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- News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) today announced that it intends to pursue the separation of its publishing and media and entertainment businesses into two distinct publicly traded companies. Upon closing of such a transaction, shareholders would hold interests in a world-class publishing company, consisting of the largest collection of best-in-class publishing assets and a new digital education group, and an unmatched global media and entertainment company, each of which would benefit from enhanced strategic alignment and increased operational flexibility with respect to an unparalleled portfolio of assets, brands and franchises.
News Corporation’s Board authorized management to explore this separation after a Board meeting yesterday.
The proposed transaction would create global category leaders in both publishing and entertainment: a publishing company, which would be comprised of News Corporation’s newspapers and information businesses in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, the Company’s leading book publishing brands, its integrated marketing services company, its digital education group, as well as its other assets in Australia; and a global media and entertainment company, which would encompass News Corporation’s broadcast and worldwide cable networks, leading film and television production studios, television stations and highly successful pay-TV businesses in Europe and India.
The new global media and entertainment company that would be created through the proposed transaction would consist of News Corporation’s highly-profitable cable and television assets, filmed entertainment, and direct satellite broadcasting businesses, including Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox Sports, Fox International Channels, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FX, Star, the National Geographic Channels, Shine Group, Fox Television Stations, BSkyB, Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, among others. As a pure-play content producer and distributor, the Company would build on its deep heritage in developing incredibly strong, premium content for distribution on screens of all sizes by leveraging its leading content across its entertainment and cable news verticals, as well as its unparalleled collection of regional sports networks, and the industry's leading movie and TV production and distribution company. In addition, the entertainment company would benefit from its rapidly growing, high-margin cable network and pay-TV assets, and the distribution capabilities and opportunities associated with its unrivaled global footprint with significant scale across North and South America, Europe and Asia.
The new global publishing company that would be created through the proposed transaction would consist of News Corporation’s current publishing businesses, as well as its book publishing, education and integrated marketing services divisions. The new publishing company would create a scaled publishing platform that would be one of the best capitalized in the industry. The publishing company would have the opportunity to leverage its trusted brands for innovation and value creation across all traditional and digital platforms. The publishing company would incorporate some of the world’s most successful print, digital and information services brands including Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, HarperCollins, The New York Post, and The Daily, as well as offer the rich diversity of assets in Australia, including leading brands such as The Australian, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and The Courier Mail. In addition, the Company would include The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times, as well as News Corporation’s integrated marketing services group and its ground-breaking digital education group, including Wireless Generation. With a balanced portfolio of stable and growing news publishing brands and other assets, shareholders would benefit from strong and consistent free cash flow generated by these businesses, over multiple platforms.
Upon closing of the proposed transaction, News Corporation’s shareholders would receive one share of common stock in the new company for each same class News Corporation share currently held. Following the separation, each company would maintain two classes of common stock: Class A Common and Class B Common Voting Shares.
Upon closing of the proposed transaction, Rupert Murdoch would serve as Chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment company. Chase Carey would serve as President and COO of the media and entertainment company. Over the next several months, the Company will assemble management teams and Boards of Directors for both businesses.
The separation is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. Management is developing detailed plans for the Board’s further consideration and final approval. To execute the transaction requires further work on structure, management, governance, and other significant matters. After receiving final approval of the Board of Directors, News Corporation will convene a special shareholder meeting to consider the transaction. This meeting is not expected to take place until the first half of calendar 2013. During the closing process, News Corporation will remain focused on delivering the best possible results for the benefit of its consumers, customers and shareholders.
In addition to shareholder approval, the completion of the separation will also be subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, opinions from tax counsel and favorable rulings from certain tax jurisdictions regarding the tax-free nature of the transaction to the Company and to its shareholders, further due diligence as appropriate, and the filing and effectiveness of appropriate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company will provide interim updates as appropriate. There can be no assurances given that the separation of the Company’s businesses as described in this announcement will occur.
- Oriental Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: OFG) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE: BBVA) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Oriental to acquire BBVA’s Puerto Rico operations for $500 million in cash, approximately a 3% premium to tangible book value. Closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is targeted for before year end 2012.
