Tag Archives: CBS

Spinoff Odds & Ends: A Look At Shareholder Activism And Media Spin-offs(BIVV CSX TIME PSO TWX)

It’s hump day. Here are some links to help you get through it: Marketfolly published some notes on a panel titled ‘The Future of Shareholder Activism’ at the Reuters Live Newsmaker Event. The panel featured some currently ‘active’ managers including ValueAct’s Jeffrey Ubben, Mantle Ridge’s Paul Hilal, Blackrock’s Zach Oleksiuk and Cadwalader’s Richard Brand (lawyer). Mr. Ubben has been… Read More »

Gabelli Keeps Picking Spinoffs At Barron’s Roundtable(GBL AC HRI HTZ BATRK VIAB CBS LBTYK)

Every year Barron’s gathers a group of asset management luminaries for a roundtable discussion. The group collectively manages many many billions of dollars and includes people like Jeffrey Gundlach, Mario Gabelli and Meryl Witmer. While the discourse includes a bit about the overall macro environment, the focus is mainly on each individual’s top investments for the coming year.… Read More »

CBS Radio To Merge With Entercom(ETM) In Reverse Morris Trust Transaction

Last March, we reported that CBS(CBS) was considering ‘strategic options’ for its radio business.  After it was unable to find a buyer, the company moved forward with plans for an IPO and spinoff of CBS Radio. Today, the company again announced a change of plans. Instead of an IPO, the company will be spun off and immediately merge… Read More »

Redstones Decide CBS And Viacom Should Remain Divorced After All

A decade after a divorce, a couple strongly considers getting back together, only to call it off. The plot of It’s Complicated?  No, the latest in the saga of Viacom(VIA) and CBS(CBS).  At the very end of 2005, Viacom and CBS split into two independent companies. Late this summer, as Shari Redstone cemented her control over her father… Read More »

CBS Considering ‘Strategic Options’ For Its Radio Business

CBS Corporation (CBS) is ready to shed one of its oldest assets. While the network is well known today for its hit shows, its origins are in the radio business. Nothing lasts forever though and during this week’s presentation at its analyst day, CEO Les Moonves announced that the company was considering ‘its strategic options’ for the radio business.… Read More »

Just A Week After Spin, CBS Outdoor Americas Announces Acquisition Of Van Wagner Assets

Less than a week after the completion of an exchange offer that fully separated it from former parent CBS (CBS), and its subsequent conversion to REIT status, CBS Outdoor (CBSO) has announced a major acquisition which will grow the company’s footprint significantly. The company will be purchasing approximately 1100 billboards from Van Wagner Communications, LLC for $690 million in… Read More »

Is Chasing REIT Status A Fool’s Errand For CBS Outdoor And Lamar Advertising?

REITs have been extremely popular investments over the past few years as investors desperately thirst for yield. Not surprisingly, the space has attracted the interest of some ‘non traditional’ companies including data storage titan Iron Mountain (IRM), whose board of directors just approved REIT conversion plans following a favorable IRS ruling. Some other ‘non traditional’ companies, such as billboard… Read More »

The Great Exchange! CBS To ‘Split Off’ Remaining CBS Outdoor Stake Via Exchange Offer

CBS (CBS) finally released details on its plan to ‘split off’ its remaining 81% stake in CBS Outdoors (CBSO). After successfully raising ~$2b selling 19% of the outdoor advertising company in an IPO a few months ago, the company is offering a voluntary exchange offer to dispose of its remaining shares. CBS Class B shareholders will be able… Read More »

CBS Receives Favorable IRS Private Letter Ruling For CBS Outdoor Americas

CBS Corporation (CBS) continues to make progress in its three step plan for outdoor advertising company CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO). The first milestone was achieved last month with CBSO’s successful IPO and now CBS has received a favorable private letter ruling from the IRS regarding the conversion of CBSO into a REIT. According to CBS CEO and President Les… Read More »

CBS Begins Exit Of The Great Outdoors With IPO

Roughly a year ago CBS Corp (CBS) decided to shed its outdoor units. Its Asian & European units would be divested and were ultimately sold to private equity firm Platinum Equity for an estimated $225m last fall. The company had grander plans for its North American outdoor segment though. Much grander plans, including an IPO, followed by a spinoff… Read More »

Will IRS REIT Review Affect Upcoming Spinoffs?

Delays could be on the horizon for CBS’ (CBS) upcoming North & South American outdoor advertising spinoff. The IRS has apparently formed an ‘internal working group’ to study its current standards of what type of companies can qualify for REIT status. The news came out late last week when both Lamar Advertising (LAMR) and data storage company Equinix Inc… Read More »

Mario Gabelli Loves Spinoffs, Picks Several For 2013 Barron’s Roundtable

Twice a year, Barron’s gathers some of the top minds in the industry for a roundtable discussion on the worldwide investment environment and economic outlook. This year’s panel included the same regulars as usual, financial titans all,  PIMCO’s Bill Gross, uber-bull Abby Joseph Cohen, GAMCO Investor’s (GBL) Mario Gabelli and Felix Zulauf. In addition to pontificating on the… Read More »

A Better Life Outdoors? CBS Has New Plans For Its Outdoor Segments

After failing to secure a buyer for the unit, CBS Corporation (CBS) announced that it had some new plans for its outdoor segments. The company plans on converting its Americas Outdoor unit into a REIT while the Asian & European Outdoor piece will be divested and treated as a discontinued operation. The Outdoor segment, which is focused on… Read More »