Comcast to sell "substantial portion" of stake in A&E
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal business exercised an option to sell "a substantial portion" of its stake in A&E Television Networks to joint-venture partners, a filing from the media company showed.
Comcast, which owns almost 16 percent of A&E, exercised the option on March 26 and expects the deal to close in the second half of 2012, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week.
"The parties are still discussing how much of the stake will be sold," The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet estimated the stake's value at about $2 billion, the newspaper said citing a research report.
A&E, home to channels such as The History Channel and Lifetime, fell into Comcast's hands when it bought NBCUniversal from General Electric last year.
(Reporting By Dhanya Skariachan; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)
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