Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) and Mission Broadcasting, Inc. announced today that they completed the previously announced accretive acquisition of the assets of WFFF-TV (FOX) and WVNY (ABC) serving the Burlington, Vermont market from Smith Media, LLC and affiliates for a total of $16.9 million. Concurrent with the closing of the station acquisitions, Nexstar and Mission entered into a local services agreement whereby Nexstar is providing sales and other services to WVNY.
Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., commented, “This transaction is consistent with our acquisition criteria as it further diversifies our operations, expands our scale, creates another new duopoly market and is financially accretive. Since mid-2012, Nexstar has expanded to 72 from 55 the number of television stations that it owns, operates or provides services to and in doing so, we’ve grown our duopoly markets to 26 from 20. The eighteen recently acquired stations will be additive to our operating results throughout 2013 and we continue to evaluate additional station acquisition opportunities that will allow the Company to leverage its intellectual capital and operating management disciplines.”
Waller Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor to Smith Media, LLC.
About Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, e-MEDIA, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 72 television stations and 15 related digital multicast signals reaching 41 markets or approximately 12.1% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV, The CW, Telemundo, and Bounce TV, the nation’s first over-the-air broadcast television network programmed for African-American audiences and two independent stations. Nexstar’s 41 community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities.