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AT&T is spinning off three of its video services, including its satellite TV brand DirecTV, to create a new standalone video company called New DIRECTV.

Details: The company will be jointly owned by AT&T and private-equity giant TPG. AT&T will retain a 70% stake and TPG will own 30% of the firm.

  • The new company will also include AT&T's digital skinny bundle service "AT&T TV" and its internet-based TV service "U-Verse."
  • The business will be operated as a standalone and is expected to be removed from AT&T’s corporate financial statements, according to a statement announcing the deal.
  • New DIRECTV will be jointly governed by a board of five people. Two board members will be representatives from AT&T and two from TPG. A fifth seat will go to the CEO of the new company, which at closing will be Bill Morrow, CEO of AT&T’s U.S. video unit.

Why it matters: Activist investors have pressured AT&T to sell DirecTV, which the company bought for $49 billion in 2014. The satellite TV business has been in secular decline for years as viewers switch to streaming.

By the numbers: The deal will value the three units combined at an implied enterprise value of $16.25 billion, about 1/3 of what AT&T bought DirecTV for 7 years ago.

  • Upon close of the transaction, AT&T will receive around $7.8 billion in cash to pay down debt. Nearly $6 billion of that will come from money that the new company will borrow from banks and pay AT&T back.
  • TPG will pay $1.8 billion in cash for its 30% stake.

Be smart: AT&T has been selling smaller assets for months in an effort to offload debt from its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner in 2018. AT&T said in a statement that it will use the proceeds from the DirecTV transaction to pay down its debt.

Go deeper: AT&T signals ceasefire with activist investor

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45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

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Australian PM pledges $700M for climate change-threatened Great Barrier reef

A green sea turtle is flourishing among the corals at Lady Elliot island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday a AU$1 billion ($703 million) investment plan for the Great Barrier Reef.

Why it matters: The nine-year plan for projects including water quality improvement, reef conservation and supporting some 64,000 tourism jobs comes months ahead of this year's federal election. It has been criticized by scientists and environmental groups for failing to tackle climate change.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.