McClatchy Completes Sale of Star Tribune to Avista Capital Partners
The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) of Sacramento, CA announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced sale of the Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis, MN to Avista Capital Partners for $530 million. In addition, McClatchy expects a future cash tax benefit equal to approximately $160 million related to the sale. The purchase covers the newspaper as well as other publications and websites related to the newspaper.
The McClatchy Company is the third-largest newspaper company in the United States, with 31 daily newspapers and approximately 50 non-dailies. McClatchy owned newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. In addition, McClatchy has a robust network of internet assets, including leading local websites in each of its daily newspaper markets, offering users 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; Real Cities the largest national advertising network of local news websites, including more than 140 newspaper websites; and 15.0% of CareerBuilder, the nation's largest online job site. McClatchy also owns 25.6% of Classified Ventures, a newspaper industry partnership that offers classified websites such as cars.com and apartments.com. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
Statements in this press release regarding any benefits from the transaction, including but not limited to tax benefits, 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 transaction; to realize the benefits from the transaction and to realize future opportunities; and the other factors described in McClatchy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006. McClatchy disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.