SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN ISSUER
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of March 2006
Matav Cable Systems Media Ltd.
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
42 Pinkas Street
North Industrial Park
P.O. Box 13600
(Address of principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|22 March 2006||Matav Cable Systems Media Ltd.
BY: /S/ Meir Srebernik
Chief Executive Officer
Print the name and title of the signing officer under his signature
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NETANYA, Israel March 22, 2006 Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: MATV) announced today, further to reports published in Israel, that Barak I.T.C. (1995) Ltd., a minority owned indirect subsidiary of Matav, is conducting negotiations with Sky, a private equity fund, and Clal Industries and Investments Ltd., an Israeli company whose shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (Clal), regarding a $35 million investment in Barak, one of the three international telephony providers in Israel.
Matav currently holds 18.5% of Barak, and the remainder of Baraks shares are held by Clal and an affiliate of Clal. The following are the key principles of the proposed investment:
|||A total investment of $35 million in Barak, based on a pre-money valuation to Barak of $32 million;|
|||Out of the $35 million investment, $20 million will be invested through convertible debentures ($10 million by each of Sky and Clal) and $15 million in equity ($10 million by Sky and $5 million by Clal);|
|||The parties are examining a potential merger between Barak and an affiliate of Clal, Netvision Ltd., a company engaged in Internet and telephony services, whose shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. If the merger will not occur within 3 years of closing the investment, Sky will have a put option to sell its securities in Barak to Clal whereas Clal will have a call option to purchase such securities;|
|||The debentures will have a 5 year maturity, bearing an interest at the annual rate of 5.5%, and convertible into Barak shares at a conversion price based on a pre-money valuation to Barak of $47 million, with mandatory conversion upon certain events, including upon consummation of the said merger between Barak and Netvision; and|
|||Clal and Sky will assist Barak in raising an additional $30 million for purposes of redeeming approximately $65 million of Baraks currently outstanding notes.|
Matav and the affiliate of Clal have a right to participate in the investment based on their proportionate holdings in Barak. At this time, Matav is reviewing the proposed transaction and has not determined whether it will exercise such right.
IMPORTANT: There is no assurance if and when the said investment (including the potential merger of Barak with Netvision) will be consummated and on what terms. The parties to the said transaction are only in the stage of negotiations, none of the transaction documents have been signed as of yet, and, in any event, the transaction is subject to the conclusion of the negotiations, the execution of the transaction documents, and other customary approvals.
Matav is one of Israels three cable television providers, serving roughly 25 percent of the Israeli cable subscriber market. Matavs current investments include 1.2% of Partner Communications Ltd., a GSM mobile phone company and 18.5% of Barak I.T.C. (1995) Ltd., one of the three international telephony providers in Israel.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements that are based on various assumptions (some of which are beyond Matavs control) may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as may, can be, will, expects, anticipates, intends, believes, projects, potential, are optimistic, view and similar words and phrases. Actual results could differ materially from those set forth in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to (1) changes in technology and market requirements, (2) decline in demand for the companys products, (3) inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, (4) loss of market share and pressure on pricing resulting from competition, (5) uncertainty as to the completion of acquisition of new businesses or operations and integration thereof with Matavs business, and (6) the other risk factors detailed in Matavs most recent annual report and other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Matav undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
|Ori Gur Arieh, General Counsel|
|Matav-Cable Systems Media Ltd.|
|Integrated Investor Relations|