Media General, Inc. (“Media General” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors, after careful review and consideration, and in consultation with its independent legal counsel and financial advisors, has unanimously determined to engage in negotiations with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (“Nexstar”) regarding the non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Nexstar to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Media General in cash and stock (the “Proposal”). This followed the Board reaching the determination under the Company’s definitive merger agreement with Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; meredith.com) (the “Meredith Agreement”) that allows the Company to explore a potential transaction and negotiate with a third party making an acquisition proposal.
Media General also informed Nexstar that its Board unanimously rejected the Proposal, as currently constructed, as the Board believes the Proposal significantly undervalues Media General and its prospects. Among other matters, the Proposal substantially discounts Media General’s standalone growth prospects, ignores the significant asset value embedded in Media General’s excess spectrum that can be monetized via the upcoming Broadcast Auctions, and does not reflect an equitable share of the synergies outlined in the Proposal made by Nextstar. Media General and its advisors intend to engage in private negotiations with Nexstar and note that there are no guarantees that these negotiations will result in a transaction with Nexstar.
Consistent with the terms of the Meredith Agreement, Media General has provided written notice to Meredith of the Board’s determination. As previously announced on September 8, 2015, Media General entered into a definitive merger agreement with Meredith under which Media General will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Meredith in a cash and stock transaction. The Board of Directors of Media General continues to recommend the proposed transaction with Meredith.
RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are acting as financial advisors to Media General and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are acting as its legal counsel.
NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any shareholder of Media General, Inc. (“Media General”). In connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Media General, Montage New Holdco, Inc. (to be renamed Meredith Media General Corporation after closing) (“Meredith Media General”), Meredith and the other parties thereto (the “Merger”), Media General and Meredith Media General intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including a Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by Meredith Media General that will contain a joint proxy statement/prospectus. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION About MEDIA GENERAL, MEREDITH, MEREDITH MEDIA GENERAL AND THE MERGER. The Form S-4, including the joint proxy statement/prospectus, and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Media General and Meredith Media General with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at sec.gov. The documents filed by Media General and Meredith Media General may also be obtained for free from Media General’s Investor Relations website (mediageneral.com/investor/index.htm) or by directing a request to Media General’s Investor Relations contact, Courtney Guertin, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 401-457-9501.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Media General and its respective executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the security holders of Media General in connection with the Merger. Information about Media General’s directors and executive officers is available in Media General’s definitive proxy statement, dated March 13, 2015, for its 2015 annual meeting of shareholders. Other information regarding the participants and description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Form S-4 and the joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the Merger that Meredith Media General will file with the SEC when it becomes available.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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Statements in this press release regarding Media General that are forward-looking are based on management’s estimates, assumptions and projections, and are subject to significant uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Media General.
No assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur. Media General assumes no duty to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, as of any future date.
About Media General
Media General (mediageneral.com) is one of the nation's largest local media companies that operates or services 71 television stations in 48 markets, along with the industry's leading digital media business. Its robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23 percent of U.S. TV households and more than two-thirds of the U.S. Internet audience. Media General has one of the industry's largest and most diverse digital media businesses that includes LIN Mobile, Federated Media, HYFN, Dedicated Media and BiteSizeTV, all under the LIN Digital banner. With unmatched local-to-national reach and integrated marketing solutions, Media General is a one-stop-shop for agencies and brands that want to effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences across all screens. Media General trades on the NYSE under the symbol “MEG.”
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