custom publishing industry

closed 9/12/2018 via BusinessWire

MidOcean Partners, acquired Questex, LLC

synopsis: MidOcean Partners, a premier middle market private equity firm focused on the business services and consumer sectors, announced that it has acquired Questex, a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries.
buyer: MidOcean Partners
Established in 2003, MidOcean Partners is a premier New York-based alternative asset manager that specializes in middle market private equity and alternative credit investments. "
target parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
target: Questex, LLC
Questex is a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries. The company drives business investment, innovation and demand-creation in the markets it serves by bringing together investors, buyers, sellers and professionals.
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closed 9/17/2014 via BusinessWire

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired Questex Media Group Inc

synopsis: Questex, a leading global business information and events company, announced that Shamrock Capital Advisors has acquired the company in partnership with senior management.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital under management. The firm invests exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. "
target parent: Credit Suisse Group AG
target: Questex Media Group Inc
Questex is a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries. Quextex operates over 50 tradeshows, conferences, and other business events; they also have more than 100 business media and information products.
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closed 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Media Group Pte Ltd, acquired SG Magazine

synopsis: Media Group Pte Ltd, a digital, print and events media company, acquired SG Magazine from Asia City Media Group. Based in Singapore, SG Magazine is an established brand for city-based news, events, dining and nightlife. It offers a range of products and services which are aimed at the city’s most active and affluent young professionals.
buyer parent: KHL Printing Co Pte Ltd.
buyer: Media Group Pte Ltd
Media Group Pte Ltd is a digital, print and events media company. Their offerings include luxury titles as well as home and interior titles. Their customer content solutions division delivers monthly inflight magazines and special interest titles. "
target parent: Asia City Media Group Ltd
target: SG Magazine
Based in Singapore, SG Magazine is an established brand for city-based news, events, dining and nightlife. It is a fully digital company that offers a range of products and services which are aimed at the city’s most active and affluent young professionals. It also offers custom publishing.
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closed 10/6/2016 via BNC Analysis

Yellow Pages Limited, acquired Totem

synopsis: Yellow Pages has acquired Toronto-based custom content company Totem from TC Media. Totem operates as a custom publishing company in Canada. It offers branded content in custom publishing through magazine, personalized emails, catalogs, online, and video.
buyer: Yellow Pages Limited (TSX:Y:$630.09)
Yellow Pages Limited is a Canadian digital media and marketing solutions company that supports local economies by helping neighbourhood businesses reach new customers and foster stronger relationships with existing clients through its various media and products. "
target parent: TC Transcontinental
target: Totem
Totem operates as a custom publishing company in Canada. It offers branded content in custom publishing through magazine, personalized emails, catalogs, online, and video.
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closed 6/22/2016 via Company Press Release

Aller Media AB, acquired OTW Group AB

synopsis: Aller Media acquires OTW Group from Stampen. OTW is a content agency that specializes in digital, print and television. Each year they produce 40+ magazine titles, hundreds of hours of broadcast television and video, and a wide range of digital media.
buyer: Aller Media AB
Aller Media's mission is to create strong brands and content with high editorial quality. They have some of Sweden's best-known brands in magazines such as ELLE, cafe, MåBra, Swedish Women's Weekly, Elle Decoration, Allers, home's weekly newspaper, This Week, Femina and Residence. "
target parent: Stampen Media Group
target: OTW Group AB
OTW is a content agency that specializes in digital, print and television. Each year they produce 40+ magazine titles, hundreds of hours of broadcast television and video, and a wide range of digital media.
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closed 7/6/2015 via PR Newswire

McMurry/TMG, LLC merged with Manifest Digital,

synopsis: Manifest Digital, a leader in digital experience design, and McMURRY/TMG, the leader in omni-channel content creation and delivery, are combining to form Manifest, an agency that connects experience design, emerging technology and content to create innovative and compelling customer experiences for brands.
buyer: Manifest Digital
Manifest Digital is an agency that connects experience design, emerging technology and content to create innovative and compelling customer experiences for brands. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: McMurry/TMG, LLC
McMURRY/TMG is a leading content marketing and audience development agency in the U.S., dedicated to delivering strategic, transformative brand experiences that engage customers and drive measurable results. They help clients extend brands and deliver revenue through powerful, meaningful content.
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closed 4/9/2015 via BusinessWire

sandbox Group LLC, acquired Underline Communications, LLC

synopsis: Advertising agency sandbox Group announced the acquisition of Underline Communications, LLC, a relationship marketing agency. Since 2001, Underline Communications has been helping leading brands build valuable customer relationships through personalized communications and engaging digital experiences.
buyer: sandbox Group LLC
sandbox is a full service advertising agency established through the combination of complementary entrepreneurial firms that share the "play together well" ethos of collaboration, bringing highly specialized talent to their clients. "
target: Underline Communications, LLC
Underline Communications is a relationship marketing agency that connects businesses with customers through multi-channel communication programs. We work with some of the world’s best-known brands to help launch new products, increase customer engagement, and promote loyalty.
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closed 12/5/2014 via BusinessWire

