Liberty Global Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Communications Company

Liberty Global has acquired 13 companies, including 5 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 8 assets.

Liberty Global’s largest acquisition to date was in 2015, when it acquired Cable & Wireless Communications for $8.0B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2018, when it sold Liberty Global - Four Businesses to Vodafone Group for $21.4B. Liberty Global has acquired in 7 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include communications (70%) and media (31%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity21
    • M&A Buy Activity13
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 2
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 21
  • M&A Advisors 8

Liberty Global Plc

Griffin House 161, Hammersmith Road,
London, W6 8BS
United Kingdom,
44 20 8483 6449
www.libertyglobal.com

Liberty Global plc is an international telecommunications and television company. It was formed in 2005 by the merger of the international arm of Liberty Media and UGC, and is one of the largest broadband. Liberty Global was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 11 1 - - - 1 13
vol $23.9B $798M $24.7B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 4 - - 3 1 - 8
vol $1.2B $21.4B $6.5B $29.2B
  21

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Liberty Global and Telefonica - UK Joint Venture 2020-05-07 - Joint Venture
, United Kingdom
Liberty Global Plc - UPC Switzerland 2019-02-27 6.5B CHF Divestiture
, Switzerland
Liberty Global - DTH satellite TV operations 2018-12-21 - Divestiture
, Luxembourg
Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico Ltd. 2018-10-17 - Divestiture
Luquillo, Puerto Rico · www.libertypr.com
Liberty Global Plc - Four Businesses 2018-05-09 21.4B EUR Divestiture
London, United Kingdom
Multimedia Polska SA - Cable Business 2016-10-18 798M PLN Divestiture
, Poland
Cable & Wireless Communications PLC 2015-11-16 8.0B USD Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.cwc.com
Puerto Rico Cable Co. (dba Choice Cable TV) 2015-06-03 276M USD Add-on Acquisition
Mercedita, Puerto Rico · www.choicecable.net
Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico Ltd. 2015-06-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Luquillo, Puerto Rico · www.libertypr.com
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 847M GBP Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Cable & Wireless Communications PLC 2015-11-16 IT Outsource Ltd. 2020-07-01 1
London, United Kingdom · www.cwc.com Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands · www.itoutsourceltd.com
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 Betty TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 3
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com London, United Kingdom · www.betty.co.uk
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 Raw TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 2
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com London, United Kingdom · www.raw.co.uk
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 Two Brothers Pictures 2017-02-15 1
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com London, United Kingdom · www.twobrotherspictures.com
UPC Ireland BV    - TV3 2015-07-03 1
Schiphol-Rijk, Netherlands Dublin, Ireland · www.tv3.ie

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Communications 9 (69%) 19.2B (78%) 5 (63%) 28.2B (96%)
Media 4 (31%) 5.5B (22%) 3 (38%) 1.0B (4%)
Total 13 $24.7B 8 $29.2B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
Puerto Rico 3 861M 1 -
United Kingdom 3 8.8B 1 21.4B
Germany 3 11.6B - -
Switzerland 1 2.2B 1 6.5B
Austria 1 107M - -
Belgium - - 1 208M
Czech Republic 1 363M - -
Japan - - 1 -
Luxembourg - - 1 -
Netherlands - - 1 1.0B
Norway - - 1 -
Poland 1 798M - -
Domestic 3 (23%) 8.8B (36%) 1 (13%) 21.4B (73%)
Cross-border 10 (77%) 15.9B (64%) 7 (88%) 7.8B (27%)
Total 13 $24.7B 8 $29.2B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
3
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
3
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
Legal Deals
Shearman & Sterling LLP
2
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
2
Allen & Overy LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 5 $21.8B
$100M to $1B 6 $3.0B
TOTAL $24.7B
Largest Cable & Wireless Communications PLC
$8.0B (2015-11-16)
sell # Total
> $1B 3 $29.0B
$100M to $1B 1 $208M
TOTAL $29.2B
Largest Liberty Global Plc - Four Businesses
$21.4B (2018-05-09)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
63%
5 63%
Strategic(s)
38%
3 38%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
30%
3 30%
Strategic(s)
70%
7 70%

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