Billionaire Paul Allen may try to buy or recapitalize Charter Communications Inc., the cable television company he controls.
Allen, 54, a co-founder of Microsoft Corp., is also considering steps to reduce St. Louis-based Charter's debt, as well as buying additional shares, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.
Allen controls Charter through ownership of Class B shares that have more voting rights than the common shares.
"He's continuing to look for all options," said Matthew Dundon, an analyst with Miller Tabak Roberts Securities, a research firm specializing in high-yield debt. "This is a deeply leveraged company that burns cash. He may feel this is the time for him to get involved."
Shares of Charter fell 9 cents , to $2.57, giving the company a market value of $1.03 billion. They have declined 16% this year.
Charter also announced a shareholder rights plan that limits the ability of shareholders to own more than 5% of the Class A stock without the board's approval. Allen owns 28.4 million Class A common shares of Charter, or 7.1% of the total, according to Bloomberg data.