SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The McClatchy Company (NYSE-MNI) said today that it received a $147 million cash distribution from Classified Ventures, LLC (CV) as a result of its previously announced sale of Apartments.com to CoStar Group for $585 million.
McClatchy expects that proceeds on an after-tax basis will be approximately $90 million. McClatchy owns a 25.6% interest in CV and its portion of the gain from the sale of Apartments.com will be recorded in its equity income in unconsolidated companies in the second quarter of 2014. Taxes on its portion of the gain will also be included in McClatchy's tax provision in the same quarter of 2014.
Management reiterated that the funds from the distribution will be used for general corporate purposes, including debt reduction.
The McClatchy Company is a leading news and information provider, offering a wide array of print and digital products in each of the markets it serves. McClatchy's operations include 30 daily newspapers, community newspapers, websites, mobile news and advertising, niche publications, direct marketing and direct mail services. The company's largest newspapers include the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram, The Sacramento Bee, The Kansas City Star, the Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: McClatchy may not generate cash from operations, or otherwise, necessary to reduce debt or meet debt covenants as expected; transactions may not close as anticipated or result in cash distributions in the amount or timing anticipated; McClatchy's operations have been, and will likely continue to be, adversely affected by competition, including competition from internet publishing and advertising platforms; litigation or any potential litigation; geo-political uncertainties including the risk of war; increased consolidation among major retailers in our markets or other events depressing the level of advertising; competitive action by other companies; and other factors, many of which are beyond our control; as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the company's publicly filed documents, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 30, 2012, as amended by the Form 10-K/A, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. McClatchy disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release.
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