2006 Media and Information Industries M&A Activity Jumps: $60B in 637 Deals

M&A activity in media and information industries flourished in 2006 with 637 transactions valued at more than $60 billion, according to The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI), the New York-based investment banking firm that specializes in media and information.

Led by growing consolidation in the Marketing & Interactive Services and Online Media sectors and aggressive private equity activity, 2006 smashed the 2005 records by 18% in deal activity and 12% in total deal value.  VNU purchase by private equity group for $11 billion was the largest deal in 2006. 

Leading sectors for 2006 M&A activity:

  • Business-to-business magazines (value up 140%); 

  • Consumer magazines (activity up 32%); 

  • Educational and professional publishing (value up 244%); 

  • Exhibitions and conferences (activity up 53%); 

  • Marketing and interactive services (activity up 42%; value up 69%); 

  • Newspaper publishing (value up 144%); 

  • Online media (activity up 55%).

 

Media and Information Industries M&A Activity

Industry Sector 2006 2005
  #Deals Value ($M) #Deals Value ($M)

Business-to-Business Magazines

42

6,015

46

2,506

Consumer Books

10

3,506

7

49

Consumer Magazines

45

1,861

34

2,512

Database Information Services

41

1,892

41

2,132

Directory & Reference Publishing

18

5,843

27

16,689

Educational & Professional Publishing

12

3,756

25

1,093

Exhibitions & Conferences

52

875

34

2,164

Marketing & Interactive Services

141

17,455

99

10,335

Newsletter Publishing

21

108

18

151

Newspaper Publishing

74

10,355

94

4,246

Online Media

181

8,945

117

12,132

Total

637

$60,611

542

$54,008

Source: JEGI Transaction Database
Note:
The $11 billion purchase price of VNU has been allocated (based on revenue growth generated by each division) across the following sectors: business magazines; exhibitions and conferences; and marketing & interactive services.

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