By Professional Services Division

closed 8/31/2007 via Berkery

BNP Media, acquired Professional Services Division

synopsis: Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC, the leading independent investment bank serving the information, media and technology markets, announces that it represented BNP Media in its acquisition of the Professional Services Division of Ascend Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer: BNP Media
BNP Media provides business information through a portfolio of magazines, websites, conferences, tradeshows and market research. BNP specializes in the food, beverage & packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture & construction, mechanical systems, and safety & security markets. "
target parent: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
target: Professional Services Division
The Professional Services Division consists mainly of the former Stagnito Communications, which came to Ascend as part of its acquisition of Medical World Communications acquisition in 2005. The Professional Services Division is comprised of 17 magazines in the food, beverage and packaging spaces.
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announced 4/1/2010 via PR Newswire

Ideal Media, LLC will be merged with CSP Information Group, Inc.,

synopsis: Ideal Media LLC agreed to merge the assets of its food service portfolio into CSP Information Group, Inc. Ideal Media's foodservice portfolio includes Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, and Institutional Distribution (ID), the MenuDirections conference, as well as MonkeyDish.com and FoodServiceDirector.com.
buyer: CSP Information Group, Inc.
CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP and Fare magazines, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience retailing and on-the-go food industries. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: Ideal Media, LLC
Ideal Media LLC owns and operates Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, Beverage World and iSixSigma magazines, MonkeyDish.com and MyID Access web portal. Ideal Media LLC is headquartered in Chicago, IL with a satellite office in New York, NY.
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closed 3/10/2010 via Company Press Release

Stagnito, Inc., purchased Retail Food Group from Nielsen Business Media

synopsis: Stagnito Media announced that it has acquired the Retail Food Group from Nielsen Business Media through its wholly owned subsidiary, Food Media Group. The Retail Food Group is comprised of four leading brands; Convenuence Store News, Convenuence Store News for The Single Store Owner, Progressive Grocer, and The Gourmet Retailer.
buyer parent: Cardinal Growth LLC
buyer: Stagnito, Inc.
Stagnito, Inc. was established in 2009 by Harry Stagnito, Kyle Stagnito, Kollin Stagnito, and Ned Bardic, professionals with more than 100 years of cumulative, successful media experience. "
seller parent: The Nielsen Company, Inc.
seller: Nielsen Business Media (NYSE:EEX:$400.50)
With 42 publications, over 135 trade shows and conferences, and 195 digital products and services, Nielsen Business Media offers insight, analysis and face-to-face contacts to help professionals better understand their markets, serve their customers and grow their businesses.
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closed 11/5/2007 via PR Newswire

M2Media360, acquired NaturalFoodNet

synopsis: M2MEDIA360 announces the acquisition of NaturalFoodNet, the print and online information source for professionals in natural and organic food supply. The NaturalFoodNet brand includes Natural Food Network magazine, The Certified Organic Food Directory, NaturalFoodNet.com, and other published products.
buyer: M2Media360
M2MEDIA360 is a business-to-business media company with separate, distinct and highly vertical properties. M2MEDIA360's print and online products offer traditional and new methods for marketing and educating readers in the food, beverage, petroleum, jewelry, geospatial and horticulture industries. "
target: NaturalFoodNet
NaturalFoodNet, a division of One World Media, LLC, is comprised of a bi- monthly magazine, Web site, e-newsletters, directory and business intelligence which collectively inform and connect buyers and sellers in the natural and organic food industry.
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closed 8/31/2007 via Berkery

BNP Media, acquired Professional Services Division

synopsis: Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC, the leading independent investment bank serving the information, media and technology markets, announces that it represented BNP Media in its acquisition of the Professional Services Division of Ascend Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer: BNP Media
BNP Media provides business information through a portfolio of magazines, websites, conferences, tradeshows and market research. BNP specializes in the food, beverage & packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture & construction, mechanical systems, and safety & security markets. "
target parent: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
target: Professional Services Division
The Professional Services Division consists mainly of the former Stagnito Communications, which came to Ascend as part of its acquisition of Medical World Communications acquisition in 2005. The Professional Services Division is comprised of 17 magazines in the food, beverage and packaging spaces.
price ($mm)
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closed 7/31/2007 via BNC Analysis

Sosland Publishing Company, purchased Meat Industry Group from Watt Publishing Co.

