Analyst Note| Michael Hodel, CFA |
CEO John Stankey has wasted no time putting his mark on AT&T and we like the direction he’s headed. AT&T announced plans to spin off WarnerMedia and immediately merge the firm with Discovery to create a new media company. AT&T shareholders will own 71% of the new entity, which will assume $43 billion of AT&T’s debt load. The deal essentially completes the unwinding of former CEO Randall Stephenson’s strategic vision, which we’ve long considered ill-conceived, as reflected in our Poor capital allocation rating.