Najafi and Trinity Broadcasting Offer to Acquire Tegna

This article is republished here from The Wall Street Journal

Bid values company at about $4.4 billion, adding to crowded field of suitors

Private-equity firm Najafi Cos. and faith-based broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network have offered to buy Tegna Inc. for cash consideration of $20 a share, adding their bid to a crowded field of suitors.

The offer values the broadcaster at roughly $4.4 billion and would bring Tegna’s 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets together with Trinity Broadcasting’s 32 global networks in more than 175 countries. Phoenix-based Najafi focuses on media, technology, consumer and sports companies.

Tegna’s shares climbed 14% to $17.25 in Tuesday’s after-hours trading.

The bid comes just a week after the media mogul Byron Allen made an all-cash, $20-a-share bid for the broadcaster.

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