It’s buying the NBC affiliate from Granite Broadcasting and will run it under a TBA while awaiting FCC approval. Nexstar already owns the market’s CBS affiliate, KGPE.
Nexstar Buying KSEE Fresno for $26.5M
Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. announced Wednesday that it is buying NBC affiliate KSEE Fresno, Calif. (DMA 55), from Granite Broadcasting Corp. for $26.5 million in a transaction that is expected to be immediately accretive to Nexstar.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nexstar acquired all of KSEE’s non-FCC license assets from Granite for $20 million and will file a license transfer application with the FCC. Upon FCC approval of the license transfer, Nexstar will pay Granite the remaining $6.5 million of the purchase price.
Nexstar has entered into a time brokerage agreement with Granite whereby it will operate KSEE immediately, while awaiting FCC approval for the closing of the transaction.
Commenting on the agreement, Nexstar Broadcasting Group President-CEO Perry A. Sook said: “With our agreement last November to acquire KGPE-TV, the CBS affiliate serving the Fresno, Calif., market, we are delighted to announce the acquisition of the market’s NBC affiliate, KSEE. KSEE squarely meets our acquisition criteria as it further expands our revenue, scale and operating base, creates another duopoly market for Nexstar and is financially accretive.”
The proposed transaction will result in Nexstar operating one station and/or providing sales and other services to another station in 26 of the 41 markets where it operates (which assumes the completion of the acquisitions of five stations from Newport Television and Smith Broadcasting, both of which were announced in November 2012). In addition, it will expand to 72 the number of stations and related digital signals that Nexstar either owns or provides sales and other services.
Sook added: “Consistent with Nexstar’s other recently announced acquisitions, the purchase price for KSEE is approximately five times the station’s average 2012-2013 pro-forma cash flow. Under Nexstar’s ownership, the station will realize additional retransmission revenues as well as synergistic operating improvements, and as a result, on a pro-forma basis the acquisition will be immediately accretive to results.”
Nexstar intends to finance the station acquisition with existing cash on hand. The license acquisition portion of the transaction is subject to FCC approval and other customary approvals and is expected to close mid-year 2013.
“Granite has owned KSEE since 1993 and we have greatly valued the opportunity to serve the communities of California’s Central Valley,” said Peter Markham, CEO of Granite. “Fortunately, this transaction maximizes value at Granite and will pass on this great asset and a dedicated group of talented employees to a new owner also committed to broadcast excellence.”