The US Telecommunication giant announced a deal through which it intends to merge two units, paving the way for one of Hollywood’s biggest studios
AT&T revealed that its content unit – WarnerMedia – will be merged with Discovery, and a studio that can compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney will be created. Under the agreement, AT&T will receive $43 billion in a combination of cash, debt and WarnerMedia’s retention of a particular debt. AT&T shareholders will receive stocks worth 71% of the new company, while Discovery’s will own 29%.
“AT&T shareholders will retain their stake in our leading communications company that comes with an attractive dividend. Plus, they will get a stake in the new company, a global media leader that can build one of the top streaming platforms in the world,” stated John Stankey, AT&T CEO.
According to The Financial Times, the deal is expected to create a business separate from AT&T that could reach a value of $150 billion, including debt.
After the announcement, AT&T stock price was up roughly 5%, while Discovery’s were up 14% in pre-market.
Sources: cnbc.com, ft.com
Users/readers should not rely solely on the information presented herewith and should do their own research/analysis by also reading the actual underlying research. The content herewith is generic and does not take into consideration individual personal circumstances, investment experience or current financial situation.
Therefore, Key Way Investments Ltd shall not accept any responsibility for any losses of traders due to the use and the content of the information presented herein. Past performance and forecasts are not reliable indicators of future results.