synopsis: Sosland Publishing Co. announced it has acquired Watt Publishing Co.’s Meat Industry Group, including Meat Processing North America, Meat Processing Global and the affiliated on-line properties, which include Meatnews.com and Meat Safety Solutions.
buyer parent: Sosland Companies
buyer: Sosland Publishing Company
Sosland Publishing Company is the leading information provider for the food industries, with a portfolio that includes online communities, print magazines, newsletters, directories, reference books and industry conferences. "
seller: Watt Publishing Co.
Watt Publishing Company publishes agribusiness and food-processing magazines, as well as periodicals on the furniture and woodworking industries.
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closed 1/24/2007 via BusinessWire

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., acquired Carpe Diem Communications

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has acquired three controlled-circulation publications from Carpe Diem Communications, Inc., of Yardley, Pennsylvania. The acquisition expands Wiley’s global controlled-circulation portfolio of life and physical science offerings.
buyer: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A:$1,800.07)
John Wiley & Sons is a global publisher of print and electronic products, specializing in scientific, technical, and medical books and journals; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and textbooks and other educational materials for students as well as lifelong learners. "
target: Carpe Diem Communications
Carpe Diem Communications, Inc. publishes three controlled-circulation publications: Food Quality, PFQ (Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality), and Contamination Control.
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closed 12/13/2010 via Company Press Release

Penton Media, acquired Nation's Restaurant News

synopsis: Penton, a leading, independent, business-to-business media company, has acquired Nation’s Restaurant News from Lebhar-Friedman. NRN’s readers are made up of the decision-makers in the foodservice industry, from operation managers to owners and senior management.
buyer parent: Wasserstein & Co., LP
buyer: Penton Media
Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 96 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. "
target parent: Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.
target: Nation's Restaurant News
Nation's Restaurant News is an American trade publication that covers the foodservice industry, including restaurants, restaurant chains, operations, marketing, and events.
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closed 9/1/2015 via PR Newswire

Winsight, LLC, acquired Technomic Information Services

synopsis: Winsight, LLC, a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries, announced that it has acquired Technomic, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry.
buyer: Winsight, LLC
Winsight, LLC is a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio of four leading publications, a suite of digital products, and more. "
target: Technomic Information Services
Technomic is the "go-to" source for food and foodservice industry data, intelligence and commentary. They impact growth and profitability for their clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights.
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closed 6/28/2016 via Company Press Release

Hubert Burda Media, acquired StockFood GmbH

synopsis: The Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world.
buyer: Hubert Burda Media
Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany's largest media groups. With a strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market, it has been growing for several years. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. "
target: StockFood GmbH
StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world
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closed 5/9/2013 via PR Newswire

Converge Global, Inc., acquired Chefinesse, Inc.

synopsis: Converge Global, Inc. announced that it has acquired Chefinesse, Inc., an Ontario Corporation, and its related domains including: www.chefinesse.com. Chefinesse will become a retail division focused primarily on a niche market, sophisticated and passionate about the hospitality and tourism industries.
buyer: Converge Global, Inc. (CVRG:$0.00)
Converge Global, Inc. seeks potential acquisitions, encourages strategic alliances and assesses business development to support and expand its tiered network and corporate growth. "
target: Chefinesse, Inc.
Chefinesse.com is a retail portal for gourmet connoisseurs to access and purchase quality products and value added services. Chefinesse will produce a 16 page magazine supplement with related advertising, in print and online, with "Preferred Magazine" to be featured in their Summer 2013 issue.
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closed 7/25/2006 via BusinessWire

Information Resources, Inc., acquired Secant, Inc.

synopsis: Information Resources, Inc. the world's leading provider of enterprise market information solutions has acquired the assets of Secant, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol consultancy and information provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of innovative data acquisition, transformation and reporting applications.
buyer parent: Symphony Technology Group
buyer: Information Resources, Inc.
IRI is the world's leading provider of consumer, shopper, and retail market intelligence and insights supporting 95 percent of the FORTUNE Global 500 consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail and healthcare companies. "
target: Secant, Inc.
Secant, Inc. specializes in the consumer packaged goods and beverage alcohol industries. Secant understands the complexities of the alcohol beverage industry environment and the need for data collaboration and insights throughout the value chain.
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closed 2/22/2006 via BusinessWire

