GCI @ 11.55 > news: Update: Gannett's Stock Soars After MNG's Unsolicited Buyout Bid, Valuing The USA Today Publisher At $1.4 Billion -- MarketWatch
8:47 am ET January 14, 2019 (MarketWatch)
Shares of Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) rocketed 20% toward an 8-month high in premarket trade Monday, after the media company and publisher of the USA Today newspaper received a buyout bid from hedge fund MNG Enterprises that would value Gannett at about $1.4 billion. MNG said it has sent a letter to Gannett proposing paying $12 in cash for each Gannett share outstanding, which represents a 23% premium to Friday's closing price of $9.75. The proposal confirms The Wall Street Journal's report (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/digital-first-media-eyes-buyout-of-usa-today-publisher-gannett-2019-01-13
) from Sunday. "In the letter, MNG notes that the team leading Gannett has not demonstrated that it is capable of effectively running it as a public company, with the stock having lost 41% of its value since its debut as a public company two and a half years ago," MNG said in a statement. MNG, which has a 7.5% ownership stake in Gannett, said it operates over 200 publications including The Denver Post, The San Jose Mercury News and The Boston Herald. Gannett's stock has gained 2.3% over the past three months, but has shed 17.7% over the past 12 months. In comparison, the S&P 500 has lost 6.2% over the past three months and has shed 6.8% the past year.
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