French Telecom Altice Shows No Sign Of Retreat In TWC Purchase

It's nice to feel wanted, isn't it? Time Warner Cable knows the feeling. The cable company has been courted by numerous bidders in recent months, and though a $45 billion merger with Comcast ultimately fell apart due to regulatory concerns, it would be surprising if a deal didn't happen. In addition to Charter and Cablevision showing interest, we can now add Altice SA to what seems like a growing list of suitors.

According to Reuters, the French telecommunications group has been in talks to buy TWC and is also close to acquiring Suddenlink. Altice SA wants desperately to move into the U.S. cable market, and buying out existing players would be the quickest way to do that. It's also an expensive game plan, though that doesn't seem to bother Patrick Drahi, the French billionaire who has a controlling stake in Altice SA.

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Ever since taking Altice public a year and a half ago, Drahi has been on a buying spree. However, when it comes to acquiring TWC, he's facing competition from at least two other suitors in Charter and Cablevision. 

Charter in particular seems to be highly motivated -- the company tried to woo TWC in January of last year, but its bid of $132.50 per share in cash and stock was rejected. It then tried a hostile takeover by taking its bid directly to shareholders; that's when Comcast swooped in with a $45.2 billion offer that was accepted.