Pearson (PSO -1.2% in London) agrees to merge its Penguin book-publishing unit with...

|By:, SA News Editor

Pearson (PSO -1.2% in London) agrees to merge its Penguin book-publishing unit with Bertelsmann’s Random House in a deal that brings together companies with a combined 2011 operating profit of £272M and revenues of £2.48B. The JV, to be called Penguin Random House, will be 53% owned by Bertelsmann and 47% owned by Pearson. Confirmation of the tie-up follows reports that News Corp (NWS) had expressed interest in acquiring Penguin. (PR)