Vice Media to be acquired by Fortress-led lender group for $350m

Online publisher Vice Media will be sold to a consortium led by Fortress Investment Group after the bankruptcy court approved its $350m bid on Friday.

The investor group, which includes Soros Fund Management and Monroe Capital, bumped up its offer to $350m for all of Vice’s assets and some liabilities, from its initial bid of $225m. The offer is in the form of a credit bid.

Popular with the millennial audience through its websites Vice and Motherboard, Vice Media filed for bankruptcy protection last month in a move that capped years of financial difficulties, top-executive departures and the company’s prior efforts to sell itself.

“We believe [this] represents the best path forward for Vice,” the media company’s co-chief executive officers, Bruce Dixon and Hozefa Lokhandwala, said in a statement.

Vice’s lawyer Fred Sosnick said in court the sale would put the company “on a secure footing for the future”. Sosnick said 10 proposals were received for the acquisition of the whole company and five for certain parts of the business.

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