Its first deal since being spun off from Newcastle Investment (NCT -2.7%) just days ago, New Media (NEWM -2%) acquires the Victorville (CA) Daily Press and related assets/publications from Freedom Communications for $8M. The publications have a circulation of about 50K, revenue of $12.5M, and operating margins before depreciation and amortization of just over 20%.
The purchase is expected to be immediately accretive.
It's a start. New Media manager Fortress Investment has identified about $1B in acquisition candidates.
Pricing its 50.5M share secondary for gross proceeds of about $264.9M, Newcastle (NCT) investment announces the purchase of a 52-property senior housing portfolio from Holiday Acquisition for roughly $1.01B. Newcastle will put up about $300M and fund the rest through a non-recourse mortgage.
The portfolio has 5,885 units located across 24 states. It's 100% private pay with occupancy rate of 91%. Leases with affiliates of Holiday will have first-year rent equal to 6.5% of the purchase price.
Upon closing of this and other committed deals, Newcastle will have invested about $600M of equity in senior housing assets.
Newcastle notes the purchase was made for 3.4x of 2013 EBITDA with an expected levered yield of 25% in year 1 and 30% in year 2. The company also comes with $33M of appraised real estate value - backing that out means the purchase was for 2.5x 2013 EBITDA, with large urban peers trading at 4.0x-5.5x.
NCT is considering the spin off Local Media and GateHouse Media into a new public company, "New Media" (as part of the deal, Newcastle converted its debt holding in GateHouse into a 59% equity stake). New Media intends to pay out a substantial portion of its free-cash flow in the form of a dividend with expected yield of about 20%.
"With industry distress comes buying opportunity ... once trading at 10x EBITDA, we believe we can buy local newspapers and directories at (fractions of that valuation)."
Newcastle Investment (NCT -2.2%) acquires Dow Jones Local Media Group from News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) for $87M.
Local Media operates 33 local publications in 7 states. The business will now be managed by GateHouse Media (GHSE.PK), an affiliate of Fortress Investment (FIG), which is Newcastle's manager.
Newcastle owns about 52% of GateHouse's $1.2B in debt and it and other creditors have agreed on a prepackaged Chapter 11 filing in which Newcastle expects to convert its debt holdings into equity of GateHouse.
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