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Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI): Carl Icahn Exercises Call Options For 12.23 Million Shares

In a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Icahn Capital LP of Carl Icahn disclosed that it has exercised call options for an aggregate of 12.23 million shares of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) at an exercise price of $20.15 per share. Mr. Icahn now holds 14.97 million shares of the company,  the stake is equal to 6.63% of common stock outstanding. In its latest 13F, Icahn Capital disclosed holding 2.73 million shares of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI).

ICAHN CAPITAL Carl Icahn

Virginia, U.S.-based Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company, managing a number of print, broadcast, and media properties, including USA Today, BLiNQ Media, Newsquest, and 23 TV stations.

Recently, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) conducted a private placement offering of $675 million offering of senior notes. The offering consisted of $350 million of its 4.875% senior notes due 2021 and $325 million of its 5.500% senior notes due 2024.

In August, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) revealed that it plans to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses and publishing business. The company wants to create two publicly traded companies, with one exclusively focused on its broadcasting and digital businesses, and the other on its publishing business. Under the plan, the publishing business will be implemented through a tax-free distribution of the company’s publishing assets to shareholders.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) has also agreed to acquire full ownership of Cars.com. Under the agreement, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) is buying the 73% interest it does not already own in Classified Ventures LLC, which owns Cars.com, for $1.8 billion in cash. The deal is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

Other institutional investors betting big on Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) include Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, which owns 6.73 million shares, and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, which holds 4.92 million shares, according to our record.

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Icahn has initiated a stake in Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ), owning around 8.5% of the company’s common stock. Recently, Mr. Icahn disclosed in a new filing that he has entered into an agreement-in-principle with the company to appoint three independent directors to the company‘s board. Following their appointment, three current directors will retire from the board.

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