Fisher Communications (FSCI) Unit to Acquire KMTR(TV) in $8.5M Deal

November 26, 2012 4:38 PM EST
On November 19, 2012, Fisher Broadcasting – Oregon TV, L.L.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fisher Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSCI) entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Newport Television LLC and Newport Television License LLC to acquire, subject to prior approval from the Federal Communications Commission, television station KMTR(TV), together with certain related satellite stations, which serve the Eugene, Oregon Nielsen Designated Market Area, for a total purchase price of $8.5 million.

Concurrently, Fisher Broadcasting assigned to Roberts Media, LLC, an unrelated third party, its rights under the Purchase Agreement to acquire the FCC licenses with respect to the Station together with certain other of the Station’s operating and programming assets.

Also concurrently with the Purchase Agreement, Fisher Broadcasting and Roberts Media entered into a Shared Services Agreement pursuant to which Fisher Broadcasting would, following the acquisition of the Station assets by Roberts Media, provide for a fee technical, engineering and certain other services to support Roberts Media’s operation of the Station. In addition, pursuant to the Shared Services Agreement, Fisher Broadcasting, following the closing under the Purchase Agreement, would have the right to provide up to 15% of the Station’s weekly programming and sell all of the local advertising on the Station on a commissioned basis. The Shared Services Agreement will be effective upon the closing of the Station acquisition, which is expected to occur in the first half of 2013.

In connection with the Purchase Agreement and the Shared Services Agreement, Roberts Media has also granted Fisher Broadcasting an option to subsequently acquire the Station assets held by Roberts Media subject to certain conditions. It is expected that Roberts Media will obtain third-party financing for its acquisition under the Purchase Agreement and that Fisher Broadcasting will guarantee the indebtedness to be incurred by Roberts Media to finance its portion of the acquisition. The transaction is subject to approval by the FCC, other regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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