AT&T has finally agreed on a purchase price for Time Warner.  The telecom corporation will buy the media conglomerate for $85.4 billion.

To help pay for the acquisition, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will contribute $25 billion with Bank of America Corp. providing $15 billion for a bridge loan “to finance part of the cash portion of the deal.”  

AT&T has been looking for a strategic partner to help attract and keep consumers.  With media outlets such as Netflix offering original online programming at cheaper prices, AT&T needed a partner to help bridge the gap.  Time Warner, which owns CNN, HBO and has a 10% stake in Hulu, LLc was a natural choice. 

The biggest issue will be the FCC who recently rejected a telecom merger between AT&T and competitor T-Mobile.

In 2015, AT&T posted a revenue of $146.8 billion employing 281,000 workers.  Time Warner, with almost 25,000 employees, reported revenue of $28.1 billion.

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