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Industry: Communication Services » Pay TV  
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Traded in other countries:CVY.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
Cablevision Systems Corp, through its subsidiary, CSC Holdings is a cable operator in the United States and operates through the segments: Cable, Lightpath, and Other.

Cablevision Systems Corp is a Delaware corporation which was organized in 1997. It operates through its subsidiary, CSC Holdings. CSC Holdings is a cable operator in the United States. It also provides high-speed data and Voice over Internet Protocol services using its television broadband network; and Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice and video transport and managed services, to the business market in the New York metropolitan area. One of its subsidiaries also operates a newspaper publishing business. It also owns a cable television advertising sales business and regional news and other local programming services businesses. The Company classifies its operations into three reportable segments: Cable, consisting principally of video, high-speed data, and VoIP services; Lightpath; and Other, consisting principally of Newsday, which includes the Newsday daily newspaper, amNew York, Star Community Publishing Group, and online websites including newsday.com and exploreLI.com, the News 12 Networks, which provides regional news programming services, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation, a cable television advertising company, and MSG Varsity, a program service dedicated to showcasing high school sports and activities and other local programming. The Company's cable television systems are operated in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut under non-exclusive franchise agreements, where required by the franchising authority, with state and/or municipal or county franchising authorities. The Company's competitors include Verizon Communications, Inc., AT&T Inc., RCN Corporation, among others. Its cable television systems are subject to federal, state and local regulations.

Guru Investment Theses on Cablevision Systems Corp

Mario Gabelli Comments on Cablevision Systems Corp - Feb 10, 2016

Cablevision Systems Corp. (not a holding as of 12/31/2015) (CVC – $31.86 – NYSE) (NYSE:CVC) provides broadband, television, and phone service to approximately three million subscribers in the New York metropolitan area. An industry pioneer, CVC developed the most advanced cable plant in the country and converted over 70% of its subscribers into triple play (video, phone, and broadband) customers. After years as a potential acquisition candidate, in September 2015 Cablevision agreed to a sale to Altice for $34.90 per share in cash. The deal represents the culmination of efforts to surface value through transactions such as the spin-offs of Madison Square Garden and AMC Networks (1.6%) in February 2010 and June 2011, respectively.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s Value 25 Fund fourth quarter 2015 commentary.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on Cablevision Systems Corp - Jan 29, 2016

Cablevision Systems Corp. (0.7%) (CVC – $31.90 – NYSE) (NYSE:CVC), based in Bethpage, New York, owns and operates cable systems in the U.S. and is the leading operator in the New York metropolitan area. On September 17, 2015, Altice N.V. agreed to acquire Cablevision for $9.7 billion or $34.90 per share in cash. The transaction reiterates Altice’s desire to continue to expand its presence in the U.S. market. Subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2016.


From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s ABC Fund Merger and Arbitrage shareholder letter for the fourth quarter 2015.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on Cablevision Systems Corp - Nov 23, 2015

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC)(3.5%) (CVC – $32.47 – NYSE) provides broadband, television, and phone service to approximately three million subscribers in the New York metropolitan area. An industry pioneer, CVC developed the most advanced cable plant in the country and converted over 70% of its subscribers into triple play (video, phone, and broadband) customers. After years as a potential acquisition candidate, in September 2015 Cablevision agreed to a sale to Altice for $34.90 per share in cash. The deal represents the culmination of efforts to surface value through transactions such as the spin-offs of Madison Square Garden (1.1%) and AMC Networks (0.5%) in February 2010 and June 2011, respectively.



From GAMCO's Global Telecommunications Fund third quarter 2015 shareholder commentary.



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Mario Gabelli Comments on Cablevision Systems Corp - Oct 21, 2015

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC)(4.4% of net assets as of September 30, 2015) (CVC – $32.47 – NYSE) provides broadband, television, and phone service to approximately three million subscribers in the New York metropolitan area. An industry pioneer, CVC developed the most advanced cable plant in the country and converted over 70% of its subscribers into triple play (video, phone, and broadband) customers. After years as a potential acquisition candidate, in September 2015 Cablevision agreed to a sale to Altice for $34.90 per share in cash. The deal represents the culmination of efforts to surface value through transactions such as the spin-offs of Madison Square Garden (3.2%) and AMC Networks (1.7%) in February 2010 and June 2011, respectively.



From GAMCO's third quarter 2015 Value 25 Fund shareholder commentary.



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Mario Gabelli Comments on Cablevision Systems Corp - Oct 19, 2015

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC)(0.6%) (CVC – $32.47 – NYSE), based in Bethpage, New York, owns and operates cable systems in the U.S., and is the leading operator in the New York metropolitan area, which represents the most attractive U.S. cable market measured by affluence and population density. On September 17, 2015, Altice N.V. agreed to acquire Cablevision for $9.7 billion or $34.90 per share in cash. The transaction reiterates Altice’s desire to continue to expand its presence in the U.S. market. Subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2016.



From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s third quarter 2015 ABC Fund commentary.

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Dividend Yield % 0.86
CVC's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
92% of the 780 Companies
in the Global Pay TV industry.

( Industry Median: 3.92 vs. CVC: 0.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
CVC' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.86
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0.86
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.37
CVC's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked higher than
89% of the 314 Companies
in the Global Pay TV industry.

( Industry Median: 0.77 vs. CVC: 0.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
CVC' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0.37
Current: 0.37
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0.37
Forward Dividend Yield % 1.72
CVC's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
85% of the 714 Companies
in the Global Pay TV industry.

( Industry Median: 3.95 vs. CVC: 1.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
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5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 0.86
CVC's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 809 Companies
in the Global Pay TV industry.

( Industry Median: 4.34 vs. CVC: 0.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
CVC' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.86
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More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $6,535.73
EPS (TTM) $ 0.81
Short Percentage of Float5.42%
52-Week Range $21.37 - 34.91
Shares Outstanding (Mil)276.33

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 6,597 6,652 6,734
EPS ($) 0.88 1.04 1.44
EPS without NRI ($) 0.88 1.04 1.44
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
16.50%
Dividends per Share ($) 0.27 0.27
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