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CATALYST Media Group has received the go-ahead to complete a pounds 23 million deal to buy a 20 per cent stake in SIS, the bettingshop pictures and information provider, from United Business Media.
Shareholders' meetings agreed a series of resolutions that have enabled Catalyst to acquire Alternatesport, the subsidiary set up by media giant UBM to handle its holding when SIS was founded in 1986.
The deal, which will officially go through tomorrow, is a life-saver for loss-making Catalyst, whose shares are expected to be reinstated to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) after suspension.
Chief executive and co-founder Paul Duffen Paul Duffen is Chief Executive Officer of Newsplayer Group plc and the chairman of Hull City.
He replaced Adam Pearson as chairman of Hull City in June 2007. Duffen said for the 2007-08 season he wants the team in the top half of the The Championship. warned Catalyst shareholders a month ago, when the agreement with UBM directors was first made public, that without it the company would either go under or start insolvency insolvency
Condition in which liabilities exceed assets so that creditors cannot be paid. It is a financial condition that often precedes bankruptcy. In the context of equity, insolvency is the inability to pay debts as they become due; insolvency under the balance-sheet procedures. Duffen will join the SIS board at its next meeting, while Catalyst non-executive director Michael Rosenburg is to become chairman, in place of David Holdgate, who resigned yesterday, and Anna Godsell is appointed finance director.
Holdgate, who is to remain on the Catalyst board as a non-executive director, provides a strong link between the two companies, since he is chief executive of SIS.
SIS chairman Howard Perlin said: "We welcome Catalyst to the company, and look forward to their participation at board meetings."
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