TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Rogers Media Inc. today announced it is acquiring all of the outstanding shares of Score Media Inc., and will wholly own theScore Television Network and related television assets.
The acquisition of Score Media does not include its digital media business, including theScore.com website and mobile applications. Immediately prior to the acquisition, Score Media's digital assets will be spun out to its existing shareholders, with Rogers Media retaining a 10 per cent equity interest in the digital media business. Rogers Media will also have access to Score Media's digital technology to immediately enhance its mobile offerings.
The acquisition builds on Rogers' rich history in sports and reinforces its commitment to delivering premium sports content to its audiences on their platform of choice. Upon receipt of final regulatory approvals, the television network will be rebranded under the Sportsnet umbrella.
"We continue to pursue opportunities to engage, expand and enhance the experience for sports fans. Rogers Media is on a growth trajectory and this builds on our momentum of delivering world-class sports content anywhere, anytime, on any platform," said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media. "theScore is a tremendous sports service that offers a distinct flavour of premium, niche programming that fits squarely within our strategy of delivering highly sought-after content to Canadians."Score Media owns theScore Television Network, closed captioning service Voice to Visual Inc., and mixed martial arts promotion The Score Fighting Series, as well as the digital media business being spun out to its shareholders. theScore Television Network is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming across Canada. It is Canada's third largest specialty sports channel with 6.6 million television subscribers generating approximately $45 million of annual subscription and advertising revenues and approximately $15 million of annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). The total consideration payable by Rogers Media in connection with the transaction, including consideration payable to Score Media's shareholders, consideration for the 10 per cent equity interest in the digital media business, and repayment of Score Media's third-party debt and transaction expenses, is $167 million. The transaction will be carried out by way of plan of arrangement, and will be subject to Score Media shareholder and court approvals, and the satisfaction of other customary conditions. The meeting of Score Media shareholders is currently expected to be held in the fall of 2012. The CEO and largest shareholder of Score Media have entered into an irrevocable lockup agreement with Rogers Media in support of the transaction. Upon completion of the arrangement, the shares of Score Media will be held in a CRTC-approved trust and release of the shares to Rogers Media will be subject to receipt of CRTC final approval.