MaXposure Media Group Pvt. Ltd., acquired MaXposure Media Group Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: The Johari Family has bought back the business of MaXposure Media Group, an integrated media solutions company spread across the dimensions of publishing, creative solutions, events and custom publishing, from Gruner + Jahr (the publishing division of European media conglomerate Bertelsmann).
buyer: MaXposure Media Group Pvt. Ltd.
Maxposure Media Group is an integrated media solutions company spread across the dimensions of publishing, creative solutions, events and custom publishing. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: MaXposure Media Group Pvt. Ltd.
Maxposure Media Group is an integrated media solutions company spread across the dimensions of publishing, creative solutions, events and custom publishing.
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closed 8/8/2013 via BusinessWire

Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, acquired Heritage Makers, L.L.C.

synopsis: Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, a nutritional and coffee company, announced the acquisition of Heritage Makers. Heritage Makers is a pioneer in the memory preservation and personal publishing industry dedicated to helping consumers showcase their photos and stories.
buyer parent: Youngevity International, Inc.
buyer: Youngevity Essential Life Sciences
Youngevity Essential Life Sciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AL International, Inc., is a nutritional and coffee company dedicated to improving lifestyles through vibrant health and flourishing economics. "
target: Heritage Makers, L.L.C.
Founded in 2004, Heritage Makers is a direct selling organization with more than 1,200 independent "Heritage Consultants" that markets custom published products through in-home presentations called "Heritage Celebrations."
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closed 1/7/2013 via PR Newswire

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired McMurry/TMG, LLC

synopsis: McMurry and TMG Custom Media, two industry-leading content marketing pioneers, have merged to create the nation's largest independent full-service content marketing agency. The Wicks Group of Companies has taken a majority ownership stake in the new company, which will be called McMurry/TMG, LLC.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a private equity firm based in New York City that invests in lower-middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education and media industries principally in the United States and Canada. "
target: McMurry/TMG, LLC
McMurry/TMG, LLC provides a comprehensive range of content marketing services, including content strategy, content creation in all popular forms, content distribution and campaign analytics, to an array of businesses, associations and institutions.
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closed 2/2/2011 via Market Wire

Smart Business Network Inc., acquired Wise Group

synopsis: Smart Business Network Inc., one of the nation's largest networks of local and custom B2B marketing channels, has announced its acquisition of Wise Group, a leading Northeast Ohio custom content firm, to expand its Smart Business Content Marketing Division.
buyer: Smart Business Network Inc.
Smart Business Network Inc. is one of the nation's largest networks of local and custom B2B marketing channels. Its Smart Business Content Marketing Division provides custom content marketing products and services to leading companies in a broad range of industries. "
target: Wise Group
Wise Group is a leading Northeast Ohio custom content firm whose projects include Advertising Supported Projects, Magazines, Custom Digital Projects, Newsletters, Event Marketing, Commemorative Editions and Collateral.
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closed 4/2/2007 via Company Press Release

Ten Alps plc, acquired Atalink Ltd.

synopsis: Media group Ten Alps Plc announces the purchase from Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC of the entire issued share capital of Atalink Limited. Ten Alps has paid #1.761m on completion. A further payment will be made, on a pound for pound basis, for the net current assets of the co. as at 30th March 2007, on agreement of the completion accounts.
buyer: Ten Alps plc (AIM:ZIN:$26.22)
Ten Alps provides content and advertising across all the media outlets simultaneously, including TV and radio programmes, websites, online TV, live events and over 600 specialist publications. "
target parent: Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
target: Atalink Ltd.
For over 20 years Atalink has been producing targeted media solutions in partnership with some of the UK's most influential organisations and companies. Building on our success as a leading specialist publisher, we offer a full range of media solutions, spanning print and new media.
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$3.64
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$9
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closed 2/24/2006 via PR Newswire

Aquent LLC, acquired Sakson & Taylor

synopsis: Global professional services firm Aquent announces the acquisition of Sakson & Taylor, a leading content design and development firm. The acquisition creates the largest database of content design and development experts worldwide and gives Aquent even greater access to qualified talent and expertise to meet the needs of technology companies.
buyer: Aquent LLC
For more than twenty years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilize marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquent's pioneering approach to staffing and services has helped thousands of companies build their internal marketing and communications."
target: Sakson & Taylor
Sakson & Taylor is a leading content design and development firm. We make content powerful by aligning our content development solutions with our clients’ business needs.
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closed 1/30/2006 via Company Description

Motivcom plc, acquired Summersault Communications

synopsis: January 2006: P&MM Group plc purchased Summersault Communications Limited, a publishing company specialising in newsletters and magazines for employees, business to business and customers.
buyer: Motivcom plc
Motivcom plc is a leading marketing services group dedicated to improving the performance of businesses throughout the UK and Europe. "
target: Summersault Communications
Summersault Communications, Ltd. operates as a communication company in the United Kingdom. Its publications include coverage of events, training manuals, newsletters, newsmagazines, newspapers, research and policy documents, corporate and recruitment brochures, and change management.
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closed 10/31/2005 via BNC Analysis

