Miami, United States — May 9, 2022 — PR Newswire

Hemisphere Media Group to be Taken Private by Gato Investments LP, a Portfolio Investment of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.

Hemisphere Stockholders to Receive $7.00 Per Share in Cash

Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. (“Hemisphere” or the “Company”), a leading pure-play U.S. media company targeting the high growth U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets with prominent broadcast, cable television and digital content platforms, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired for $7.00 per share in cash by a subsidiary of Gato Investments LP (“Gato”), a portfolio investment of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight”). The offer price per share of common stock represents a premium of approximately 86% over Hemisphere’s closing share price on May 6, 2022, the last trading day prior to announcement and a premium of approximately 63% over the 30-day volume weighted average share price for the period ended May 6, 2022. Upon completion of the transaction, Hemisphere will become a private company wholly-owned by Gato.

Concurrently with the entry into the definitive agreement with Gato, Hemisphere entered into a separate agreement to sell Pantaya, the leading Spanish language streaming platform in the U.S., to TelevisaUnivision in exchange for cash plus certain Puerto Rican radio assets including WKAQ AM and KQ105 FM currently owned by TelevisaUnivision.  The TelevisaUnivision transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Hemisphere contemplates using the net cash proceeds from the TelevisaUnivision transaction to promptly prepay Hemisphere’s outstanding senior secured term loans.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Gato, which we believe is the right path forward for our organization and delivers immediate value and certainty to stockholders,” said Alan Sokol, Chief Executive Officer of Hemisphere. “We have worked tirelessly to create an extraordinary portfolio of assets, and this transaction is a direct reflection of the quality of our networks, growing audience, and premium news and entertainment outlets. As a private company, and with the support of Gato, we will have the ability to make long-term investments in content and innovation that will best serve Hemisphere’s audiences.”

“We have had a longstanding relationship with Hemisphere and this transaction will provide the Company with enhanced financial flexibility to achieve its goals,” said Eric Zinterhofer, founding partner of Searchlight. “Hemisphere is a leader in delivering news and entertainment to its growing audiences. We will continue to partner with the management team at Hemisphere to bring our communities the unique and important content they desire.”

Commenting on the transaction with TelevisaUnivision, Mr. Sokol added: “Pantaya will flourish under TelevisaUnivision’s ownership. Given the highly competitive video content market environment, the streaming service is best positioned as part of an organization that can provide it with the resources and investment it needs to scale and grow. In addition, Hemisphere’s acquisition of certain TelevisaUnivision Puerto Rican radio stations including WKAQ AM and KQ105 FM will be an ideal complement to WAPA, Puerto Rico’s leading broadcast network. In addition, post transaction closure we will continue to work closely with the TelevisaUnivision Uforia programming team who will leverage its deep music experience to continue to program the KQ105 FM station.”

“The acquisition of Pantaya’s digital assets, including renowned titles like ‘Señorita 89’ and ‘A La Mala’, is an exciting opportunity to build upon our strategic growth plan as we continue to redefine the global streaming landscape,” said TelevisaUnivision President and Chief Transformation Officer Pierluigi Gazzolo. “We look forward to welcoming the Pantaya team, the existing subscribers and having access to the content assets which perfectly complement TelevisaUnivision’s industry-leading library.”