Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its DTH satellite TV operations currently serving four Eastern European markets to M7 Group, the company said.
Liberty Global will sell its DTH operations for a total enterprise value of approximately â¬180 million (USD 205 million1) on a US GAAP basis, subject to customary debt and working capital adjustments at completion. Closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval, which is expected in the first half of 2019.
Currently the DTH business serves customers in Hungary under the brand UPC Direct, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia under the brand freeSAT, and in Romania under the brand FocusSat.
The proceeds from the sale are expected to be used for general corporate purposes.
Merrill Lynch International (“BofA Merrill Lynch”), a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, is acting as financial advisor to Liberty Global on the transaction.
Liberty Global is the world´s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in 10 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC.