TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Corus Entertainment Inc. ("Corus" or "the Company") (TSX:CJR.B) announced that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") has approved the Company's acquisition of Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc. and plans on closing the transactions at calendar year-end.
"We are pleased with the CRTC's decision and excited about the future growth opportunities these acquisitions represent," said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Corus has established a track record for building and stewarding strong brands as well as delivering the best possible content to audiences everywhere."
With these acquisitions, Corus will own at closing 100% of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada (which includes TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, TELETOON Retro, TÉLÉTOON Rétro and Cartoon Network). In April 2013, Corus also consolidated its ownership of ABC Spark and divested its 20% interest in Food Network Canada.
The net cash consideration for these assets is $481 million Cdn. and will be paid for with cash on hand and existing bank lines of credit when the transaction closes. The overall transaction is valued at a fiscal 2013 EBITDA multiple of 9.4x and will be immediately EPS and Free Cash Flow accretive.
Corus has established a Montreal-based management team led by Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Média & Head of Eastern Ontario, Radio and Television. In addition to the Quebec-based specialty services, Mr. Cecchini will also oversee Corus' eastern Ontario radio and local television stations.
As part of the transaction, Corus has committed to invest approximately $42 million in tangible benefits for French and English language television, radio and film content development as well as support for Canadian talent, training and professional development for Canadian media, and new consumer participation initiatives.
Regarding the Company's applications to acquire the two Ottawa-based radio stations, CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM, Corus anticipates that it will receive a favourable decision early in the new year.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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