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DirecTV to stand on its own in August

July 27, 2021

By Chris Forrester

AT&T is expected to close the spin-off of its DirecTV and other pay-TV operations in early August.

The new division will be part-owned (30 per cent) by TPG (the former Texas Pacific Group) while AT&T holds onto 70 per cent.

AT&T CFO Pascal Desroches told equity analysts during the wireless company’s Q2/2021 earnings call that the spin-off process had gone better and faster than expected, and that it was “not a complicated transaction”.

AT&T will receive between $1.75-$2 billion in cash from TPG as part of an overall $45 billion in cash coming from other segment sell-offs including the WarnerMedia and Discovery portions.

Last week, AT&T announced the sale of the Latin American (Vrio) operations.

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