ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) announced today that it executed an agreement with DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) to exchange its EchoStar Technologies businesses for the Hughes Retail Group (HRG) tracking stock.
The HRG tracking stock was issued to subsidiaries of DISH in March 2014. It represents an 80% interest of the economic performance of the consumer retail satellite broadband business of EchoStar's Hughes segment. The Hughes satellite broadband business is the largest in the North America, and the recent launch of the EchoStar19 satellite will provide additional capacity for growth starting in the 2nd quarter of 2017.
The EchoStar Technologies businesses consist of the business segment of EchoStar that designs, develops and distributes digital set-top boxes, provides satellite uplinking and broadcast services and develops and supports streaming video technology, with DISH being the largest customer of these services. The transaction will include certain other EchoStar investments in joint ventures, spectrum licenses and certain real estate properties.
The transaction will take the form of an exchange by EchoStar of two companies that will own the EchoStar Technologies businesses and other assets to be transferred for the HRG tracking stock, and is structured in a manner to be a tax-free exchange. It is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017, subject to customary conditions. Following the closing, the HRG tracking stock will be retired.
"I am delighted that we have been able to sign this transaction" said Mike Dugan, President and CEO of EchoStar. "It will result in EchoStar owning 100% of the economics of the growing HRG business and divesting the less strategic set-top box business. It will focus EchoStar's mission on its core satellite and broadband services and eliminate the complexity associated with the tracking stock. The clearer business focus and simplified ownership structure will provide an improved platform to pursue strategic opportunities."
EchoStar will host a conference call to discuss the transaction on February 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in information for the call is 1-877-815-1625 (U.S.), 1-716-247-5178 (international), conference Id 64143820. A presentation is currently available for download and viewing during the call on EchoStar's website at http://sats.client.shareholder.com/events.cfm.
EchoStar also is furnishing certain information for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies and Hughes Network Systems business segments.
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