Lee Enterprises tries to ward off hostile takeover by Alden

Lee Enterprises tries to ward off hostile takeover by Alden
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November 29th, 2021 | Associated Press / KNEB News Staff

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – The Lee Enterprises newspaper chain has adopted a “poison-pill” plan to protect itself from a hostile takeover while it considers an unsolicited offer from hedge fund Alden Global Capital to buy Lee for $24 a
share.

The plan would take effect if Alden gains control of more than 10% of Lee’s stock in the next year.

The Davenport, Iowa-based company said the plan would allow its other shareholders to buy shares at a 50% discount at that point or possibly get free shares for every share they already own.

Alden said last week that it already owed more than 6% of Lee’s stock. The plan Lee adopted last Wednesday would make it more expensive for Alden to acquire a controlling stake.

Lee Enterprises is the parent company of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, Gering Courier, Hemingford Ledger, Omaha World-Herald and numerous other newspaper properties across the country.

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