McClatchy Declares Third Quarter 2006 Dividend
The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 18 cents per share. The third quarter dividend is payable October 2, 2006 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 13, 2006.
About The McClatchy Company
On June 27, 2006, The McClatchy Company acquired Knight-Ridder, Inc. At the time, Knight Ridder published 32 daily newspapers in 29 U.S. markets, with a circulation of 3.4 million daily and 4.5 million Sunday, along with a variety of investments in internet and technology companies.
As part of that announcement, McClatchy said it planned to sell 11 of the acquired newspapers that do not fit with the company's longstanding acquisition criteria, and to sell the St. Paul Pioneer Press due to anticipated antitrust concerns involving McClatchy's Minneapolis Star Tribune. On June 27, 2006, McClatchy completed the sales of the Duluth (MN) News Tribune; the Grand Forks (ND) Herald; the Aberdeen (SD) American News; and the Ft. Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel and a 75% interest in the Fort Wayne Joint Operating Agency. On June 29, 2006 the company completed the sale of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, both daily newspapers, and related media assets including philly.com.
Upon completion of the remaining divestitures, McClatchy will operate 32 daily newspapers and approximately 50 non-dailies. Papers added through this transaction include the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Charlotte Observer. They will join McClatchy's 12 papers, including the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune; The Sacramento Bee; and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. In addition, McClatchy combined with Knight Ridder has an expanded network of valuable internet assets, including leading local websites in each of its daily newspaper markets, offering readers information, comprehensive news, advertising, e-commerce and other services. The company also owns and operates McClatchy Interactive, an interactive operation that provides websites with content, publishing tools and software development and Real Cities (http://www.RealCities.com), the largest national network of city and regional web sites, operating in more than 110 U.S. markets. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (MNI).
SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements in this press release regarding the transactions between McClatchy and each of MediaNews, Hearst, Sound Publishing Holdings, Inc. (Akron newspaper to be sold), and The Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company Inc. (Wilkes-Barre paper to be sold), the expected timetable for completing the remaining transactions, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transactions, future opportunities for the company and any other statements about management's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," estimates and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the remaining transactions, the ability of McClatchy to successfully integrate Knight Ridder's operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; and the other factors described in McClatchy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2005 and the final Prospectus/Proxy Statement/Information Statement contained in McClatchy's Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Registration No. 333-133321). McClatchy disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.