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Israel Land Development Company, controlled by Ofer Nimrodi, will not invest any
capital in Ma’ariv Holdings Ltd., the publisher of Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, at this
time, people familiar with the matter told Globes Wednesday.
is leaving the company’s financial crisis mainly in the hands of Ma’ariv’s new
chairman, Zaki Rakib, and expressed its support for measures that the market
calls “drastic” to save Ma’ariv’s cash flow, which do not involve a capital
injection into the company, the sources said.
Israel Land plans to take a
more active role in the conversion of bonds, if that is done, to cover Ma’ariv’s
debt. If a rights issue is decided upon, meaning a capital injection into
Ma’ariv, Israel Land will leave the stage completely to Rakib, the sources
Ma’ariv’s board of directors has given Rakib support to make deep
cuts, including the axing of employees, pay cuts and the reduction of printing
costs, probably by reducing the number of pages in the paper, the sources said.
Company officers told Rakib this was the time to make fundamental changes to
change the paper’s cash flow, they said.
Rakib is expected to announce in
April major measures at Ma’ariv, including consolidating the business supplement
and magazine into the news pages and reducing the size of magazines in the
Friday edition. At the same time, emphasis will be placed on the new
“We’re heading for streamlining measures at every level of the
company, including personnel and printing costs,” a source at the paper said.
“Zaki is planning measures for renewal and will reveal his strategy in April or
Last year, Rakib invested $15 million in Ma’ariv for 30
percent of the publishing company and effective control of it.