Republic swaps stox

The recapitalization of Republic Pictures Corp. was completed Tuesday at the annual shareholders meeting, it was announced by chairman/CEO Russell D. Goldsmith.

Recapitalization is part of the previously announced Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. transaction.

Blockbuster acquired 2.5 million shares for $ 25 million.

Republic also converted its class B common stock into 1.2 shares of new common stock, and its class A common stock into one share of the new common stock.

There are approximately 7.4 million shares (under the new symbol RPIC) issued and outstanding, of which Blockbusters owns some 35%.

A producer and distributor of theatrical and TV productions, Republic is known for its library of classic films, including “The Quiet Man,””It’s a Wonderful Life” and “High Noon.”

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