Abu Dhabi-Backed Fund Set To Take Management Of UK’s Telegraph Media Group

Abu Dhabi-Backed Fund Set To Take Control Of UK's Telegraph Media Group

RedBird IMI mentioned it can totally repay the money owed owed to Lloyds Banking Group (Representational)


Abu Dhabi-backed funding fund RedBird IMI mentioned Monday it’s set to take management of The Each day and Sunday Telegraph sister newspapers and The Spectator journal in Britain. 

RedBird IMI — a three way partnership between US agency RedBird Capital and Abu Dhabi’s Worldwide Media Investments — mentioned it had struck a deal for a “bundle of loans” totalling £600 million ($750 million) to take management of the Telegraph Media Group.

The mum or dad firm of the right-leaning titles has been managed by the Barclay household for practically 20 years however was put up on the market earlier this 12 months over unpaid money owed.

RedBird IMI mentioned it can totally repay the money owed owed to Lloyds Banking Group, permitting the media group to be taken out of receivership.

The three way partnership added it additionally intends to train an choice to convert an additional “related” sized mortgage — secured in opposition to the Telegraph and Spectator titles — into fairness.

With regulatory approval, that will give it eventual possession of the Telegraph Media Group. 

Redbird Capital, run by former CNN president and famous media govt Jeff Zucker, would run the publications “alone” with IMI being “a passive investor solely”, in line with the three way partnership.

Authorities attraction 

The assurances observe a gaggle of lawmakers from the ruling Conservative celebration urging the federal government to make use of the UK’s nationwide safety legal guidelines to analyze Abu Dhabi’s function within the takeover, the Monetary Occasions reported Sunday.

The 5 Tory MPs have written to deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden, enterprise secretary Kemi Badenoch and tradition secretary Lucy Frazer querying the knowledge of permitting abroad sovereign wealth funds to purchase nationwide newspapers, it mentioned.

Asserting the monetary offers Monday, a spokesman for RedBird IMI mentioned in a press release that it’ll “present a mortgage to the worth of £600 million, secured in opposition to the Telegraph and Spectator”.

“Any switch of possession will after all be topic to regulatory evaluation and we are going to proceed to co-operate totally with the federal government and the regulator,” he mentioned.

“Following switch of possession, RedBird Capital alone will take over administration and operational duty for the titles beneath the management of RedBird IMI chief govt Jeff Zucker.”

The spokesman added the three way partnership was “fully dedicated to sustaining the present editorial group of the Telegraph and Spectator publications” to guard their “popularity and credibility”.

Telegraph Media Group was purchased by twin brothers Frederick and David Barclay in 2004 for £665 million. 

However lender Financial institution of Scotland introduced in June that it had appointed a receiver for the Bermuda-based holding firm of the group, resulting from “money owed being in default and with no signal they might be repaid”.

It mentioned then that the appointment of monetary advisory agency AlixPartners was a “final resort” and adopted discussions to “discover a consensual resolution and compensation” of the borrowing that reportedly amounted to £1 billion ($1.2 billion).

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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