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Editor: Brian JM Quinn
Boston College Law School

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AOL Spinoff Approved, Set for Dec 9

Our long, national deal-nightmare is over.  AOL amended its Form 10 again, inserting dates into all the agreements.  The record date for the spin off is now set for November 27, 2009.   Here's the letter to Time Warner shareholders:

We are pleased to inform you that on November 16, 2009, the board of directors of Time Warner Inc. approved the spin-off of AOL Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner, which will be converted into a corporation and renamed AOL Inc. prior to the spin-off. Upon completion of the spin-off, Time Warner shareholders will own 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of AOL. We believe that this separation into two independent, publicly-traded companies is in the best interests of both Time Warner and AOL.

The spin-off will be completed by way of a pro rata dividend of AOL shares held by Time Warner to our shareholders of record as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 27, 2009, the spin-off record date. Time Warner shareholders will be entitled to receive one share of AOL common stock for every eleven shares of Time Warner common stock they hold on the record date. The dividend will be issued in book-entry form only, which means that no physical stock certificates will be issued. No fractional shares of AOL common stock will be issued. If you would have been entitled to a fractional share of AOL common stock in the distribution, you will receive the net cash proceeds of such fractional share instead. 

The distribution date for the shareholders of record will be on December 9, 2009 according to the Time Warner press release:

Shares of Time Warner common stock will continue to trade "regular way" on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") under the symbol "TWX" through the distribution date of December 9, 2009, and thereafter. Any holders of shares of Time Warner common stock who sell Time Warner shares regular way on or before December 9, 2009, will also be selling their right to receive shares of AOL common stock. Investors are encouraged to consult with their financial advisers regarding the specific implications of buying or selling Time Warner common stock on or before the distribution date.

AOL common stock will begin trading on a "when-issued" basis on the NYSE under the symbol "AOL WI" beginning on November 24, 2009. On December 10, 2009, when-issued trading of AOL common stock will end and "regular-way" trading under the symbol "AOL" will begin. The CUSIP number for the AOL common stock will be 00184X 105 when regular-way trading begins.



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