public offering of stock completed on November 24, 2003, the private placement of $125.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes by Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., additional borrowings under the Company's amended senior credit facility and cash on hand.
"The Quorum acquisition brings us a highly complimentary portfolio of stations in terms of geographic reach, market size and a focus on operating multiple stations in a market," remarked Perry A. Sook, President and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting. "Of the nine new markets that we will enter, five will offer the revenue opportunities and cost saving benefits of a duopoly market."
"We believe this purchase validates our disciplined acquisition strategy and emphasis on opportunities that can offer our shareholders a significant return on investment," continued Mr. Sook. "We expect the acquisition to be accretive to our financial results, and we have already begun harvesting substantial cost savings at these stations since assuming day-to-day operating responsibilities for them last fall."
Nexstar also reconfirmed its expectation that the previously announced transactions to sell WTVW in Evansville, Indiana for $43.0 million and acquire KPOM and KFAA in Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas are both expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2004.
About Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 42 television stations in 26 markets in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and New York. Nexstar's television station group includes affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and UPN, and reaches approximately 7% of all U.S. television households.
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