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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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U.S. women's soccer team beats Netherlands, moves on to Olympic semifinals

Members of the U.S. women's soccer team celebrate after beating the Netherlands. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team beat the Netherlands in a penalty kick shootout on Friday, propelling them to the semifinals of the Olympic Games.

Why it matters: The win brings the U.S. team one step closer to its quest for a historic back-to-back double — winning the Olympics after emerging victorious at the Women's World Cup. The U.S. will play Canada in the semifinals next week.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
34 mins ago - World

SEC clamps down on Chinese IPOs

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese companies will be unable to go public in the U.S. unless they make new risk disclosures, according to a statement released Friday morning from SEC chair Gary Gensler.

Why it matters: Chinese companies, and tech startups in particular, are already under growing pressure from their own government. Now they're also getting squeezed by U.S. officials.

56 mins ago - Sports

U.S. swimmer Ryan Murphy causes stir with doping comments

Bronze medallist Britain's Luke Greenbank, gold medallist Russia's Evgeny Rylov and silver medallist USA's Ryan Murphy pose with their medals after the final of the men's 200m backstroke. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand /AFP via Getty Images

U.S. swimmer Ryan Murphy raised questions about the presence of doping in swimming following a second-place finish in the men's 200-meter backstroke on Thursday.

Driving the news: Murphy, who won gold in the 200-meter backstroke race in Rio, said following his race: "At the end of the day, I do believe there’s doping in swimming. That is what it is."