Altice Makes History: Enters U.S. Cable TV Market

For the first time ever, a significant European telecom company is getting into the U.S. cable TV business.  

Altice is buying Suddenlink Communications, the fifth-largest U.S. cable TV company, ranked by subscribers, for $9.1 billion deal. Some believe the move is preparatory to a bid for Time Warner Cable as well.

Suddenlink operates in Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona. Its sales grew six percent in 2014 to $2.3 billion and operating profit grew at a similar pace to reach $905 million.

Altice is expected to emphasize aggressive cost cuts and profit margin, rather than growth.

Altice owns French cable company Numericable, the second-biggest supplier, and also is the second-biggest mobile service provider in France.
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