Tronc pronounced Wednesday it has struck a understanding to sell a Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and other titles in a California News Group to billionaire biotech financier Patrick Soon-Shiong.
The agreement with Soon-Shiong, a vital shareholder in Tronc and arch executive of NantHealth, includes $500 million in money and a arrogance of $90 million in grant liabilities.
The association also announced that Ross Levinsohn has been backed as LA Times CEO, after he concluded to take an delinquent leave of deficiency final month following avowal of passionate nuisance allegations opposite him while he worked during other companies.
Shares of Tronc were adult 65 percent in premarket trade before to being halted forward of a announcement.
The deduction of a sale will be used to repay corporate debt and concede for a association to pursue a continued pull to acquire interrelated digital properties, Tronc pronounced in a statement.
The Times, acquired by Tronc’s prototype Tribune Co. in 2000, has undergone several government changes and rounds of layoffs, reflecting a onslaught by newspapers in ubiquitous to adjust to digital media.
Tronc acquired a San Diego Union-Tribune in May 2015. Its other newspapers embody The Baltimore Sun and The Hartford Courant.
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—CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Reuters contributed to this report.
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