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Money Owner of the i and The Scotsman up for sale

16:25  11 october  2018
16:25  11 october  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Johnston Press, the company behind a string of newspaper titles including the i, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, has put itself up for sale.

The company, which like many rivals has struggled financially amid declining print readerships and ad revenues, took the decision after a strategic review of its business which began last year.

The review took place ahead of a looming deadline for the repayment of £220m in loans.

It said on Thursday that a sale was the only option.

The company's statement read: "Since commencing the strategic review of financing options first announced in March 2017, the company has focused on exploring all options available to it in relation to its £220m outstanding 8.625% senior secured notes due for repayment on 1 June 2019.

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"Pursuant to this strategic review and in order to assess all strategic options to maximise value to its stakeholders, the board of Johnston Press announces today that it has decided to seek offers for the company."

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It added that there could be no certainty an offer would be made and it reserved the right to terminate the sale process at any time.

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The company, which has about 200 titles, had hoped that a decision to buy the i national daily in 2016 would help revive its financial fortunes but it had remained loss-making to the extent it had been considering offloading other major titles, including The Scotsman, to raise cash.

It had blamed falling revenues more recently on changes to Google and Facebook algorithms which had hurt online exposure.

The company had a market value of £1.6bn in 2005 - a figure had since slumped to £3.4m ahead of the sale announcement which triggers a suspension in the dealing of its shares.

The price had surged in August amid rumours of a mystery buyer for Johnston Press stock.

Bidders for the business could include activist shareholder Custos Group, which already owns more than 20% of the business and had said it would be a prospective bidder if the company collapsed.

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