Cumulus Acquires Westwoodone For $260M in Cash
Cumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of WestwoodOne, Inc. ("WWO"), formerly known as Dial Global, Inc., for $260 million in cash, consisting of approximately $45 million attributable to the equity of WWO and the retirement of $215 million of debt of WWO. Cumulus used cash on hand, including approximately $238 million in cash proceeds from the Company's previously completed sale of 53 radio stations in 12 small and mid-sized markets in November 2013 to Townsquare Media, LLC.
The acquisition of WestwoodOne will add sports, news, talk, music and programming services content – enabling Cumulus to provide a wider variety of options to approximately 10,000 U.S. radio stations, other media platforms and international platforms. New content acquired includes NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Olympics, AP Radio News, NBC News, the GRAMMY Awards and other popular programming.
Additionally, the combination of these content assets, along with the infrastructure to create new content vehicles and local activation opportunities, is expected to allow Cumulus to provide more extensive solutions for broadcast radio advertisers.
Although the merger was not subject to the pre-closing notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a review of the transaction. While Cumulus believes the merger does not raise any anti-competitive issues, it continues to voluntarily assist the DOJ with its evaluation. However, it cannot predict if the DOJ will elect to seek, or obtain, any remedies, or the effect that any remedies may have on Cumulus' business, financial condition or results of operations.
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About Cumulus Media Inc.
Cumulus Media (Nasdaq: CMLS) is the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States based on station count, with 457 owned and operated stations in 89 U.S. media markets and a fully-distributed programming network serving more than 10,000 affiliates nationwide, which contains a portfolio of iconic media, sports and entertainment brands. Cumulus strives to create the next generation of radio broadcasting and digital enterprise based on great people and technological excellence. Cumulus provides high-quality local programming choices for listeners and advertisers, challenging career environments for employees and value opportunities for shareholders. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
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