Insight Going Private

Management and the Carlyle Group are getting together to take over the cable operator.
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A management-led group reached a definitive agreement Friday to take cable operator

Insight Communications

(ICCI)

private for $11.75 a share.

The vehicle buying the New York-based company is called Insight Acquisition, and is led by Insight co-founders Sidney Knafel and Michael Willner, along with the Carlyle Group. Chairman Knafel and CEO Willner own 14% of the stock and hold a 62% voting stake.

The group made a preliminary bid for Insight in March, then offering $10.70 a share. Insight formed a special committee of independent directors to consider the proposal. On Friday, the company said the board panel had cleared the deal as being in the best interest of shareholders. Insight said the new price offers a 21% premium to Insight's closing price the day before the March bid.

The news comes just a week after Insight refinanced some debt. The company, the nation's No. 9 cable operator, is facing a landscape in which leading players

Comcast

(CMCSA) - Get Report

and

Time Warner

(TWX)

are steadily expanding their reach.

Early Friday, Insight was flat at $11.20.