- British publishing company Pearson today said it had agreed to sell its 50% stake in The Economist Group, owner of The Economist magazine
The share is being sold for £469 million (RM2.9 billion), split between The Economist Group itself and Italian investment firm Exor, which is controlled by the Agnelli family, Pearson said in a statement.
“Exor has agreed to purchase 27.8% of The Economist Group’s ordinary shares for consideration of £227.5 million and all of the B special shares for consideration of £59.5 million from Pearson.
“Pearson’s remaining ordinary shares will be repurchased by The Economist Group for a total consideration of £182 million.”
The sale forms part of major restructuring at Pearson, which wants to focus solely on its education publishing business.
It last month announced plans to sell The Economist Group, which includes alsoEconomist.com and the Economist Intelligence Unit, as it revealed a deal to sell theFinancial Times newspaper to Japanese digital media group Nikkei.
“Pearson is now 100% focused on our global education strategy,” its chief executive John Fallon said in today’s statement.
“The world of education is changing rapidly and we see great opportunity to grow our business through increasing access to high quality learning globally.”
Pearson described The Economist as “one of the world’s leading weekly business and current affairs publications with a circulation of around 1.6 million”.