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Fort Worth's top CEOs honored at FWBP event

The Fort Worth Business Press announced its Top CEOs last night at its Top 100 event held at the Fort Worth Club.

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North Tarrant Express completion date moved up to October

Fort Worth-area commuters can expect the 13.3-mile North Tarrant Express to open in full operation in October, eight months ahead of the original schedule.

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Left Bank project hits roadblocks on access, traffic

Questions about fire access and traffic are bogging down talks on an economic incentive agreement for the planned, $300 million Left Bank development on the Trinity River at West Seventh Street, Fort Worth officials and the developer acknowledge.

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UPS adding Alliance, McKinney locations and 500 area jobs

UPS said Aug. 21 it will add two new package distribution facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

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TCU's Neeley School receives $30M donation as part of planned expansion

A $30 million foundation gift to Texas Christian University will help guide a $100 million facility expansion for the Neeley School of Business.

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Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B

 

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Gannett said it reached a deal to buy Belo for about $1.5 billion in cash, significantly boosting its presence in television broadcasting.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, Gannett will buy Belo, which is based in Dallas, for $13.75 per share. That represents a 28 percent premium over Belo's closing price on Wednesday.

Gannett, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the U.S., also will assume $715 million in debt.

In premarket trading, Belo Corp.'s shares jumped 28 percent on the news. Gannett Co.'s stock rose 21 percent.

Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore called the acquisition an "important step" in Gannett's diversification and said it will significantly improve the company's cash flow and financial strength.

The acquisition will make Gannett, based in McLean, Va., one of the country's largest owners of major network affiliates, reaching nearly one-third of U.S. households. It nearly doubles Gannett's portfolio from 23 to 43 stations and gives it 21 stations in the country's top 25 television markets.

Gannett expects the deal to boost its adjusted earnings by 50 cents per share within the first 12 months and generate $175 million in annual cost savings within three years after closing.

Belo President and CEO Dunia Shive said the sale is an "outstanding and financially compelling transaction" for his company's shareholders.

The deal, which has been approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to close by the end of 2013. It needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission and at least two-thirds of Belo shareholders.

Belo executives and shareholders representing about 42 percent of the company's voting power have agreed to support the sale, the companies said.


 

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