Time Warner Cable (0.3%) (TWC)(TWC - $137.18 - NYSE) is the second largest cable operator in the U.S., with 11 million subscribers located primarily in New York City, Los Angeles, the Carolinas and Midwest. The company was spun-off from Time Warner in March 2009. After several strong years of growth and shareholder returns, the company encountered customer service and competitive challenges in late 2012 which left it vulnerable to takeover. Indeed, Charter Communications (less than 0.05%), backed by Liberty Media (0.7%), attempted on several occasions to acquire the company in 2013. Finally in February 2014, Comcast (0.4%), the largest cable operator in the U.S., agreed to acquire TWC in an all stock transaction. While the proposed deal has been criticized in the press, we expect it to close with minimal conditions early in 2015.
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