A. H. Belo Corporation to Sell Providence Newspaper Operation to New Media Investment Group Inc.
DALLAS, TX and PROVIDENCE, RI A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) announced today it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which a subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc. (New Media)will acquire substantially all of the assets which comprise the newspaper operations of The Providence Journal located in Providence, Rhode Island, including the production facility and related land, for $46 million in cash before usual closing costs. A. H. Belo will retain sponsorship of the defined benefit pension plan for Providence employees.
The 75 Fountain Street headquarters building, the downtown parking lots and the former Rhode Island Monthly / Sunday inserting building are not included in the transaction. A. H. Belo will continue to own and market these properties for sale. New Media is expected to lease the headquarters building and parking lots for one year after the close of the transaction, which is anticipated to occur in the third quarter subject to customary closing conditions. Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to A. H. Belo on the transaction.
About A. H. Belo Corporation
A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) is a leading local news and information publishing company with commercial printing, distribution and direct mail capabilities, as well as businesses with expertise in emerging media and digital marketing. With a continued focus on extending our media platform, we are able to deliver news and information in innovative ways to new audiences with diverse interests and lifestyles. For additional information, visit ahbelo.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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