Univision To Offer IPO, Cites Increased Revs

The biggest Spanish-language TV broadcaster in the U.S. is preparing to make its stock market debut. Univision filed a plan for its initial public offering with the Security and Exchange Commission, including financial disclosures detailing the company’s recent performance.

According to the SEC filing Univision stated that it plans to raise at least $100 million, although this number will probably rise. Previous reports suggested the IPO might raise a sum over $1 billion.

The offering would only involve a small fraction of the company’s equity, valuing it at as much as $20 billion, when debt is included. Most of the company’s equity will remain in the hands of its current owners, a consortium of private equity companies including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners.



In the filing, Univision disclosed that total revenues increased 11.5% from $2.6 billion in 2013 to $2.9 billion in 2014. Turning to specific businesses, Univision’s Fusion cable channel, co-owned with Disney, saw revenues increase from $3 million in 2013 to $28.1 million in 2014.

El Rey Network, created by director Robert Rodriguez, had revenues of $44.9 million in 2014, but posted a loss of $72.3 million. Univision owns one-fifth of El Rey. Both Fusion and El Rey target Hispanic millennials with English-language content.

Univision also updated potential investors on the outlook for its legal battle with Donald Trump. He is suing the company for $500 million for breach of contract after it abruptly ended its association with the real-estate mogul, citing his recent controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. Univision expressed confidence it will prevail in court, dismissing the lawsuit as “legally ridiculous.”

In June, Univision ended its relationship with the Miss Universe Organization because of remarks made by Donald Trump’s about Mexican Americans. Trump is a part-owner of the Miss Universe Organization.

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  1. Leonard Zachary from T___n__, July 6, 2015 at 1:26 p.m.

    Skipping this IPO.

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