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TPG Splashes $2.25B on RCN & Grande

Private equity firm TPG has agreed to acquire RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications Networks from ABRY Partners in two separate deals valued at $1.6 billion and $650 million respectively. and plans to combine the operations to create a top ten US cable operator once the deal is completed early next year.

Combined, RCN Corp. and Grande Communications operate in a number of key markets, including Austin; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; San Antonio; and Washington, DC, as well as parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Under the ownership of ABRY Partners, RCN and Grande have been managed by Patriot Media, which will continue to run the operators in a new partnership with TPG.

"On behalf of our 2,000 plus team members, we are very eager and excited about partnering with a premier investor such as TPG to take the two companies to new levels of customer satisfaction and performance," said Patriot Media CEO Jim Holanda in a prepared statement.

The deal is the latest in a series of M&A deals that are changing the US cable services landscape. (See Meet the New Charter, Coming Soon: The New Cable Trinity and Altice Clears Hurdle in Cablevision Buy, Wins FCC Approval.)

ABRY acquired RCN in 2010 and Grande in 2009. (See RCN Goes Private and RCN Going Private Via $1.2B Sale.)

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Duh! 8/16/2016 | 3:27:40 PM
Re: And then....?? At some point, these deals will become impossible to get through the FCC and DOJ.  As it stands, cable industry market concentration (Herfendahl-Hirschman Index) is already higher than DoJ guidelines.

Did you notice that Google Capital is also involved in the deal?
[email protected] 8/15/2016 | 1:49:16 PM
And then....?? So what happens next in the US cable consolidation game? Will the M&A action go ona nd on until tere are just 4 or 5 MSOs in total?
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