Thursday, 26 November 2015
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Jan 31 2008 | 8:35am ET
Harbinger Capital Partners wants Media General to know that it has no hostility for it—or hostile intentions towards it.
In a letter to the Richmond, Va.-based company, Harbinger sought to assure it that, contrary to statements from Media General executives, its desire to win three board seats is neither hostile nor ill-advised. It merely wants to provide support to a portfolio company facing serious challenges.
Harbinger said it was not interested in changing Media General’s dual share structure, which gives a controlling family overrepresentation on the board. Its partner, hedge fund Firebrand Partners, in an effort to win representation on the board of The New York Times Co., gave similar assurances to the Gray Lady.
Harbinger owns 18.4% of Media General’s Class A shares—it is the publisher’s second-largest shareholder. The company publishes the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, as well as 23 television stations.
Media General, whose CEO, Marshall Morton, earlier this week said he was “puzzled” by Harbinger’s “hostile actions,” struck a more conciliatory tone yesterday. But it questioned the hedge fund’s desire to replace three experienced independent directors.
“We welcome Harbinger’s willingness to engage in a dialogue with us, in part because we have been trying to do so with them for several months, and we look forward to hearing whatever Harbinger has to say,” Media General said in a statement.
Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET
One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…