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Ascent Media Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of media production company Ascent Media (Nasdaq: ASCMA  ) jumped 10% in pre-market trading today, then followed through with a 12.4% gain during regular trading hours.

So what: This pop mirrors the one Ascent Media enjoyed on Nov. 24, and for good reason: They're two sides of the same coin. Last week, the company sold two divisions to Deluxe Entertainment Services, and this time, another unit found a buyer in Encompass Digital Media.

Now what: There's only one division left to sell before Ascent Chairman John Malone's exit strategy for the former Liberty Media Interactive (Nasdaq: LINTA  ) subsidiary is complete. Ascent will have about $460 million of debt-free cash on hand once both of the recent transactions close, which isn't too shabby for a company valued at $485 million. That small spread does seem to indicate that the remaining media distribution assets don't carry much value, though.

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Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.

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