In connection with the acquisition, Oriental announced that it has raised, in a private placement with institutional investors, $84 million of 8.75% non-cumulative convertible perpetual preferred stock, with a conversion price of $11.77, as a first step in raising an estimated $150 million in Tier 1 capital. Oriental intends to use its own excess capital to fund the balance of the purchase price.
Upon consummation of the acquisition, Oriental will be the second largest bank in Puerto Rico in terms of branches and core deposit funding, and the third largest in terms of assets. The resulting loan portfolio will be approximately a third each in commercial loans, residential mortgages, and consumer loans and leases, while the resulting securities portfolio will represent less than 40% of total earning assets.
As of March 31, 2012, BBVA PR had approximately $5.2 billion in assets, $3.7 billion in loans, $3.3 billion in deposits, 36 branches, and approximately 950 employees, which would add to Oriental’s $6.5 billion in assets, $1.7 billion in loans, $2.3 billion in deposits, 28 branches and approximately 720 employees, also as of March 31, 2012. BBVA PR has strong franchises in commercial and corporate banking, auto lending, retail banking, residential mortgage lending, insurance and wealth management.
The financial impact of the transaction is expected to be decidedly positive for Oriental. Based on current estimates, the acquisition (including the related capital raise described below) would be approximately 35% accretive to earnings per share in 2013 on a pro forma basis and approximately 52% in 2014. The projected annual cost savings are expected to be about 20% of BBVA PR’s non-interest expenses, approximately half of which are expected to be realized in 2013. Oriental expects to incur certain one-time restructuring charges of approximately $40 million in 2013 in connection with the transaction. While tangible book value per share is expected to be diluted approximately 23% at the close, it is anticipated to be earned back in less than two years, based on the combined company’s earnings.
Oriental has developed a financing plan designed to minimize shareholder dilution and maximize EPS accretion. The Company plans to finance the transaction through (i) $350 million of cash on the balance sheet, (ii) the previously mentioned private placement of $84 million in non-cumulative convertible perpetual preferred stock that is expected to close on July 3, 2012, subject only to customary closing conditions, and (iii) approximately $65-$70 million currently expected to be raised in approximately equal amounts of non-convertible perpetual preferred and common equity.
In addition, to reduce capital requirements and further strategic goals, Oriental plans to delever, at or prior to closing, approximately $1.3 billion of its investment securities portfolio and approximately $450 million of the BBVA PR investment securities portfolio, including the settlement of the related repurchase agreement funding at both Oriental and BBVA PR.
- Development Bank of Japan Inc. (“DBJ”) and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) entered into definitive agreements regarding Sony’s sale to DBJ of chemical products businesses operated by Sony Group including Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation (“SCID”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.
SCID is engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemical products, including adhesive materials such as anisotropic conductive film, optical materials such as optical elasticity resin and magnetic devices. SCID also manufactures other non-chemical products sold by Sony, such as optical disk media, magnetic tape, laminate substrates, FeliCa cards and medical print media. The contemplated sale would cover domestic and overseas operations of Sony Group, including operations of SCID, relating to the manufacture and sale of chemical products.
Before the completion of the contemplated sale, Sony will first transfer certain of its chemical products-related businesses to SCID, while at the same time SCID will transfer its non-chemical related businesses, as well as a portion of SCID’s assets, to Sony. Thereafter, a holding company fully funded by DBJ, will acquire from Sony all of the issued shares of SCID and a certain subsidiary in Sony Group engaged in the chemical products-related business, as well as licenses for certain Sony patents related to these businesses.
As a result of the contemplated sale, the new company that will result from the contemplated sale will further expand its businesses by leveraging the expertise in advanced material development and process technologies currently owned by SCID, including those in the adhesive and optical materials sectors, and by fully utilizing the funds provided by DBJ, together with other supplementary resources that it will aim to secure. The new company also intends to rapidly introduce products that meet customers’ needs by utilizing its network of manufacturing and sales bases in Japan and overseas, and increasing cost competiveness.
The consideration for the contemplated sale is expected to be ¥58.0 billion (about $730 million). DBJ and Sony aim to complete the sale in the fall of calendar 2012, subject to the receipt of any necessary government authorizations and approvals.
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