ACNielsen Corporation, acquired Beverage Data Network

synopsis: ACNielsen U.S., a subsidiary of VNU, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Beverage Data Network (BDN), the leading supplier of wholesaler sales data to the wines and spirits industry.
buyer parent: Valcon Acquisition BV
buyer: ACNielsen Corporation
With operations in more than 90 countries, ACNielsen (separate from Nielsen Media Research) is the world's top compiler of consumer data. The company's measurement and analysis services include bar code scanning and store audits, consumer panels, and customized research. "
target: Beverage Data Network
Beverage Data Network (BDN) collects, validates and delivers actual product movement data, tracked from the supplier to the wholesale distributor to the retailer.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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announced 4/1/2010 via PR Newswire

Ideal Media, LLC will be merged with CSP Information Group, Inc.,

synopsis: Ideal Media LLC agreed to merge the assets of its food service portfolio into CSP Information Group, Inc. Ideal Media's foodservice portfolio includes Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, and Institutional Distribution (ID), the MenuDirections conference, as well as MonkeyDish.com and FoodServiceDirector.com.
buyer: CSP Information Group, Inc.
CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP and Fare magazines, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience retailing and on-the-go food industries. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: Ideal Media, LLC
Ideal Media LLC owns and operates Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, Beverage World and iSixSigma magazines, MonkeyDish.com and MyID Access web portal. Ideal Media LLC is headquartered in Chicago, IL with a satellite office in New York, NY.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 3/10/2010 via Company Press Release

Stagnito, Inc., purchased Retail Food Group from Nielsen Business Media

synopsis: Stagnito Media announced that it has acquired the Retail Food Group from Nielsen Business Media through its wholly owned subsidiary, Food Media Group. The Retail Food Group is comprised of four leading brands; Convenuence Store News, Convenuence Store News for The Single Store Owner, Progressive Grocer, and The Gourmet Retailer.
buyer parent: Cardinal Growth LLC
buyer: Stagnito, Inc.
Stagnito, Inc. was established in 2009 by Harry Stagnito, Kyle Stagnito, Kollin Stagnito, and Ned Bardic, professionals with more than 100 years of cumulative, successful media experience. "
seller parent: The Nielsen Company, Inc.
seller: Nielsen Business Media (NYSE:EEX:$400.50)
With 42 publications, over 135 trade shows and conferences, and 195 digital products and services, Nielsen Business Media offers insight, analysis and face-to-face contacts to help professionals better understand their markets, serve their customers and grow their businesses.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/5/2007 via PR Newswire

M2Media360, acquired NaturalFoodNet

synopsis: M2MEDIA360 announces the acquisition of NaturalFoodNet, the print and online information source for professionals in natural and organic food supply. The NaturalFoodNet brand includes Natural Food Network magazine, The Certified Organic Food Directory, NaturalFoodNet.com, and other published products.
buyer: M2Media360
M2MEDIA360 is a business-to-business media company with separate, distinct and highly vertical properties. M2MEDIA360's print and online products offer traditional and new methods for marketing and educating readers in the food, beverage, petroleum, jewelry, geospatial and horticulture industries. "
target: NaturalFoodNet
NaturalFoodNet, a division of One World Media, LLC, is comprised of a bi- monthly magazine, Web site, e-newsletters, directory and business intelligence which collectively inform and connect buyers and sellers in the natural and organic food industry.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/31/2007 via Berkery

BNP Media, acquired Professional Services Division

synopsis: Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC, the leading independent investment bank serving the information, media and technology markets, announces that it represented BNP Media in its acquisition of the Professional Services Division of Ascend Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer: BNP Media
BNP Media provides business information through a portfolio of magazines, websites, conferences, tradeshows and market research. BNP specializes in the food, beverage & packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture & construction, mechanical systems, and safety & security markets. "
target parent: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
target: Professional Services Division
The Professional Services Division consists mainly of the former Stagnito Communications, which came to Ascend as part of its acquisition of Medical World Communications acquisition in 2005. The Professional Services Division is comprised of 17 magazines in the food, beverage and packaging spaces.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/31/2007 via BNC Analysis

Sosland Publishing Company, purchased Meat Industry Group from Watt Publishing Co.

synopsis: Sosland Publishing Co. announced it has acquired Watt Publishing Co.’s Meat Industry Group, including Meat Processing North America, Meat Processing Global and the affiliated on-line properties, which include Meatnews.com and Meat Safety Solutions.
buyer parent: Sosland Companies
buyer: Sosland Publishing Company
Sosland Publishing Company is the leading information provider for the food industries, with a portfolio that includes online communities, print magazines, newsletters, directories, reference books and industry conferences. "
seller: Watt Publishing Co.
Watt Publishing Company publishes agribusiness and food-processing magazines, as well as periodicals on the furniture and woodworking industries.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/24/2007 via BusinessWire

