Bridge Technology Group LLC Announces Investment Opinion on ACTV.
Bridge Technology Group LLC Reiterates Buy On ACTV
Following Increased Investment by Liberty Media Group
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Bridge Technology Group LLC today published comments on ACTV's (Nasdaq:IATV) announcement that Liberty Media Group (NYSE:LMGa and LMGb) had increased its investment in ACTV and received options to purchase additional shares in ACTV over the next five years. The full text of this report can be accessed at Bridge's web site, at www.BridgeNYC.com.
Excerpts from the Bridge report follow:
ACTV and Liberty Media Group (NYSE:LMGa and LMGb) announced yesterday that the parties had reached an agreement whereby Liberty will invest an additional $9 million in ACTV (through the exercise of previously existing options and the purchase of new shares), and Liberty will receive options to purchase additional interests in ACTV over the next one-to-five years. If fully exercised, these investments will total more than $100 million and Liberty could end up owning approximately 25% of ACTV. We believe this expanded investment reflects Liberty's commitment to the commercialization of the HyperTV and Individualized Television technologies, and ensures that ACTV's patented interactive applications will be integrated into the vast operations in which Liberty has an ownership interest. We reiterate our BUY recommendation.
As part of this transaction, Liberty Media receives a series of options that allows them to make additional equity investments over the next five years. Exercise of the options over the next 24 months would result in investments of approximately $50 million. Liberty must exercise each option sequentially, or the remaining options expire.
Positive aspects of the new ACTV/Liberty Media Partnership
-- Gives ACTV Strong Financing Plan: This agreement, together with
the calling of outstanding warrants, has resulted in an inflow of
approximately $18 million to ACTV this month. This will enable
ACTV to accelerate the build-out of the HyperTV network, as well
as invest in additional Individualized Television regional
programming facilities (similar to the ACTV facilities in the FOX
Sports SouthWest region). The series of options greatly enhances
ACTV's financing flexibility.
-- Liberty Media - Follow the "Smart Money": With the possibility of
becoming a 25% ACTV owner, we believe Liberty Media evolves from
simply a minority investor to a "real" partner, with a strong
incentive to maximize ACTV shareholder value. We view this
agreement as validation of ACTV's technology and strategy and
reflective of Liberty's confidence in the ACTV management and
technical teams. Liberty Media has a very well established track
record for investing in winners, and growing shareholder value;
invest alongside the "smart money."
-- Liberty Digital - Raises ACTV's Internet Profile: Investors
should note that Liberty's holdings in ACTV securities are
contemplated to be included in Liberty Media's proposed exchange
of assets with TCI Music Inc. (Nasdaq:TUNE). As part of this
asset swap, Liberty Media intends to contribute all of its
directly owned Internet and interactive television assets to TUNE
in exchange for an expanded interest in TUNE, which would be
renamed Liberty Digital, Inc. In addition to the ACTV interests,
Liberty Media will contribute its interests in priceline.com
(Nasdaq:PCLN), iVillage (Nasdaq:IVIL), Sportlines USA and
drugstore.com. This should give ACTV tremendous visibility and
marketing opportunities among leading Internet companies..
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