42 TV stations could be needing a new agency

Steve’s breakdown: That’s only the half of it. When Sinclair Broadcast Group buys Tribune Media, there will probably assists that are going to be sold off and left to fend for themselves. That’s a lot of opportunity. We just have to keep an eye on it and jump when something hits or falls.

HUNT VALLEy, MD & CHICAGO, IL: US broadcaster Sinclair Broadcast Group said on Monday it would buy Tribune Media, one of the largest US television station operators, for about $3.9 billion cash and stock, and assume about $2.7 billion in debt.

The $43.50 per share offer represents a nearly 8 percent premium to Tribune’s Friday close. Shares of Tribune, which operates 42 television stations in 33 markets, rose 5.2 percent to $42.40 in early trading on Monday.

Up to Friday’s close, Tribune shares soared 16.7 percent since Feb. 28, a day before Reuters broke the news that Sinclair had approached Tribune Media to discuss an acquisition.

Tribune stockholders will receive $35 in cash and 0.23 shares of Sinclair Class A common stock for each share of Tribune Class A common stock and Class B common stock they own, the companies said.

Besides Sinclair, Twenty-First Century Fox and Nexstar Media Group had also considered an acquisition of Tribune, Reuters has reported.

The announcement of the deal comes weeks after the US Federal Communications Commission voted to reverse a 2016 decision that limits broadcasters owning stations serving no more than 39 percent of US television households.

A combined Tribune and Sinclair could surpass this cap and face some regulatory challenges which could result in divestitures, analysts said.

JPMorgan is Sinclair’s exclusive financial adviser, while Moelis & Co and Guggenheim Securities is advising Tribune.

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