#1 Schadenfreude [NYT in big trouble]
01-21-2009, 06:49 PM
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- Aug 2005
The New York Times, scrambling to stay in business, has accepted a $250 million investment from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú: Under the terms of the deal, Mr. Slim, who already owns 6.9 percent of the Times Company, would invest $250 million in the form of six-year notes with warrants that are convertible into common shares, the company said in a statement. The notes also carry a 14 percent interest rate, with 11 percent paid in cash and 3 percent in additional bonds.
A reader who is an expert in corporate finance writes:
.....this is a CLASSIC instance of corporate desperation..."last chance finance"...richly deserved....
Apparently the New York Times Corp. has accepted an offer from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to put $250 million into the company. But, man...are the terms onerous!...It's a debenture carrying BOTH a 14% coupon --- junk bond territory ---- AND warrants for 18% of the company, the third largest share...exercisable at a DISCOUNT to Friday's closing price!!...the warrants are in the money NOW!....it gets worse...they cut their dividend in November by 75%...reducing the Sulzbergers' income dramatically...and the new $250 million probably isn't close to enough for their liquidity needs...so they will probably do a $225 million sale/leaseback of the Times office building!...in combination.....this is a CLASSIC instance of corporate desperation..."last chance finance"...richly deserved....
PAUL adds: John should be commended for not calling this post "Slim Pickings." I'm hardly an expert in corporate finance or the newspaper industry. But I know that the Times is a pillar of left-liberalism, so I'm skeptical that it will be permitted to disappear.
01-21-2009, 08:43 PM
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- Jan 2009
- Central Florida
There's a better AP article here."Because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex; it will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principals and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours." -Reagan
01-21-2009, 09:04 PM
Turn page 1 for english! :D
:Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
” I wondered why the rock was getting larger. Then it hit me.
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