Emmis Announces Agreement to Sell LA’s Power 106 to Meruelo Group

Contacts: Ryan Hornaday, EVP/CFO & Treasurer, rhornaday@emmis.com, 317.266.0100
Otto Padron, President/COO, Meruelo Media, opadron@meruelomedia.com

Indianapolis…Emmis Communications (Nasdaq: EMMS) has announced an agreement to sell KPWR-FM Power 106 in Los Angeles to an affiliate of the Meruelo Group for $82.75 million, subject to closing adjustments and prorations, pending FCC and other regulatory approvals.

“Power 106 has been part of the Emmis family for more than 32 years, so this day is bittersweet, but I am confident that the station and our team are in good hands,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications. “The Meruelo Group will be great owners of this historic brand, and take it to even greater heights.”

A Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) will begin promptly following the expiration or early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

The Meruelo Group, whose Meruelo Media affiliate acquired Los Angeles TV station KWHY-22 in 2011 and radio station KDAY-FM in 2014, is the largest minority owned media group in California.  Following its participation in the FCC TV spectrum auction earlier this year, Meruelo Media is now re-investing a portion of the auction proceeds to expanding its media holdings with the acquisition of heritage station KPWR-FM. Closing of the KPWR-FM sale is subject to FCC approval of the assignment of the KPWR-FM FCC license, as well as receipt of the incentive auction proceeds.

“The acquisition of Power 106 is a game changer for our group and our media division,” stated Alex Meruelo, Chairman and CEO.  “As a fan and someone who has had a business relationship with this station for more than 30 years, I understand the importance of Power 106 to this community.  We are committed to bringing the resources, talent and passion necessary to make this legendary brand the #1 radio station in Los Angeles.”

Emmis purchased KPWR-FM from Century Broadcasting in May 1984.  The transaction is expected to close in the back half of 2017.

About Emmis Communications

Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis owns 16 FM and 3 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis’ radio stations located there) and Indianapolis. Emmis also developed and licenses TagStation®, a cloud-based software platform that allows a broadcaster to manage album art, metadata and enhanced advertising on its various broadcasts, and developed NextRadio®, a smartphone application that marries over-the-air FM radio broadcasts with visual and interactive features on smartphones.

About Meruelo Group

Meruelo Group is a privately held, diversified management company founded in 1986 by US Latino business executive Alex Meruelo. The Meruelo Group serves a diversified portfolio of 35+ companies across 7 primary industries with over 8,000 employees.  The Meruelo Group portfolio is comprised of affiliates in a wide range of industries including: banking and financial services; construction; hospitality & gaming; media; restaurant food services: real estate management and development; and, private equity investing.  For more information please visit www.meruelogroup.com

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    • competition from new or different technologies;
    • increased competition in our markets and the broadcasting industry including our competitors changing the format of a station they operate to more directly compete with a station we operate in the same market;
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Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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