Charter is set to announce purchase of Time Warner Cable for US$55 billion | Se alista Charter para anunciar la compra de Time Warner Cable a US$55 mil millones

Charter is set to announce purchase of Time Warner Cable for US$55 billion | Se alista Charter para anunciar la compra de Time Warner Cable a US$55 mil millones
Charter is set to announce purchase of Time Warner Cable for US$55 billion | Se alista Charter para anunciar la compra de Time Warner Cable a US$55 mil millones

[EN]: Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable company in the United States, is set to acquire Time Warner Cable for US$55.1 billion. Such deal would elevate Charter among the top three companies, jumping to No. 2 in the shrinking and competing pay TV and broadband industry. The company would also merge with Bright House Networks. With BHN and TWC, Charter would almost quadruple the number of customers to 23 million (from 5.9 million subscribers). Currently, Comcast has the lead with 27 million customers. The trio would have to confront government approvals to make this merger a reality.

Unlike the failed merge between Time Warner Cable and Comcast, a deal between TWC and Charter seems more likely. Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, told the TWC and Charter CEOs the decision taken by the FCC about the proposed and failed Comcast-TWC merger doesn’t mean it will oppose any upcoming deals between other cable and Internet providers.

Charter would pay about $195 per share to buy Time Warner Cable. The deal may be announced tomorrow.

[ES]: Charter Communications, la cuarta compañía de cable más grande en los Estados Unidos, se establece para adquirir la empresa Time Warner Cable por US $55.1 mil millones. Tal acuerdo podría elevar a Charter entre las tres primeras empresas, saltando al segundo puesto en la decreciente y competidora industria de televisión de pago y de Internet por banda ancha. La compañía también se fusionaría con Bright House Networks. Con BHN y TWC, Charter cuadruplicaría casi el número presente de clientes a 23 millones (de 5,9 millones de suscriptores). Actualmente, Comcast tiene la ventaja con 27 millones de clientes. El trío tendría que enfrentarse a las aprobaciones gubernamentales para convertir esta fusión esto una realidad.

A diferencia de la fusión fallida entre Time Warner Cable y Comcast, un acuerdo entre TWC y Charter parece más probable. Tom Wheeler, presidente de la FCC, dijo a los directores generales de TWC y Charter que la decisión tomada por la FCC acerca de la fusión fallida entre Comcast y TWC no significa que se opondrá a cualquiera de los próximos acuerdos entre otras compañías proveedoras de cable e Internet.

Charter pagaría alrededor de $ 195 por acción para comprar Time Warner Cable. El acuerdo podría ser anunciado mañana.

[Sources/Fuentes]: Bloomberg: Charter Nears Deal to Buy Time Warner Cable for $55.1 Billion; CNN Money: Charter set to announce Time Warner Cable acquisition.

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