AT&T is nearing a deal to promote a considerable minority stake in its DirecTV, AT&T TV Now and U-Verse enterprise to non-public fairness agency TPG, in response to folks accustomed to the matter.
A deal might be introduced as quickly as this week, stated the folks, who requested to not be named as a result of the discussions are personal.
The deal will worth the AT&T companies round at $15 billion. AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015 for $48.5 billion ($67 billion with debt).
AT&T has moved away from conventional pay TV up to now a number of years because it has centered its media technique round HBO Max. DirecTV, U-Verse and AT&T TV Now are primarily based round a linear TV enterprise of broadcast and cable networks that’s shedding hundreds of thousands of subscribers every year.
AT&T misplaced practically three million video prospects final yr and took a $15.5 billion impairment cost because of the firm’s reevaluation of its home video enterprise.
A sale will present AT&T will more money to pay down its debt, which stands at about $150 billion and has constantly declined by way of the previous yr.
Hedge fund Elliott Administration took an activist stake in AT&T in September 2019. In a letter to administration, Elliott requested AT&T to focus its strategic operations whereas contemplating divesting noncore belongings — together with DirecTV. AT&T CEO John Stankey has resisted a full sale.
TPG and AT&T declined to remark.