Meredith will pay $18.50 per share for publisher of Fortune and Time
Meredith Corp. (MDP) said it will acquire Time Inc. (TIME) in a deal valued at $2.8 billion, a further sign of consolidation in the print magazine industry. Meredith has agreed to pay $18.50 a share for the publishing company that owns magazines such as Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated.
The deal includes $1.85 billion in cash and the assumption of debt. It had been approved by both firms’ boards of directors and is expected to close in the first quarter in 2018.
The transaction received financial backing from the billionaire Koch brothers. Meredith said it secured $650 million from Koch Equity Development, the investment arm of Koch Industries, but the publisher said Koch Equity Development would not have a seat on the Meredith board and “will have no influence on Meredith’s editorial or managerial operations.”
Meredith Corporation is the owner of Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and AllRecipes, and is based in Des Moines Iowa. The company also owns local television stations — that has allowed Meredith to better weather the economic storm that has faced print publishers.
A deal between Meredith and Time Inc. fell apart in 2013 after Meredith reportedly said that it did not want to acquire some of Time Inc.’s best-known titles, including Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. Meredith also expressed interest in buying Time Inc. earlier this year before it walked away — in part because it could not secure sufficient financing. The Kochs helped the company overcome that problem.
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