INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Emmis Communications
Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) today announced that affiliates of the Blackstone
Group and the SJL Broadcast Group have agreed to purchase four of its
television stations for a purchase price of $259 million.
The purchase covers KOIN-TV (Ch. 6, CBS affiliate) in Portland, Ore.;
KHON-TV (Ch. 2, Fox affiliate) in Honolulu; KSNW-TV (Ch. 3, NBC affiliate) in
Wichita, Kan.; and KSNT-TV (Ch. 27, NBC affiliate) in Topeka, Kan., and is
subject to customary prorations, adjustments and conditions including approval
from the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory authorities.
Emmis previously announced it had signed definitive agreements for the
sale of nine of its stations to three separate buyers for $681 million. No
announcements have been made regarding KGMB-TV (Ch. 9, CBS affiliate) in
Honolulu, WVUE-TV (Ch. 8, Fox affiliate) in New Orleans and WKCF-TV (Ch. 18,
WB affiliate) in Orlando.
"Today's announcement furthers our goal of doing what is right for our
shareholders and employees," Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan said. "With
our previously announced sale of nine stations, we're now close to $1 billion
in aggregate sales proceeds while we continue to evaluate alternatives for our
The stations represented in today's announced transaction represented 20%
of TV station operating income in fiscal year ended February 28, 2005 and 18%
of fiscal year ended February 29, 2004.
Emmis entered the television industry in July of 1998 with the purchase of
four Fox affiliates (WLUK-TV, KHON-TV, WVUE-TV and WALA-TV) from SF
Broadcasting and later that year added WTHI-TV and WFTX-TV from Wabash Valley
Broadcasting. In October of 1999, Emmis purchased Orlando's WKCF from Press
Communications. In October of 2000, Emmis purchased eight network-affiliated
stations (KOIN-TV, KRQE-TV, WSAZ-TV, KSNW-TV, KGMB-TV, KGUN-TV, KMTV-TV, KSNT-
TV) from Lee Enterprises. In March of 2003, Emmis purchased Mobile/Pensacola's
WBPG-TV from Pegasus Communications.
As announced by Emmis on Aug. 22, LIN TV Corp has signed an agreement to
purchase WALA-TV (Ch. 10, Fox affiliate) and WBPG-TV (Ch. 55, WB affiliate) in
Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla.; WTHI-TV (Ch. 10, CBS affiliate) in Terre Haute,
Ind.; WLUK-TV (Ch. 11, Fox affiliate) in Green Bay, Wis.; and KRQE-TV (Ch. 13,
CBS affiliate) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, plus regional satellite stations.
The sale price for the five stations is $260 million.
Journal Communications has signed an agreement to purchase WFTX-TV (Ch. 4,
Fox affiliate) in Fort Myers, Fla.; KMTV-TV (Ch. 3, CBS affiliate) in Omaha,
Neb.; and KGUN-TV (Ch. 9, ABC affiliate) in Tucson, Ariz. The sale price for
the three stations is $235 million.
Gray Television has signed an agreement to purchase WSAZ-TV (Ch. 3, NBC
affiliate) in Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia, for $186 million.
The closings are subject to customary conditions, including approval from
the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory agencies. Emmis
expects to begin closing these transactions before the end of the year.
Emmis Communications -- Great Media, Great People, Great Service(R)
Emmis is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with radio
broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing operations.
Emmis owns 23 FM and 2 AM domestic radio stations serving the nation's largest
markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as Phoenix, St. Louis,
Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. Emmis has recently announced its
intent to seek strategic alternatives for its 16 television stations, which
will result in the sale of all or a portion of its television assets. In
addition, Emmis owns a radio network, international radio stations, regional
and specialty magazines and ancillary businesses in broadcast sales and book
The Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group, a private investment and advisory firm with offices
in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Paris and Mumbai,
was founded in 1985. The firm has raised a total of approximately $34 billion
for alternative asset investing since its formation. Over $14 billion of that
has been for private equity investing, including Blackstone Capital Partners
IV, one of the largest institutional private equity funds ever raised at $6.45
billion. In addition to Private Equity Investing, The Blackstone Group's core
businesses are Private Real Estate Investing, Corporate Debt Investing,
Marketable Alternative Asset Management, Corporate Advisory, and Restructuring
and Reorganization advisory. For more information, visit
The SJL Broadcast Group
The SJL Broadcast Group, headquartered in Montecito, CA, was founded in
1983 to build a group of network television stations. From 1984-1995 the SJL
Group owned and operated twelve broadcast stations. In 1996, SJL acquired
stations KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo, CA and WICU-TV, Erie, PA, and in 2000, was
involved in the acquisition of WOWK-TV, Huntington, WV, WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA
and WBNG-TV, Binghamton, NY. SJL has always focused on community service with
a strong commitment to news and operates under the belief that its employees
are its best representatives in the communities it serves.
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fact, including financial data for quarters or other periods that are not yet
completed and statements identified with the words "continues," "expect,"
"will," or "would," are intended to be, and are, identified as "forward-
looking statements," as defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Emmis to be
materially different from any future result, performance or achievement
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors
included, among others, general economic and business conditions; fluctuations
in the demand for advertising; increased competition in the broadcasting
industry including the implementation of competing formats in large markets;
the attraction and retention of quality talent and other programming; public
and governmental reaction to Emmis programming decisions; changes in the costs
of programming; changes in interest rates; inability to grow through suitable
acquisitions; inability or delay in closing announced acquisitions or
dispositions; terrorist attacks or other large-scale disasters; wars and other
events creating economic uncertainty; and other factors mentioned in documents
filed by Emmis with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Emmis does not
undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Emmis Communications Corporation