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Tribune Publishing board backs Alden Global's bid despite higher offer

March 24 (Reuters) - Tribune Publishing Co’s board has decided to stick with a buyout bid from its largest shareholder Alden Global despite getting a higher offer from hotel tycoon Stewart Bainum after the hedge fund said it would not support an alternative deal.

Tribune, the owner of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that its board recommended shareholders vote in favor of the $17.25 per share bid from Alden. (bit.ly/3spJ0FC)

The New York-based hedge fund, which owns a 32% stake in Tribune, had made it “clear it would not support an alternative transaction,” Tribune said, prompting the company to reject a rival offer from Bainum, the chair of Choice Hotels.

Bainum earlier this month offered $18.50 per Tribune share.

Shares of the publishing company, which saw a decline in revenue last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were trading 3.6% higher at $17.69 on Wednesday.

Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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