Mergers & Acquisitions

Trade Association SGIA Acquires NAPCO Media
August 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), a non-profit trade group for digital and screen printing professionals, announced that it has acquired NAPCO Media, Publishing Executive’s parent company and the publisher of multiple brands serving the printing, promotional products, retail, non-profit, media, and marketing industries. The presidents of the two organizations discuss the strategic sale in this exclusive Q&A.

'Weak' Quad and LSC Offered to Shed Assets, But Feds Said No
July 23, 2019 at 7:48 am

Quad and LSC Communications offered to divest assets to win approval of their proposed merger but were unable to reach a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Quad (AKA Quad/Graphics) revealed the offer last week in its response to Justice’s lawsuit that seeks to block the merger of the two large printing companies on antitrust…

Publishing Insiders React to Sale of National Distributor Curtis Circulation
July 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

It’s the dawn of a new era: The last remaining national distributor, the ANC-owned Comag Marketing Group, has bought the second-to-last remaining one, Curtis Circulation Company; and if I’m doing my math right, that puts us down to one. One company to interact with publishers, do their billing, manage their distribution, handle their marketing. One…

Judge Delays Quad-LSC Merger
July 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

In another sign that Quad’s proposed acquisition of rival printer LSC Communications isn't going as planned, a federal judge has rejected the printers' request for an expedited trial. That could delay the deal’s closing until next year, months after the “mid-2019” date the companies’ leaders projected when they announced the deal on October 31, 2018.…

Press Release: Comag Marketing to Acquire National Distribution Business of Curtis Circulation Company
July 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

Comag Marketing Group, LLC (CMG), a subsidiary of American News Company, LLC (ANC), this week announced that it has reached an agreement with Curtis Circulation Company, LLC (Curtis) to acquire Curtis' national distribution business, effective as of October 1, 2019. Curtis will remain responsible for all obligations and services under its publisher agreements for publications having an on-sale date prior to October 1, 2019.

Press Release: Second Street Acquires Niche Media
May 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm

ST. LOUIS - Second Street announced today the acquisition of Niche Media, an organization dedicated to helping publishers generate revenue via print, digital, and events. This acquisition further expands Second Street’s role as an educator for media. Currently, Second Street alone offers numerous educational resources including the Second Street Lab, Summit, sales workshops, and webinars.…

Analysis: Will Quad Acquisition of LSC Communication Pass DOJ Antitrust Review, Negatively Impact Competitors?
April 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

Peter Schaefer, a principal at New Direction Partners, and Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions, predict how the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Div., will rule on the pending acquisition of LSC by Quad. They also discuss — assuming the deal gets finalized — how it will ultimately impact the magazine and book printing landscape, and…

New Condé Nast CEO Signals Big Swings Ahead
April 5, 2019 at 9:25 am

With a new global chief executive officer, the future of Condé Nast beyond magazines is starting to come into focus. Roger Lynch, an executive who started off as an investment banker and moved on to various roles in TV and most recently served as ceo of Pandora…

Medium Buys Bay Area Mag The Bold Italic to Add to its Paywall
February 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Medium  is seeking to juice up its premium subscription content in its home market with the acquisition of The Bold Italic. The 10-year-old online culture magazine will go behind the $5 per month Medium membership paywall. The deal will keep The Bold Italic afloat when other San Francisco-local publications have struggled, following the shutdown of the The Oakland Tribune an SFist,…