Monday, October 8, 2018
Tribune Publishing, McClatchy ThisClose On Merger
The NY Post reports a source as saying the parties are “trying to fast-track it” now that billionaire LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong is offering to sweeten a pending deal by kicking up to $150 million in cash into the pot.
That comes in addition to Soon-Shiong rolling his 25 percent stock holding in Tribune Publishing into the proposed new company. The other 75 percent of shares of Tribune — whose holdings include the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and the NY Daily News — will have to be bought out. Most are expecting that tab will eventually come to around $500 million.
Soon-Shiong is trying to put together a buyout deal in conjunction with the McClatchy family — which controls the publisher of the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and 27 other daily papers — and Chatham Asset Management, which has agreed to swap its $300 million in McClatchy loans for equity in a combined company.
Posted 2:13:00 AM