McMurry Publishing, Inc., acquired Media 3 Publications

synopsis: McMurry, Arizona’s largest marketing communications firm and one of the nation’s leading custom publishers, announced today that it has acquired Atlanta based custom publisher Media 3 Publications.
buyer: McMurry Publishing, Inc.
McMurry, offers integrated marketing, advertising, online & public relations, custom publishing & database management services to a variety of clientele, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Amtrak, CBS & 24 Hour Fitness, as well as professional development services for corporate professionals."
target: Media 3 Publications
Media 3 Publications is a custom publisher. The Media 3 portfolio includes clients from coast-to-coast including Wachovia, AmSouth, Synovus Financial Corp. and Associated Banc-Corp.
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closed 9/21/2005 via PR Newswire

MyFamily.com, Inc., acquired Heritage Makers, L.L.C.

synopsis: MyFamily.com, Inc., the leading online network connecting families, present and past, announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Heritage Makers, L.L.C., a Springville, Utah, company that helps people discover, preserve, and celebrate their family heritage.
buyer: MyFamily.com, Inc.
The Generations Network, is the leading online network connecting families across distance and time. The Generations Network, Inc. provides people the content, community, and technology to empower them to find the people most important to them -- and discover and share their unique family stories. "
target: Heritage Makers, L.L.C.
Founded in 2004, Heritage Makers is a direct selling organization with more than 1,200 independent "Heritage Consultants" that markets custom published products through in-home presentations called "Heritage Celebrations."
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announced 8/17/2011 via BNC Analysis

Exponent Private Equity, will purchase 34 Magazine Titles from BBC Worldwide Limited

synopsis: BBC Worldwide has agreed on a sale of its assets, covering 34 magazine titles, to Exponent. These include non-BBC branded magazines, magazines aligned to BBC shows, magazines aligned to "key brands," Dovetail and Frontline, which are respectively subscriptions fulfillment and distribution houses, and Origin, a specialist publisher.
buyer: Exponent Private Equity
Exponent is a private equity firm that invests in UK headquartered businesses. Exponent focuses on buy-outs and buy-ins of UK-based companies with values of between £75m-£350m. "
seller parent: British Broadcasting Corporation
seller: BBC Worldwide Limited
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is a fast-growing media and entertainment company. BBC Worldwide manages seven operating businesses - Channels, Sales & Distribution, Magazines and Children's & Licensing, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Digital, and Global Brands.
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closed 4/9/2010 via BusinessWeek

Better Capital, Ltd., purchased Reader's Digest UK from The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

synopsis: The British arm of Reader's Digest was pulled out of bankruptcy by Jon Moulton's Better Capital private equity firm. Reader's Digest Association Ltd. will continue to be published under its well-known name after its buyers struck a license agreement with its former U.S. parent, the Reader's Digest Association Inc.
buyer: Better Capital, Ltd.
Better Capital Limited is a newly established limited liability, closed-ended investment company, which has been incorporated in Guernsey with an unlimited life and registered with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC") as a Registered Closed-ended Collective Investment Scheme. "
seller parent: Ripplewood Holdings LLC
seller: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. is a global multi-brand media and marketing company that educates, entertains and connects audiences around the world. It publishes 94 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest-circulation magazine.
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closed 6/7/2007 via PR Newswire

Questex Media Group Inc, acquired Imaging Network

synopsis: Questex Media Group, Inc. has acquired Imaging Network, a leading business-to-business multimedia marketing company serving the office products channel with the award-winning, Las Vegas-based ITEX tradeshow, imageSource, Office World News and Office Furniture & Design publications, e-newsletters, and Web sites and strong custom publishing unit.
buyer parent: Audax Group
buyer: Questex Media Group Inc
Questex Media Group, Inc. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media provider. The company’s properties include 23 trade publications, 25 conferences and tradeshows, as well as a host of databases and online media brands. "
target: Imaging Network
Imaging Network is a leading business-to- business multimedia company which for over a decade has provided essential information to dealers and resellers in the office technology, office product and office furniture fields through its publications, websites and events.
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closed 5/3/2007 via PR Newswire

American Community Newpaper, acquired CM Media Inc.

synopsis: American Community Newspaper and it's new parent Courtside Acquisition Corp have purchased CM Media for $44 million. The acquisition price of C.M. Media is approximately 11.9 times EBITDA for the twelve months ended March 31, 2007.
buyer parent: Courtside Acquisition Corp.
buyer: American Community Newpaper
American Community Newspapers is a group of 3 daily and 61 weekly newspapers and 4 niche publications which reaches in excess of one million households. The Company's core operations consist of a 44 publication, clustered newspaper group located in and around the Minneapolis, St. Paul area. "
target parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
target: CM Media Inc.
CM Media includes Columbus Monthly, The Other Paper, Suburban News Publications, a group of 22 community weekly newspapers, Columbus C.E.O., a monthly business magazine, and Columbus Bride, a twice annual bridal resource and tradeshow and other publications. Circulation is approximately 410,000.
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$44
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$4
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