Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sun Times Under More Pressure

Already under pressure from activist investors K Capital Management LLC of Boston, Sun-Times Media Group Inc., which announced in February it was considering a sale of assets or a privatization, is now facing a second activist investor.

On Wednesday, Davidson Kempner Advisers Inc. announced an activist tack at the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, the latest news company to be targeted by activist hedge funds. K Capital, the Sun-Times' largest shareholder with a 9.7% stake, has been a vocal advocate for a sale.

Davidson Kempner, a 5.9% Sun-Times holder, on Wednesday evening said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing it has had and will continue to have discussions with "third parties and other shareholders and management regarding [Sun-Times], its prospects and potential means for enhancing shareholder value. In these discussions, [Davidson Kempner] may suggest or take a position with respect to future plans for the company, including, without limitation, potential changes in the business, strategy, operations, board composition, management or capital structure of the Issuer as a means of enhancing shareholder value."

The filing doesn't mention whether the two firms are working together, but Davidson Kempner's filing makes it clear that it certainly would be open to talking to a number of investors. - Ron Orol

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