|TIME WARNER INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/26/2017|
TIME WARNER INC.
MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION (Continued)
a number of initiatives to capitalize on the new opportunities presented by these changes, including launching OTT services and investing in and obtaining distribution of its content through other companies OTT services, as well as investing in short-form content production and digital-first news and entertainment networks. In addition, the Company is focused on increasing the digital sales and rentals of its television and film content and is a leader in various initiatives designed to make digital ownership of content more compelling for consumers.
AT&T and Time Warner Merger Agreement
On October 22, 2016, Time Warner entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement) with AT&T Inc. (AT&T), West Merger Sub, Inc. and West Merger Sub II, LLC, pursuant to which Time Warner will combine with AT&T in a stock-and-cash transaction. The Merger Agreement was approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies. Time Warner shareholders adopted the Merger Agreement at a special meeting of shareholders held on February 15, 2017. Subject to the satisfaction of the remaining conditions in the Merger Agreement, upon consummation of the merger, Time Warners shareholders will receive per share consideration consisting of $53.75 in cash and a specified number of shares of AT&T stock, as set forth in the Merger Agreement and determined by reference to the average of the volume weighted averages of the trading price of AT&T common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on each of the 15 consecutive NYSE trading days ending on and including the trading day that is three trading days prior to the closing of the merger (the Average Stock Price). The stock portion of the per share consideration will be subject to a collar such that if the Average Stock Price is between $37.411 and $41.349, Time Warner shareholders will receive shares of AT&T stock equal to $53.75 in value for each share of Time Warner common stock. If the Average Stock Price is below $37.411, Time Warners shareholders will receive 1.437 AT&T shares for each share of Time Warner common stock. If the Average Stock Price is above $41.349, Time Warner shareholders will receive 1.300 AT&T shares for each share of Time Warner common stock. The merger is conditioned on the receipt of certain antitrust and other required regulatory consents. The merger is expected to close before year-end 2017. Should Time Warner terminate the Merger Agreement in specified circumstances, Time Warner may be required to pay AT&T a termination fee equal to $1.725 billion if Time Warner enters into or consummates an alternative transaction with a third party following such termination of the Merger Agreement.
The merger with AT&T is consistent with the Companys strategy of ensuring that its content is available to consumers on a wide range of distribution platforms. The Company expects the merger will accelerate the Companys efforts to spur innovation in the media industry and improve the consumer experience with pay television bundles by creating compelling consumer offerings and developing more targeted advertising offerings, and it will accelerate and reduce the risk in Time Warners strategy to distribute content through other online and mobile services, including those offered directly to consumers.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Recent Accounting Guidance
See Note 1, Description of Business and Basis of Presentation, to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for a discussion of recent accounting guidance.