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graphic October 11, 2001: 3:49 p.m. ET

GE unit buys Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo for $1.98 billion cash and stock.
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    NEW YORK (CNNmoney) - NBC became the first major U.S. network to add a Spanish-language broadcast channel to its fold Thursday, buying Telemundo Communications Group for about $1.98 billion in its largest acquisition.

    NBC said the deal is equally split between cash and stock of NBC parent General Electric Co. (GE: up $1.04 to $38.95, Research, Estimates). NBC also will assume $700 million in debt.

    Telemundo's national 24-hour network reaches 88 percent of total Hispanic television households and the company also owns 10 stations in top Hispanic U.S. markets.

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    The company also operates the No. 1 station in Puerto Rico and two cable channels.

    There are more than 35 million Hispanics in the United States, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, or about 13 percent of the population. Hispanics have a combined annual purchasing power estimated at some $500 billion.

    "The vibrant Hispanic market accounts for a significant and growing share of the nation's economy and we are eager to draw on Telemundo's expertise to better serve this important audience," NBC Chairman and CEO Bob Wright said.

    Most industry experts said they thought NBC overpaid for Telemundo, which draws about 20 percent of Hispanic viewers in the United States, while Univision Communications Inc., with about 80 percent of Hispanic viewers, has a market capitalization of about $6 billion.

    With estimated cash flow of about $60 million, Telemundo garnered a 45 multiple for its business.

    However, the deal is sweet for Telemundo's majority owners, Liberty Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment, which paid $539 million for their combined 75 percent stake in 1997. Sony holds 40 percent and Liberty Media 35 percent, with the balance in the hands of financial investors.

    "Telemundo is actually a distant number two to Univision and really therein lies the opportunity," said Michael Regan, analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston. "Telemundo is a growth platform for NBC and that's what (GE Chairman and CEO) Jeff Immelt and GE are all about now, creating growth platforms for the future."

    "The Hispanic market is the best demographic market for advertisers in the U.S. today with outstanding growth, so this is a great deal," Regan said.

    NBC fights off other suitors

    NBC was reported Monday to be conducting hard negotiations with Telemundo, but the network's name was linked with the company in August.

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    Other potential suitors included Viacom Inc. (VIA: up $2.98 to $36.88, Research, Estimates), Dallas-based radio station group Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., Walt Disney Co. (DIS: up $0.55 to $19.85, Research, Estimates), and CNNmoney parent AOL Time Warner (AOL: up $1.57 to $33.91, Research, Estimates).

    Telemundo sold between $200 million and $250 million in fall television ads, a 15 to 20 percent increase from last year. The No. 1 Spanish broadcaster, Univision, sold about $550 million in fall season ads, a 10 percent increase from last year.

    Telemundo President and CEO Jim McNamara and COO Alan Sokol will remain at the company after the acquisition.

    The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but is not expected to meet with much resistance. graphic


    -- from staff and wire reports

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