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Network 18 sells Yellow Pages, ASK Me to GETIT Infoservices

Divestiture to profitably monetise non-core assets for benefit of shareholders, says MD

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Network 18 Media and Investments Ltd today said it has entered into an agreement with GETIT Infoservices to divest stake in local search businesses -- Yellow Pages and ASK Me for an undisclosed amount.

Network18 Group has entered into an agreement to profitably divest its local search businesses -- Infomedia Yellow Pages and AskMe, it said in a filing to the BSE.

"The divestiture of Infomedia Yellow Pages and ASK Me is a reflection of our commitment to profitably monetise non-core assets for the benefit of our shareholders and to also facilitate the growth of these businesses to the next level," Network18 Managing Director Raghav Bahl said.

GETIT Infoservices is a digital marketing company offering a platform for local search, classifieds and deals.

Following the announcement, shares of Network18 Media and Investments were trading at Rs 32.25 apiece, up marginally from their previous close on BSE.

"The combined operations of GETIT will be referred to as Getit Infomedia and will be wholly owned by shareholders of Getit," it said.

In December last year, Network 18 sold its entire stake in financial data and terminal business NewsWire 18 to private equity firm Samara Capital for Rs 90 crore.

Previously, Network18 had also sold its stake in one of the Capital 18 investee companies, NetworkPlay and partially diluted its stake in digital commerce firm —

ASK Me allows people to search for companies, products and services online as well as on phone, while Infomedia Yellow Pages is an online local search service that helps buyers find businesses.

Network 18 Media and Investments posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 6.84 crore for October-December 2012 period, after many quarters of losses.

Its consolidated revenues for the said quarter stood at Rs 697.4 crore. Of this, television and motion pictures business accounted for Rs 542 crore, while digital content and eCommerce and allied businesses contributed Rs 119.6 crore and Rs 80.7 crore, respectively.

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First Published: Thu, February 28 2013. 11:29 IST