TV5, ABS-CBN announce landmark deal 

Published August 11, 2022, 12:01 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

HISTORIC AGREEMENT: Mediaquest and ABS-CBN officially announce their partnership to strengthen its free to air network. Present are (L-R) Smart & PLDT President & CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio, Mediaquest Holdings President & CEO Jane J. Basas, Mediaquest Holdings Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, ABS-CBN Chairman Mark L. Lopez, ABS-CBN President & CEO Carlo L. Katigbak, and ABS-CBN Chief Partnership Officer Bobby V. Barreiro

ABS-CBN Corporation (“ABS-CBN”) and TV5 Network, Inc. (“TV5”), announced today, Aug. 11, the execution of an Investment Agreement that will allow ABS-CBN to acquire 6,459,393 primary (new) common shares in TV5 representing 34.99 percent of the total voting and outstanding capital stock of TV5 for an aggregate subscription price of P2.16Bn.  

After the consummation of this subscription, the MediaQuest group’s  equity in TV5 will be reduced to 64.79 percent of the voting and outstanding  capital stock and the MediaQuest group will remain to be the controlling  shareholder of TV5. 

Simultaneously with the execution of the Investment Agreement, the parties will execute a Convertible Note Agreement pursuant to which ABS CBN to invest in a Convertible Note with a face value of Php1.84Bn to be issued by TV5 (the “Convertible Note”). The Convertible Note will allow ABS-CBN, subject to obtaining applicable regulatory approvals, to acquire additional primary common shares of TV5 after 8 years from the issuance of the Convertible Note, and thereby increase its equity in TV5 to no more than 49.92 percent of the outstanding capital stock of TV5. 

The proceeds of the subscription in the primary common shares and the  Convertible Note in the total amount of Php4Bn will fund the capital expenditures and operating expenses of TV5 in pursuing the enhancements of its content and programming and public service  offerings.

This transaction is clearly transformational for both companies and is  envisaged to significantly enhance significantly TV5’s capability to deliver content and coverage to the Filipino public in the areas of entertainment,  news, sports and public services. This is also consistent with the national  policy of expanding the private sector’s role of supporting efficient and  reliable public services, which TV5 is expected to provide through its  nationwide network to provide increased nationwide coverage, especially  in remote areas. 

The transaction is expected to be completed within August 2022, and  closing is subject to fulfillment of certain closing conditions. 

Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of Mediaquest Holdings said: “We  welcome the entry and investment of ABS-CBN in TV5, as ABS-CBN has always been the leading developer and provider of Filipino-related  entertainment content not only in the Philippines but overseas as well. Our companies have always had these cherished values of providing top and  quality programs in the service of the Filipino people and together we believe we can achieve this in greater measure and success”.  

Mark Lopez, Chairman ABS CBN said: “We are excited with this partnership as we see the opportunity to help TV5 grow and strengthen its free to air network. For ABS, it presents a fantastic platform for us to achieve synergies in production content and talent management as well as maximizing our content delivery. We look forward to be of greater service to the public as we come together in taking TV5 to the next level.” 

Carlo Katigbak, President and CEO of ABS-CBN added: “This partnership  is consistent with the strategic intention of ABS-CBN to evolve into a  storytelling company whose goal is to reach as wide an audience as  possible. In partnership with TV5, we look forward to reaching viewers both on owned platforms and through other broadcast partners, thereby  enriching the Philippine creative industry. We hope the industry evolves  from being highly competitive to increasingly collaborative, which benefits  all stakeholders in the long run.” 

The landmark deal comes after activities between the two groups have increased with more Kapamilya programs onboarded on TV5’s Kapatid  Network.

AlphaPrimus Advisors and Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advised the MediaQuest group on this transaction while the law firms of Romulo  Mabanta and Quiason Makalintal advised ABS-CBN.

 
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