Maxim magazine publisher might go to creditors-WSJ

NEW YORK Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:46am IST

Stocks

   

NEW YORK Nov 21 (Reuters) - The publisher of men's magazine Maxim is in restructuring talks that could result in the company being turned over to creditors, The Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Friday.

The Journal, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said talks could still fall apart.

Maxim's parent company is Alpha Media, which deal maker Steve Rattner bought in 2007 from British publisher Felix Dennis for $250 million. About $90 million of that was in equity, and the rest was debt, the Journal reported.

Since then, the Journal reported, results at Alpha -- which includes music magazine Blender -- have tanked.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell to about $8 million in 2008, 70 percent lower than about $28 million when Quadrangle bought Alpha in 2007, according to the Journal.

An Alpha spokeswoman did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Quadrangle was not immediately available for comment.

U.S. magazines across a variety of genres have been suffering from a slump in advertising revenue that already had begun before the financial crisis set in.

Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) is cutting staff at its magazines, and Conde Nast is slashing jobs at business magazine Portfolio. Hearst Corp also has lowered headcount.

Maxim, which publishes photos of semi-naked, sometimes semi-famous women, stays away from outright nudity. It is aimed at the 18-34 year old males, an audience advertisers covet. (Reporting by Robert MacMillan)

Reuters Showcase

Land Ordinance

Land Ordinance

Modi says willing to make changes in land decree  Full Article 

Sahara Woes

Sahara Woes

SEBI cancels Sahara's portfolio management licence  Full Article 

Gold Demand

Gold Demand

India gold demand muted, eyes cut in import duty  Full Article 

Coffee's Hot

Coffee's Hot

IPO could value Cafe Coffee Day at $1 billion  Full Article 

Sahara Salaries

Sahara Salaries

Some staff say Sahara has not paid salaries for months   Full Article 

DLF Fined

DLF Fined

DLF says reviewing $8.4 million SEBI penalty  Full Article 

GM Corn

GM Corn

Monsanto says GM corn trial in final stage in India  Full Article 

Rail Budget

Rail Budget

Breakingviews - India goes back to future with $137 bln rail push  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Clean Energy

Clean Energy

India says clean energy a $160 billion opportunity over five years  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage