NEW YORK – Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today announced that it has closed the sale of its Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) business to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion in cash. Thomson Reuters plans to use about $1 billion of the net proceeds to buy back shares and the balance to pay down debt and reinvest in the business. Any share buybacks will be part of the company's previously announced $1.5 billion share buyback program.
Following today's closing, Thomson Reuters is organized in three business units supported by a corporate center – Financial & Risk, Legal and Tax & Accounting. The company also operates Reuters, a leading provider of real-time, high impact, multimedia news and information services.
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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking, including the company’s current expectations regarding its uses of proceeds from the sale. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and reflect our company’s current expectations. As a result, forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including factors discussed in materials that Thomson Reuters from time to time files with, or furnishes to, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There is no assurance that the events described in any forward-looking statement will materialize. Except as may be required by applicable law, Thomson Reuters disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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