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Gannett Raises Tribune Offer to About $864 Million

Gannett Raises Tribune Offer to About $864 Million
(AP)

Monday, 16 May 2016 07:34 AM


Gannett Co. Inc., the publisher of USA Today, raised its all-cash offer to buy Tribune Publishing Co. to $15 per share from $12.25, valuing the publisher of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times at about $864 million.

Tribune's shares were trading at $14.05 before the opening bell on Monday, well below the offer price. The latest offer is a premium of 31 percent to Tribune's Friday close.

Tribune's board adopted a shareholder rights plan — popularly known as a "poison pill" — earlier this month in an attempt to thwart Gannett's unsolicited takeover offer.

Gannett said the latest bid follows an analysis of Tribune's debt and pension liabilities, which were reported earlier this month.

"In addition, after further review, Gannett has greater confidence in its ability to yield additional operational improvements in this transaction," Gannett said in a statement.

The offer comes amid declining circulation, rising costs and falling advertising sales in the newspaper industry that have pushed publishers to consolidate and find new areas of growth.

Gannett shares were little changed in premarket trading.

Meanwhile, Oaktree Capital Management urged Tribune to negotiate a merger with Gannett after it declined a purchase offer by Gannett, Barron's reported, citing 13D filings from May 5-11.

Oaktree holds 14.8 percent of Tribune's shares, making it the third-biggest shareholder.

Oaktree also stated that "in the event one or more other parties express an interest in acquiring [Tribune]," it should be open to discussions with the parties.

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