Do the Zell
Zell: It’s more than a name.
That’s what we concluded from a report by Gimme Credit, a company that publishes independent research on corporate bonds. The report — speculating about whether U.S. newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. could be a buyout target — came out a month ago, but somehow we overlooked a curious turn of phrase:
“We also think the [McClatchy] family would not do a Zell by adopting a leveraged employee stock ownership plan together with S-Corporation tax status.”
The reference, of course, is to Chicago real estate billionaire Sam Zell, who is leading a plan to take Tribune private for billions of dollars and set the company up as an employee-owned business.
To us it sounds more like a dance step, sort of in keeping with a man who calls himself the “grave dancer.”