Hearst 'poised to add Elle to its publishing stable'

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Hearst Corporation, owner of British magazine publisher NatMag, is on the verge of adding Elle to its magazine roster, according to a report published over the weekend.

The US media giant is about to acquire the international magazines arm of Lagardère for £550m, according to the Sunday Times (paywall protected).

Under the deal, Lagardère will retain ownership of Elle but a licensing deal that will allow Hearst to publish it ‘at a cost of more than £10m a year”.

Lagardère, the French owner of UK magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi, entered exclusive talks with Hearst last month over the sale of its international press and magazine businesses.

The two companies issued a joint statement on New Year’s Eve outlining how exclusive negotiations would be in place until 30 January over a possible cash sale.

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