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NLSN: David Kenny is the New CEO

Worth Watching: 20 Nov 2018, 11:03 AM ET - NLSN (B1/BB): David Kenny is NLSN's new Chief Executive Officer. Kenny will join NLSN and become a member of its Board of Directors on December 3rd, replacing current CEO Mitch Barns, who will retire and step down from NLSN's Board (Barns will ..

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.

October 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 31 Oct 2018, 10:03 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the twenty-eight company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of October.

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.
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NLSN: 3Q18 Wasn't Great But That Was Expected

Earnings Note: 25 Oct 2018, 10:45 PM ET - NLSN delivered the weak 3Q18 results the market expected but still reduced full year free cash flow guidance because of working capital issues. No update on the strategic review but the CEO search and 2019 budgeting process are underway.

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. 
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NLSN: Selling Out, Splitting Up or Staying Put?

Company Spotlight: 14 Oct 2018, 10:07 PM ET - We review potential outcomes of NLSN’s strategic review and their implications for bondholders. The 2022s (with  upside potential if NLSN is sold but limited downside risk in other scenarios) are our preferred security in the debt stack.

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.

WPP: A Look Ahead to 2Q18 Results

Company Spotlight: 13 Aug 2018, 10:51 PM ET - We discuss recent results from the ad agency holdcos and Nielsen ahead of WPP’s 2Q18 earnings set to be released on September 4th.

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.

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 ..

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.
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Nielsen: 2Q18 Disappoints In More Ways Than One

Earnings Note: 27 Jul 2018, 11:06 AM ET - NLSN's results disappointed, guidance was cut, the Board is undertaking a strategic review of the Buy segment and the CEO is retiring. Equity and bond investors felt the pain. Staying u/p: we aren't convinced NLSN's issues are behind them.

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. 

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.

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.

US Media: A Top Down Look at Linear Networks

Sector Analysis: 30 May 2018, 5:39 AM ET - We all know video subscribers are declining, but that means different things for different content owners. We review cable and broadcast networks relative positioning across a number of metrics. 

US, China & ZTE: Implications for TMT

Sector Analysis: 16 May 2018, 11:51 PM ET - Given recent tensions between the US and China, we discuss potential implications to sectors and companies within our TMT coverage universe. 

April 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 30 Apr 2018, 9:22 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the twenty-six company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of April.

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