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SINCLAIR ANNOUNCES PLANS TO UTILIZE UP TO $100 MILLION SHARE REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION
BALTIMORE (February 14, 2014) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced today that it intends to repurchase, from time to time, up to $100 million of its Class A common shares in the open market.
Commenting on the share repurchase, David Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We strongly believe in the long term outlook of our Company and our business models and disagree with the market’s current discounted view on broadcast. Using a portion of our free cash flow through the share repurchase is an attractive means to capture meaningful returns for our shareholders.”
On a pro forma basis assuming consummation of all announced transactions, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies, will own and operate, program or provide sales services to 166 television stations in 77 markets. Sinclair’s television group will reach approximately 38.7% of U.S. television households and will be affiliated with all major networks. Sinclair owns equity interests in broadcast transmission-related companies and various non-broadcast related companies. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
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