Paramount scraps deal to offer Simon & Schuster to Penguin

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The Penguin logo design shows up on the spinal columns of books shown on a rack at Book Passage onNov 2, 2021 in Corte Madera,California The U.S. Department of Justice is taking legal action against Penguin Random House and Simon & &(***************************************************************************************************** )to obstruct the business from finishing a merger valued at $2.175 billion.

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Paramount Global stated Monday it ditched its $2.2 billion offer to offer book publisher Simon & &(***************************************************************************************************** )to competing Penguin Random House, weeks after a federal judge declined the merger.

Penguin, which is owned by German media corporation Bertelsmann, stated it still thinks Simon & &(***************************************************************************************************** )is a great suitable for its company however that it accepted Paramount’s choice.

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“We believe the judge’s ruling is wrong and planned to appeal the decision, confident we could make a compelling and persuasive argument to reverse the lower court ruling on appeal,”Penguin stated in a declarationMonday afternoon. “However, we have to accept Paramount’s decision not to move forward.”

Paramount’s choice to end on the offer came more than a year after the Justice Department took legal action against to obstruct the offer, stating it would injure competitors for books in the publishing world. On Halloween, after a trial that consisted of testament from bestselling scary author Stephen King, U.S. District Court Judge Florence Y. Pan ruled versus the offer, providing a significant success for the Biden administration’s antitrust program.

King, who composes books for Simon & &(**************************************************************************************************** )stated he was “delighted” by the judgment. “The proposed merger was never about readers and writers; it was about preserving (and growing) PRH’s market share. In other words: $$$,” he tweeted.

In its statement Monday, Paramount stated Penguin is on the hook for a $200 million termination cost.

Paramount likewise suggested that it would still look for to discharge Simon & &Schuster

“Simon & Schuster is a highly valuable business with a recent record of strong performance,”Paramount stated.”However, it is not video-based and therefore does not fit strategically within Paramount’s broader portfolio.”

ReadParamount’s complete release here:

ParamountGlobal (f/k/a ViacomCBSInc)((*************************************************************************** )) revealed that it and specific of its subsidiaries had actually participated in a Share Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) to offer the Simon & &(***************************************************************************************************** )company to Penguin Random House LLC (part of the Bertelsmann SE & &Co KGaA group, “Penguin Random House”), based on the complete satisfaction of specific traditional conditions, consisting of invoice of suitable regulative approvals (the “Sale”).

On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) submitted fit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to obstruct the Sale and on October 31, 2022, the Court ruled in favor of the DOJ, telling the Sale (the “Decision”). Following the Decision, on November 21, 2022, Paramount ended the Purchase Agreement in accordance with its terms. Penguin Random House is obliged to pay a $200 million termination cost toParamount Simon & &(***************************************************************************************************** )stays a non-core possession to Paramount, as was identified in early 2020 when Paramount carried out a tactical evaluation of its properties.

Simon & & Schuster is an extremely important company with a current record of strong efficiency; nevertheless, it is not video-based and for that reason does not fit tactically within Paramount’s more comprehensive portfolio.

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