Playboy Goes Back to Being a Private Company!

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Playboy has had its up and downs and lately it was down (financial problems, revenues down) so Hugh Hefner decided to make it private again.

According to DeadLine,

“With the completion of this transaction, Playboy will come full circle, returning to its roots as a private company,” Hefner said in a statement. “I believe this agreement will give us the resources and flexibility to return Playboy to its unique position and to further expand our business around the world.” The share price represents a 18.3% premium over Playboy’s closing price Friday. Playboy CEO Scott Flanders, who will remain with the company and maintain a significant equity investment in Playboy, says the strategy is to transform Playboy into “a brand management company”. Hefner is Playboy’s largest shareholder with about 70% of the company’s voting shares and 28% of the nonvoting stock. Hefner had to fend off a bid from the company owning rival Penthouse magazine.

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