Troubled Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy
Zell: 'Perfect storm' crippled company.
RELATED: Zellâs Memo
Nearly a year after real estate mogul Sam Zell took the Tribune Company private in a dramatic $8.2 billion buyout, the troubled companyâwhich owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Cubs baseball franchise, among other propertiesâhas filed for bankruptcy protection. (The Cubs franchise is not part of the filing, the company said.)
Zell said a âperfect stormâ of economic factors led the Chicago-based company to file for bankruptcy.
âA precipitous decline in revenue and a tough economy have coupled with a credit crisis, making it extremely difficult to support our debt,â Zell wrote in a memo to staffers. âAll of our major advertising categories have been dramatically impacted.â
Tribune has assets of $7.6 billion and debts of $12.9 billion. Since going private, the company âhas re-paid approximately $1 billion of its senior credit facility,â and has been ârewriting the business model for its media assets with the goal of building a sustainable, innovative, competitive company.â
Click here to read Zellâs memo.
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