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TPG pays Murdoch unit $214 million for Chinese media company stake

Last Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 16:04

Hong Kong: US private equity firm TPG Capital will pay HKUSD1.66 billion for 21st Century Fox-controlled Star Entertainment`s remaining stake in a Chinese satellite television operator.

The move is the next step of Rupert Murdoch`s slow exit from Chinese media, following News Corp`s sale of controlling stakes in three mainland television channels to domestic private equity funds in 2010.

In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange late on Friday, Phoenix Satellite Television said TPG China Media L.P. will become a "substantial shareholder" after taking over Star`s entire 12.15 percent stake.

With the sale, Star representatives will also step down from Phoenix`s board.

The deal was announced on the same day that Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.

Murdoch split News Corp into two companies in May, with News Corp retaining the newspaper and other media assets and Fox holding the movie, TV and other entertainment properties.

Star, a Fox unit, sold its 607 million shares in Phoenix at HKUSD2.73 per share or a 2.5 percent discount to its HKUSD2.80 closing price on Friday. No other financial details were disclosed.

First Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 16:04
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