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., acquired Carpe Diem Communications

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has acquired three controlled-circulation publications from Carpe Diem Communications, Inc., of Yardley, Pennsylvania. The acquisition expands Wiley’s global controlled-circulation portfolio of life and physical science offerings.
buyer: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A:$1,800.07)
John Wiley & Sons is a global publisher of print and electronic products, specializing in scientific, technical, and medical books and journals; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and textbooks and other educational materials for students as well as lifelong learners. "
target: Carpe Diem Communications
Carpe Diem Communications, Inc. publishes three controlled-circulation publications: Food Quality, PFQ (Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality), and Contamination Control.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/13/2010 via Company Press Release

Penton Media, acquired Nation's Restaurant News

synopsis: Penton, a leading, independent, business-to-business media company, has acquired Nation’s Restaurant News from Lebhar-Friedman. NRN’s readers are made up of the decision-makers in the foodservice industry, from operation managers to owners and senior management.
buyer parent: Wasserstein & Co., LP
buyer: Penton Media
Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 96 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. "
target parent: Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.
target: Nation's Restaurant News
Nation's Restaurant News is an American trade publication that covers the foodservice industry, including restaurants, restaurant chains, operations, marketing, and events.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/1/2015 via PR Newswire

Winsight, LLC, acquired Technomic Information Services

synopsis: Winsight, LLC, a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries, announced that it has acquired Technomic, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry.
buyer: Winsight, LLC
Winsight, LLC is a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio of four leading publications, a suite of digital products, and more. "
target: Technomic Information Services
Technomic is the "go-to" source for food and foodservice industry data, intelligence and commentary. They impact growth and profitability for their clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/28/2016 via Company Press Release

Hubert Burda Media, acquired StockFood GmbH

synopsis: The Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world.
buyer: Hubert Burda Media
Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany's largest media groups. With a strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market, it has been growing for several years. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. "
target: StockFood GmbH
StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/9/2013 via PR Newswire

Converge Global, Inc., acquired Chefinesse, Inc.

synopsis: Converge Global, Inc. announced that it has acquired Chefinesse, Inc., an Ontario Corporation, and its related domains including: www.chefinesse.com. Chefinesse will become a retail division focused primarily on a niche market, sophisticated and passionate about the hospitality and tourism industries.
buyer: Converge Global, Inc. (CVRG:$0.00)
Converge Global, Inc. seeks potential acquisitions, encourages strategic alliances and assesses business development to support and expand its tiered network and corporate growth. "
target: Chefinesse, Inc.
Chefinesse.com is a retail portal for gourmet connoisseurs to access and purchase quality products and value added services. Chefinesse will produce a 16 page magazine supplement with related advertising, in print and online, with "Preferred Magazine" to be featured in their Summer 2013 issue.
price ($mm)
$0.05
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/25/2006 via BusinessWire

Information Resources, Inc., acquired Secant, Inc.

synopsis: Information Resources, Inc. the world's leading provider of enterprise market information solutions has acquired the assets of Secant, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol consultancy and information provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of innovative data acquisition, transformation and reporting applications.
buyer parent: Symphony Technology Group
buyer: Information Resources, Inc.
IRI is the world's leading provider of consumer, shopper, and retail market intelligence and insights supporting 95 percent of the FORTUNE Global 500 consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail and healthcare companies. "
target: Secant, Inc.
Secant, Inc. specializes in the consumer packaged goods and beverage alcohol industries. Secant understands the complexities of the alcohol beverage industry environment and the need for data collaboration and insights throughout the value chain.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/22/2006 via BusinessWire

ACNielsen Corporation, acquired Beverage Data Network

synopsis: ACNielsen U.S., a subsidiary of VNU, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Beverage Data Network (BDN), the leading supplier of wholesaler sales data to the wines and spirits industry.
buyer parent: Valcon Acquisition BV
buyer: ACNielsen Corporation
With operations in more than 90 countries, ACNielsen (separate from Nielsen Media Research) is the world's top compiler of consumer data. The company's measurement and analysis services include bar code scanning and store audits, consumer panels, and customized research. "
target: Beverage Data Network
Beverage Data Network (BDN) collects, validates and delivers actual product movement data, tracked from the supplier to the wholesale distributor to the retailer.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA

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