Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Acquisition Of Barrington Stations
BALTIMORE, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the “Company” or “Sinclair”) announced today that it closed on its previously announced acquisition of 18 television stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC (“Barrington”) for $370.0 million and entered into agreements to operate or provide sales services to another six stations. The 24 stations are located in 15 markets and reach 3.4% of the U.S. TV households. The acquisition was funded through cash on hand.
As previously discussed, due to FCC ownership conflict rules, Sinclair sold its station in Syracuse, NY, WSYT (FOX), and assigned its local marketing agreement (“LMA”) and purchase option on WNYS (MNT) in Syracuse, NY to Bristlecone Broadcasting. The Company also sold its station in Peoria, IL, WYZZ (FOX) to Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”). In addition, the license assets of three stations were purchased by CBC (WBSF in Flint, MI and WGTU/WGTQ in Traverse City/Cadillac, MI) and the license assets of two stations were purchase by Howard Stirk Holdings (WEYI in Flint, MI and WWMB in Myrtle Beach, SC) to which Sinclair will provide services pursuant to shared services and joint sales agreements. Following its acquisition by Sinclair, WSTM (NBC) in Syracuse, NY, will continue to provide services to WTVH (CBS), which is owned by Granite Broadcasting, and receive services on WHOI in Peoria, IL from Granite Broadcasting. Sinclair has, however, notified Granite Broadcasting that it does not intend to renew these agreements in these two markets when they expire in March of 2017.
The Barrington stations covered by the transaction are:
Station Affil. Market DMA(1) ------- ------ ------ ----- WEYI NBC Flint/Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI 67 WBSF CW Flint/Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI 67 WNWO NBC Toledo, OH 76 WACH FOX Columbia, SC 77 WSTM NBC Syracuse, NY 84 WTVH CBS Syracuse, NY 84 WSTQ CW Syracuse, NY 84 KGBT CBS Harlingen/Weslaco/Brownsville/McAllen, TX 86 KXRM FOX Colorado Springs, CO 89 KXTU CW Colorado Springs, CO 89 WPDE ABC Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC 103 WWMB CW Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC 103 WHOI ABC Peoria/Bloomington, IL 116 WPBN NBC Traverse City/Cadillac, MI 120 WGTU ABC Traverse City/Cadillac, MI 120 WTOM NBC Traverse City/Cadillac, MI 120 WGTQ ABC Traverse City/Cadillac, MI 120 KVII ABC Amarillo, TX 130 KVIH ABC Amarillo, TX 130 KRCG CBS Columbia/Jefferson City, MO 138 WFXL FOX Albany, GA 150 KHQA CBS Quincy, IL/Hannibal, MO/Keokuk, IA 171 WLUC NBC Marquette, MI 180 KTVO ABC Ottumwa, IA/Kirksville, MO 199
(1) Represents television designated market areas according to the Nielsen Company (“Nielsen”). The numbers in the column represent the ranking in terms of size of the DMA out of the 210 generally recognized DMAs in the United States.
On a pro forma basis assuming consummation of all announced transactions, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies, will own and operate, program or provide sales services to 164 television stations in 77 markets. Sinclair’s television group will reach approximately 38.7% of U.S. television households (24.3% based on the FCC’s calculation with the UHF discount) and will be affiliated with all major networks. Sinclair’s television portfolio will include 39 FOX, 29 ABC, 26 CBS, 25 CW, 22 MNT, 16 NBC, 5 Univision, one Azteca and one independent station. Sinclair owns equity interests in broadcast transmission-related companies and various non-broadcast related companies. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
SOURCE Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.