Fairfax and Nine Entertainment share prices hit hard ahead of merger

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The Fairfax Media (ASX:FXJ) and Nine Entertainment (ASX:NEC) share prices have slumped ahead of their planned merger after Fairfax flagged a five per cent drop in revenue.

The 177-year-old media group on Friday said group revenue for the financial year-to-date was down five per cent on the prior corresponding period, with falls across its metro media newspaper division, community media and New Zealand unit Stuff.

Property listings group Domain Holdings (ASX:DHG), which is 59.4 per cent owned by Fairfax. boosted digital revenue six per cent but its total revenue was one per cent lower.

Fairfax spun off Domain last year, retaining a stake. The Domain share price fell 40 cents or 12.5 per cent to $2.80

Nine announced its takeover of Fairfax on July 26 in a deal that will create a $4 billion media giant.

The two companies expect the deal to be completed before December 31, subject to regulatory approval.

Fairfax reported a net loss of $63.8 million for FY2018 with its revenue diving 3.1 per cent to $1.69 billion.

Fairfax shares were down more than 10 per cent to 69.5 cents while Nine Entertainment shares were down 10 per cent to $1.89 at 1030 AEDT.

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