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New York Times gets Slim boost

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  • Times president and CEO says other financing initiatives will be explored
  • Slim family also owns Inmobiliaria Carso, which holds stake in Times
  • Times reported a 20 percent decline in November ad revenues
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(CNN) -- The New York Times said it was getting $250 million in financing from companies controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, with the money to be used to refinance existing debt.

"This agreement provides us with increased financial flexibility to continue to execute on our long-term strategy," said Janet L. Robinson, president and CEO of the Times company on Monday.

"We continue to explore other financing initiatives and are focused on reducing our total debt through the cash we generate from our businesses and the decisive steps we have taken to reduce costs, lower capital spending, decrease our dividend and rebalance our portfolio of assets," Robinson added.

The Times will get the financing under an agreement with Banco Inbursa, S.A., and Inmobiliaria Carso, with $125 million coming from each company, according to the Times statement. Slim and members of his family are the main shareholders of Grupo Financiero Inbursa, which is the parent company of Banco Inbursa.

The family also owns Inmobiliaria Carso, which currently holds 6.9 percent of the Times company's Class A shares.

"We are very pleased to expand our strong relationship with The New York Times Company," said Arturo Elias, director of Inmobiliaria Carso. "We believe that with the strength of The New York Times brand, its national and international reach, its potential for digital expansion and most of all, its world-class news and information, the Company will continue to be a leader in the media industry."

Nicknamed the "Gray Lady" of U.S. journalism for its reputation as a word-heavy newspaper, the Times reported a 20 percent decline in November ad revenues and saw overall numbers for the month down nearly 14 percent. Its stock has declined over the past year from about $15 a share to $6.41 at the end of last week.

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