Byron Allen bids $10 billion for ABC, different Disney networks


His intently held Allen Media LLC already carries plenty of debt, nonetheless. 

As for Nexstar, former President Tom Carter, who’s now an adviser to the CEO and board, instructed buyers at a Financial institution of America Securities convention Wednesday that the corporate is all for buying property from legacy media house owners like Disney that want to restructure. Nexstar might purchase the ABC shops with probably just a few divestitures to remain inside limits on broadcast station possession, he mentioned.

Carter added that there are some issues to a sale. ESPN, Disney’s sports activities community, shares lots of its telecasts with ABC, as an illustration.

Analysts, too, noticed the information of a possible sale of the linear property as not a simple resolution. 

Rosenblatt Securities mentioned a cope with Nexstar could be “nice for the breakup worth argument for Disney’s fairness,” however wouldn’t be with out dangers for Nexstar as a result of it could add “substantial debt at a time of rising considerations for pay TV.”

Evan Younger, an analyst at KeyBanc Securities, mentioned promoting the ABC community might be valued at $4 billion or extra and would possible be accomplished on a extremely dilutive foundation.

What’s extra, “a sale of ABC tells us that Disney’s view on pay-TV is that it’s going to quickly implode, which to us means making use of significant low cost charges to all linear money flows,” Younger wrote in a observe to buyers.

—Bloomberg Information



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