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Special Report: Media M&A on the rebound
February 14, 2013

he b-to-b media industry has seen a recent surge in M&A deals, capping a year in which the sector showed signs of renewed strength. In just the first week of the new year, publishers announced these deals:

  • Farm Journal Media acquired a majority stake in Commodity Update, a mobile media company serving the agriculture industry.
  • Hanley Wood acquired Metrostudy, a provider of research, data, analytics and consulting services to the housing industry.
  • MediaTec Publishing acquired Workforce Management from Crain Communications Inc.
  • Nielsen Holdings acquired the Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show and the Tailgating Industry Association.

RBI Puts Variety up for Sale
March 26, 2012

Los Angeles—Reed Business Information has put its century-old entertainment industry brand Variety on the block.

RBI CEO Mark Kelsey was quoted in a story on the Variety website as saying: “Variety is an iconic title serving the film and entertainment industry for more than 100 years. With RBI's increasing focus on data services, and the sale of our other U.S. print magazines, it now makes sense for us to sell the business.

Deal Between Lebhar-Friedman and Penton Shows Impact of Debt
December 23, 2010

Last week Lebhar-Friedman Inc. sold its flagship title, Nation’s Restaurant News, to Penton Media in an all-cash deal.

The two parties to this deal have much in common. Both are in different stages of grappling with debt that had pinned them down in the recession and left them unable to pursue growth strategies.

Tips for Evaluating and Profiting From Acquistions
June 1, 2006

Last month, Hanley Wood acquired Alexander and Edwards (A&E), a San Francisco-based publisher of two housing finance magazines (see news brief on p. 25). The purchase rounds out Hanley Wood’s portfolio of housing publications and conferences. Hanley Wood Magazines President Peter Goldstone discussed the deal with Publishing Executive and shared his philosophies on acquisitions within the publishing industry. Publishing Executive: Peter, can you describe what goes into the acquisition process from your company’s end as the buyer? Peter Goldstone: First and foremost, [you ask]: is [the company] a strategic fit? Does the entity we’re pursuing help us fulfill a strategic imperative