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Knology Surges on M&A Speculation

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner
2/29/2012
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Welcome to the cable news roundup, Leap Day edition.

  • Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) shares jumped US$1.66 (10.5 percent) to $17.47 Tuesday amid speculation that the competitive cable overbuilder is on the block and could fetch about $1.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Private equity firms are among those that are sniffing around, the paper said. Knology had a decent 2011, pulling in a profit of $43.1 million, up 115 percent, on revenues of $518.6 million, up 12.7 percent year-on-year. The M&A chatter comes amid continuing consolidation of Tier 2 cable providers, including pending purchases of Insight Communications Co. Inc. by Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), and SureWest Communications (Nasdaq: SURW) by Consolidated Communications Inc. (See Consolidated to Buy SureWest for $340.9M and TW Cable's $3B Insight Buy Gets FCC OK.)

  • Dutch MSO Ziggo B.V. filed for an initial public offering Wednesday, looking to list shares on the Amsterdam exchange and raise more than $1.3 billion, according to Bloomberg. Ziggo's going public amid rumors that Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s has shown interest in the cable operator, which ended 2011 with about 3 million video subscribers.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) CFO and Vice Chairman Michael Angelakis reaffirmed at a Morgan Stanley investor conference Tuesday that the MSO has no plans to deploy a usage-based broadband policy such as the optional one TW Cable has put in place in southern Texas. "We have a very high customer satisfaction rating and we don't really want to rock the boat on that product," he said. Comcast does have an "excessive use" policy for residential broadband that caps monthly consumption at 250GB. (See Usage-Based Broadband Returns to TW Cable and Comcast Draws the Line at 250GB.)

  • The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Verizon Wireless 's proposed deal to purchase Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum from four cable operators for March 21, reports Multichannel News. (See Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling .)

  • Fewer than 1 million Google TV devices are in use, says NewTeeVee, basing that estimate on the current active install base for the TV and Movies app, which comes pre-installed and serves as the Android-based device's core programming guide.

  • thePlatform Inc. , the Comcast-owned media publishing firm, has notched a deal to handle the TV Everywhere management needs of A&E Networks, which runs A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime Networks and The Biography Channel.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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    12/5/2012 | 5:41:05 PM
    re: Knology Surges on M&A Speculation


    Speaking of M&A, TW Cable closed it's purchase of Insight Communications Wed. at high noon. JB

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    12/5/2012 | 5:41:04 PM
    re: Knology Surges on M&A Speculation
    Kit digital was the supposed suitor but theplatform squashed that one right away.
    msilbey
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    12/5/2012 | 5:41:04 PM
    re: Knology Surges on M&A Speculation
    About Comcast selling off thePlatform? Doesn't look like that amounted to much.
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