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The CW Network

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Founded Year

2006

Stage

Corporate Majority | Acquired

About The CW Network

The CW Network is a commercial broadcast television network that provides access to English series and movies via television and streaming service. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Burbank, California. In August 2022, Nexstar Media Group acquired a majority stake in The CW Network. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquarters Location

3300 W Olive Avenue 300

Burbank, California, 91505,

United States

(818) 977-2500

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Latest The CW Network News

Nexstar Media Group slips as Wells Fargo downgrades on worries over free cash flow

Nov 9, 2022

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST ) share slipped on Wednesday after Wells Fargo downgraded the media company, noting concerns about free cash flow in 2023 as continued cord cutting and higher interest payments may weigh down its financial position. Analyst Steven Cahall lowered his rating on Nexstar Media Group ( NXST ) to equal weight from overweight, noting that along with cord cutting, higher interest payments, along with the company's recent acquisition of the CW Network could keep shares "range bound" from $155 to $175 for a while. "While [free cash flow] could go a few ways, our bias is to the downside given the magnitude of increasing cash interest, accelerating cord cutting and the potential for ads to slow further," Cahall wrot ein a note to clients. "FCF guidance could be maintained if NXST's operational excellence offsets the exogenous headwinds. We can see the threats clearly, whereas the opportunities are less obvious." Nexstar Media Group ( NXST ) shares fell 1.3% to $165.23 on Wednesday, a day after the company reported mixed third-quarter results compared to Wall Street expectations. Looking ahead, Nexstar Media Group ( NXST ) said its guidance for retransmission fees in 2023 would be in the "mid-teens" and that net revenue from virtual multichannel video programming distributors, or vMVPDs, is similar to multichannel video programming distributors, and would not be a "headwind" to free cash flow. But Cahall thinks that the outlook for the industry, particularly as it relates to churn, is worse than thought. "...We think broadcast industry sub churn has been coming in at -5% y/y and that's what's baked into guidance ranges, whereas we think the latest Q3 trends indicate it's heading to more like -7%," Cahall added, noting it's likely that retrans guidance moves to +12-13%, down from mid-teens. Separately, the acquisition of The CW Network is likely to drag on free cash flow by roughly $100M for the next two years, Cahall added. Analysts are universally incredibly positive on Nexstar Media Group ( NXST ). It has a BUY rating from Seeking Alpha authors , while Wall Street analysts rate it a STRONG BUY . Seeking Alpha's quant system, which consistently beats the market, also rates NXST a BUY . Recommended For You

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The CW Network Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was The CW Network founded?

    The CW Network was founded in 2006.

  • Where is The CW Network's headquarters?

    The CW Network's headquarters is located at 3300 W Olive Avenue 300, Burbank.

  • What is The CW Network's latest funding round?

    The CW Network's latest funding round is Corporate Majority.

  • Who are the investors of The CW Network?

    Investors of The CW Network include Nexstar Media Group, CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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