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LA Times and other newspapers sold for $500 mn to billionaire investor

Soon-Shiong, a major shareholder in Tronc and chief executive of NantHealth Inc, will buy the publications

Reuters 

Tronc Inc said on Wednesday it would sell the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some other newspapers to billionaire investor Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million in cash. Shares of Tronc rose more than 40 percent to $25.72 in premarket trading. Tronc expects to use the cash proceeds from the deal to boost its digital businesses by increasing investments and acquisitions. "This transaction allows us to fully repay our outstanding debt, significantly lower our pension liabilities and have a substantial cash position following the close of the transaction," Tronc ...

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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 21:16 IST
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