Discovery and Scripps seek to tie up in $12B TV deal
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network.
The deal, announced Monday, puts the combined company in a strong position to draw more women viewers.
Other channels include Discovery’s TLC and the Discovery Channel. Scripps owns HGTV and the Travel Channel, among others. The combined company will house five of the top pay TV networks for women and account for more than 20 per cent share of women watching prime-time pay TV in the U.S.
The transaction is valued at $90 per share, about a 4 per cent premium to Scripps’ Friday closing price of $86.91. The per-share price includes $63 per share in cash and $27 per share in Discovery’s Class C shares. The transaction also includes approximately $2.7 billion in Scripps’ debt.