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August 5, 2014
06:43 EDTGCI, AHC, MNIA.H. Belo and McClatchy to sell its units in CV to Gannet
A. H. Belo (AHC) and McClatchy (MNI) announced that it, along with its partners in Classified Ventures, or CV, entered into a definitive agreement to sell its units in Classified Ventures, or CV, to Gannett (GCI) for a price that values CV at $2.5B. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2014, subject to regulatory review. Upon the close of the transaction, A. H. Belo will enter into a new, five-year affiliate agreement with CV that will allow The Dallas Morning News to continue to resell Cars.com products and services exclusively in its local market. CV, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, is a joint venture among A. H. Belo, The McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media Company, Graham Holdings Company and Gannett. A. H. Belo owns 3.3% of CV and estimates its pre-tax, cash proceeds net of selling costs and funds held in escrow will be approximately $78M. The funds held in escrow of approximately $3M are expected to be released twelve months after the closing date of the transaction.
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January 22, 2015
12:40 EDTGCIIcahn says Gannett spun-off company could be 'aggressively sought'
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09:16 EDTGCIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTGCIGannett: Shareholder interest will remain company's priority
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08:43 EDTGCIGannett says will evaluate Icahn's submission of precatory proposals
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08:43 EDTGCIGannett responds to Icahn actions
Gannett Co. responded to an amended Form 13D filing by Carl Icahn and affiliates, who own approximately 6.6% of Gannett, disclosing nomination of two candidates for election to Gannett’s Board of Directors at Gannett’s 2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Icahn also disclosed submission of precatory proposals that would require certain corporate governance provisions at Gannett and at the new publishing company that will be formed upon completion of Gannett’s planned separation later this year. Gannett’s Board of Directors will evaluate the submission and make a recommendation to Gannett shareholders in due course. Marge Magner, non-executive chairman of Gannett’s Board, said, “We are surprised by Mr. Icahn’s aggressive actions, including his threat to run a proxy contest to force wholesale changes in Gannett’s corporate governance and dictate the corporate governance of a company whose governance profile has yet to be determined. His overreaching campaign to advance his own agenda will not deter the Board of Gannett from continuing to serve the interests of all of our shareholders. In addition to performing well, Gannett has a strong track record of shareholder engagement and sound corporate governance. As we execute on the separation of our publishing business this year, shareholder interests will remain our priority.” Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer of Gannett, said, “Gannett is a shareholder-focused company that has consistently delivered strong returns for our owners. Since the launch of our strategic transformation plan three years ago, we have achieved significant revenue growth and margin expansion. During that same period, we have made attractive acquisitions to execute on our announced strategy, our stock price has more than doubled and total shareholder return has exceeded 265%, outpacing the S&P 500 and our peers by a wide margin.” Martore continued, “Our strong and independent Board has been a driving force behind our strategic transformation and our previously announced plan to separate into two publicly traded companies – a plan Mr. Icahn publicly supported following our announcement last summer and continues to support now.”
08:42 EDTGCIGannett says 'surprised' by Icahn's 'agressive' actions
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08:38 EDTGCIIcahn to nominate two to Gannett board, asks for no poison pill
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08:00 EDTGCIIcahn nominates two to Gannett board, CNBC's Faber reports
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January 15, 2015
13:56 EDTMNIRoyce & Associates reports 6.47% passive stake in McClatchy
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