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NewsChannel 9 Owners Buy Six More TV Stations
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI), the owner of WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9, announced Thursday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of six television stations owned and/or operated by Newport Television for $412.5 million.
The six stations are located in five markets and reach 3.0% of the U.S. TV households. The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and antitrust clearance. The Company anticipates the closing and funding of the acquisition to occur no earlier than December 2012, subject to closing conditions. Upon closing, the Company expects to finance the $412.5 million purchase price, less a $41.25million deposit, through cash on hand along with a bank loan and/or by accessing the capital markets.
“In the past year, we have announced the acquisition of 23 television stations, representing the addition of almost $1 billion in assets,” commented David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. “The Newport stations acquisition is consistent with our focus of adding “big four” affiliates in mid-sized markets and strengthening our in-market positions. Assuming our ability to create synergistic opportunities and given current market conditions, we believe the stations will be free cash flow accretive and add approximately $55.0 to $60.0 million of pro forma TV operating cash flow, on average, for 2012/2013. We are excited to add the stations to our portfolio and look forward to welcoming the Newport employees to the Sinclair family.”
The stations to be acquired are:
-- WKRC (CBS 12) Cincinnati, Ohio (DMA 35)
-- WOAI (NBC 48) San Antonio, Texas (DMA 36)
-- WHP (CBS 21) Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York, Pennsylvania (DMA 41)
-- WPMI (NBC 15) and WJTC (IND 45) Mobile, Alabama/Pensacola, Florida (DMA 60)
-- KSAS (FOX 26) Wichita/Hutchinson, Kansas (DMA 67)
Sinclair will also acquire Newport’s rights under the local marketing agreements with WLYH (CW 23) in Harrisburg, PA and KMTW (MNT 35) in Wichita, KS, as well as options to acquire the license assets.
The Company has also entered into agreements with Deerfield Media, Inc. to sell Deerfield the license assets of one of Sinclair’s stations in San Antonio (KMYS CW), and Sinclair’s station in Cincinnati (WSTR MY), subject to FOX Television Stations purchase option with respect to WSTR which expires March 31, 2013, and to assign Deerfield the right to buy the license assets of WPMI and WJTC in the Mobile/Pensacola market, after which the Company will provide sales and other non-programming services to each of these four stations pursuant to shared services and joint sales agreements.
Newport also broadcasts several secondary channels, including CW and MNT, among others, which will also be acquired as part of this transaction.
Separately, the Company announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Bay Television, Inc. (Bay TV), which owns WTTA-TV (MNT) in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida market, for $40 million.
Bay TV is owned primarily by our controlling shareholders. Since 1998, Sinclair has operated WTTA pursuant to a local marketing agreement, which will be terminated upon closing. As this transaction is between entities under common control, a fairness opinion was obtained by Sinclair’s Board of Directors. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to approval of the FCC.
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The Conference Board's confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. The July reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.
It was the third straight increase in the index. Economists said that strong job growth has helped boost consumers' assessment of current conditions and also improved their outlook on jobs and the economy.
Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says that the improvements in consumers' confidence and expectations about the future indicate that the recent strengthening in overall economic growth should continue in the second half of the year.
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The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013.
Yearly price gains slowed in 18 of the 20 cities. They accelerated in Charlotte, N.C., and were flat in Tampa, Fla.
Existing home sales have picked up, rising to an eight-month high in June. But they are still 2.3 percent below last year's level. And an index of signed contracts dipped in June, suggesting sales will cool.
Home sales have been restrained by weak wage gains and tight credit, particularly for first time buyers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pfizer's second-quarter earnings plunged 79 percent from last year, when the world's second-largest drugmaker booked a business spinoff gain of more than $10 billion. The latest results still edged analyst expectations.
Pfizer says it earned $2.91 billion in the quarter. That compares with earnings of $14.1 billion last year.
Revenue slipped 2 percent to $12.77 billion, while analysts forecast $12.47 billion, on average.
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UNDATED (AP) -- A big one-time gain and a tax benefit have helped drugmaker Merck more than double its second-quarter profit, raise the lower end of its profit forecast and easily top analysts' expectations.
The maker of popular Type 2 diabetes pill Januvia and cholesterol medicines Vytorin and Zetia says net income increased to $2 billion from $906 million in the same quarter a year earlier.
The world's fourth-biggest drugmaker reports revenue of $10.93 billion, down 1 percent from $11.01 billion a year ago.
Sales of Merck's prescription drugs totaled $9.09 billion, down 2 percent as cheaper generic competition cut into sales of some older medicines and sales of its hepatitis C drugs was hurt by new brand-name competition.
ATLANTA (AP) -- UPS is lowering its outlook for the year as it announces plans to spend more on technology and other enhancements to improve service during peak season.
UPS says it will spend $175 million on upgrades that include expanded operations on the day after Thanksgiving and sped-up deployment of software designed to help drivers find the quickest route to a destination.
During last year's holiday season, a big increase in online shopping and a crush of last-minute orders by shoppers who jumped on offers of free shipping caught UPS by surprise. The company was forced to hire extra workers to handle the rush, but some gifts still arrived late.
As a result of the boost to spending, UPS has lowered its full-year outlook for adjusted earnings to $4.90 to $5 a share. It previously expected to earn around $5.05 a share.
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The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model years. It's an expansion of an earlier recall of the Forenza and Reno.
All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea. Suzuki says in documents filed today with government safety regulators that a transistor in the modules can overheat in the instrument panel. That could melt the module, which could cause a fire. Suzuki says there were no fires reported in Verona models.
Dealers will replace the modules for free. Owners will be notified later.
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Microsoft has not responded to a request for comment.
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co. included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates and helping retailers inflate prices, with repayments take from soldiers' paychecks.
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The states involved are Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont.
Authorities say military personnel will keep financed merchandise like computers and gaming systems with debt forgiven, including $2.2 million for more than 550 New York residents.
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