At a special meeting today, DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). The final voting results indicate more than 99 percent of votes cast were in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement, representing 77 percent of all outstanding shares. The proposed merger remains subject to regulatory review and approval including expiration of waiting periods mandated by the Hart Scott Rodino Act to permit review and appropriate action by the U.S. Department of Justice and review and approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for required transfer of licenses and other FCC authorizations, as well as approval by certain international regulatory bodies. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015. Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth in this communication, including financial estimates and statements as to the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed merger between DIRECTV and AT&T, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These estimates and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. Such estimates and statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of DIRECTV and AT&T and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of our control. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements are the following: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (2) the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated, (3) risks that any of the closing conditions to the proposed merger may not be satisfied in a timely manner, (4) risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed merger, (5) failure to realize the benefits expected from the proposed merger and (6) the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger on the ability of DIRECTV and AT&T to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with their suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally. Discussions of additional risks and uncertainties are contained in DIRECTV’s and AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Neither DIRECTV nor AT&T is under any obligation, and each expressly disclaim any obligation, to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Persons reading this announcement are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof.
DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV provides digital television service to over 20 million customers in the United States and over 18 million customers in Latin America. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two regional sports networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For more information on DIRECTV, visit directv.com.