In December 2012, the Company also acquired Sports Time Ohio, a RSN serving the Cleveland, Ohio market, for an estimated total purchase price of approximately $270 million, of which $130 million was paid in cash. The balance of the purchase price represents the fair value of deferred payments and payments that are contingent upon achievement of certain performance objectives.
In January 2013, the Company reached an agreement with Sky Deutschland AG (“Sky Deutschland”) and its new bank syndicate to support both a new financing structure and the issuance of €438 million (approximately $585 million) of new equity, which includes the outstanding €144 million (approximately $195 million) of equity under the capital measures announced by Sky Deutschland in February 2012. Sky Deutschland finalized the equity offering in early February 2013 and the Company acquired, through a combination of a private placement and a rights offering, approximately 92 million additional shares of Sky Deutschland increasing its ownership to approximately 55%. The aggregate cost of the shares acquired by the Company was approximately €410 million (approximately $550 million). As a result of these transactions, the results of Sky Deutschland will be included in the Company’s consolidated results of operations in the fiscal third quarter of 2013. In addition, the Company has committed to guarantee Sky Deutschland’s new €300 million (approximately $400 million) five-year bank credit facility, which will replace Sky Deutschland’s existing bank debt facilities (to be repaid in full). Additionally, News Corporation will act as guarantor to the German Football League for Sky Deutschland’s Bundesliga broadcasting license for the 2013/14 to 2016/17 seasons in an amount up to 50% of the license fee per season. News Corporation has also agreed to extend the maturity of existing shareholder loans.
On May 9, 2012, News Corporation announced that its Board of Directors approved an increase to the previously authorized stock repurchase program from $5 billion to $10 billion. Through February 5, 2013, the Company has purchased nearly $6.3 billion of Class A common stock under the program, at an average price of $19.13 per share. As a result of the stock repurchase program, diluted weighted Class A shares outstanding of 2,346 million in this year’s quarter declined 7% from 2,515 million in the same period a year ago.