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IG Note: Viacom Announces Another Tender

IG Note: 21 Nov 2018, 5:51 AM ET - Viacom is back in the market with a tender offer, as it looks to decrease its gross debt level.

VEON: Using Wind Tre Proceeds for Tender Offer

HY Note: 15 Nov 2018, 12:00 PM ET - VEON is using ~$2 bn of proceeds from the sale of its 50% stake in Wind-Tre for a tender offer for four tranches of $ bonds. VEON is also soliciting consents to amend certain covenants.

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-3Q18 Rel Val Update

Sector Analysis: 30 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - We take a closer look at relative value across the key IG Telecom and Cable credits. Comcast, Charter, and Verizon reported a solid 3Q18 whereas AT&T fell short. Within AT&T’s business segments, WarnerMedia was the outperformer.

US TMT: Digital Advertising-More Than FB and GOOG?

Sector Analysis: 23 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - In this second part of a series on US advertising, we discuss the digital advertising market. 

US TMT: The Basics of TV Network Advertising

Sector Analysis: 22 Oct 2018, 3:33 AM ET - This is the first in a series of articles discussing the various advertising platforms. In this piece we focus on network television advertising (broadcast and cable).   
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CBS: So Long Moonves

IG Note: 10 Sep 2018, 4:39 PM ET - CBS has seen its drama-filled summer come to an end with the departure of Les Moonves and a resolution with its controlling shareholder, National Amusements.

US TMT: Smartphones – The World is Flat

Sector Analysis: 05 Sep 2018, 5:46 AM ET - We examine the current state of the smartphone market, discuss demand trends in the US and emerging regions, and implications for industry participants across the supply chain.
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Viacom F3Q18: Less Like a Mission Impossible

Earnings Note: 09 Aug 2018, 9:59 PM ET - Viacom's F3Q18 was another quarter of improvement. Operating momentum is encouraging, through uncertainty regarding the long-term plans of its controlling shareholder remains. 

US IG TMT: A Look at Possible TrouBBBle Spots

Sector Analysis: 06 Aug 2018, 4:56 AM ET - We look at the change in the agency ratings make-up of IG TMT and potential BBB trouble spots, which have ramped-up leveraged late in the cycle.

July 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 31 Jul 2018, 9:39 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the thirty-nine company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of July.
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CBS: to Investigate Allegations against Moonves

Worth Watching: 30 Jul 2018, 10:04 PM ET - CBS (Baa2/BBB) announced that its Board of Directors has not yet taken any actions against Les Moonves in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that were published Friday in the New Yorker against the longtime CEO. The Board is selecting ou ..

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-Earnings Publishing Recap

Worth Watching: 30 Jul 2018, 12:22 PM ET - US IG Telco/Cable: The week of July 23 brought a heavy earnings schedule, including the three IG telco and cable mega-issuers, Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. Please see the following earnings notes for a summary of each company's 2Q18 earnings: Veriz ..
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CBS: Les than Ideal

IG Note: 27 Jul 2018, 4:14 PM ET - Reported allegations of sexual misconduct against CBS CEO Les Moonves are negative for CBS creditors. If Moonves departs CBS, this could have a range of potential implications for CBS and Viacom.

US IG Telco/Cable: Relative Value Update

Sector Analysis: 27 Jul 2018, 1:18 PM ET - On the heels of early earnings reports, we provide a relative value update on AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter IG.

DC Circuit Court Rules for FCC; UHF Discount Stays

Sector Analysis: 26 Jul 2018, 4:42 AM ET - The DC Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit challenging the FCC's decision to reinstate the UHF discount. We take a look at the ruling and what this means for the broadcasters. 
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Viacom: in Talks to Acquire AwesomenessTV

Worth Watching: 25 Jul 2018, 12:36 PM ET - Viacom (Baa3/BBB-) is reportedly in advanced discussions to acquire AwesomenessTV, a youth oriented digital media company. Reports in the press indicate that a potential deal could be announced in the coming weeks. Bloomberg reported that Viacom ..

Satellite C-Band: Let the Waiting Game Begin (2/2)

Sector Analysis: 15 Jul 2018, 9:23 PM ET - The FCC voted 4-0 to approve the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz NPRM and order. Now, we wait for the comments and replies, with a final order expected between 1Q and 2Q19. We assess the potential benefits and revisit relative value of INTEL, SES, ETL.
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Viacom: Taken-off CreditWatch Negative at S&P

Worth Watching: 12 Jul 2018, 9:54 PM ET - Viacom (Baa3/BBB-) had its BBB- ratings affirmed by S&P today after a lengthy review. The agency has officially removed Viacom from CreditWatch with negative implications. S&P cited Viacom's continued progress on the operation's front and in re ..

NYC HY Conference: Gray Television

Transcript: 06 Jul 2018, 6:10 AM ET - We presented our view of local television and why we still like its position even as our video options increase. We discussed our positive view and o/p rec on GTN's 2026s with an update for its Raycom acquisition announced the next week.

5G in Focus: Rome Was Not Wired in a Day

Sector Analysis: 27 Jun 2018, 11:57 PM ET - The noise around 5G builds daily. The next generation of network technology will open the door to new use cases, but the most transformative are still a long way off.

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