Like BMG Rights Management GmbH

closed 4/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Bertelsmann AG, acquired BMG Rights Management GmbH

synopsis: German media giant Bertelsmann has completed its takeover of music rights group BMG, buying the 51 percent stake held by private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to secure full control of BMG.
buyer: Bertelsmann AG
Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Their content is contributed by RTL Group, Random House, Gruner + Jahr, and also Arvato and Direct Group in more than 50 countries. Bertelsmann’s claim is to inspire people around the world with first-class media and communications offerings. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG Rights Management is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. They cover the entire range of rights administration, development, and funding of new master recordings and exploitation worldwide.
price ($mm)
$500*
rev ($mm)
$264
EBITDA ($mm)
$66
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3.6x
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14.3x
closed 9/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music, acquired Victory Records

synopsis: Growing indie powerhouse Concord Music has acquired Victory Records, the Chicago-based punk and emo label founded by Tony Brummel in 1989. As part of the deal, Concord has also acquired Brummel's Another Victory Publishing catalog.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Victory Records
Victory Records is the Chicago-based punk and emo label founded by Tony Brummel in 1989. It also operates a music publishing company called "Another Victory, Inc." and is the distributor of several smaller independent record labels. It has featured many prominent post-hardcore and metalcore artists.
price ($mm)
$31
rev ($mm)
$5
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EV / rev
6.4x
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announced 8/23/2019 via BusinessWire

Hasbro, Inc., will acquire Entertainment One Ltd

synopsis: Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Entertainment One, a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content.
buyer: Hasbro, Inc. (HAS:$4,681.38)
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands. "
target: Entertainment One Ltd (LSE:ETO:$1,173.08)
Entertainment One is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content.
price ($mm)[EV]
$3,420 [$4,001]
rev ($mm)
$1,144
EBITDA ($mm)
$136
EV / rev
3.7x
EV / EBITDA
30.7x
closed 6/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music, acquired Sikorski

synopsis: Concord, an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, has acquired historic classical music publisher The Sikorski Music Publishing Group, home to a wide range of major works by legendary composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Dmitri Kabalevsky and Alfred Schnittke.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Sikorski
Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski is an international sheet music publishing company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The music publishing firm of Hans Sikorski was founded in 1935 and now comprises more than 30 publishers in several European countries and in the USA.
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closed 6/3/2019 via BNC Analysis

Mojo Music & Media Group Limited, acquired Chelsea Music Publishing

synopsis: Mojo Music & Media, a next generation music rights company, has acquired a majority stake in Chelsea Music Publishing, a London-based indie music publisher. Chelsea Music’s repertoire features more than 80 charted UK and international hits. Their portfolio includes standards recorded by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, The Hollies, and more.
buyer: Mojo Music & Media Group Limited
Mojo Music & Media is a next generation music rights company, offering both best-of-breed music publishing and custom full-service brand and legacy marketing for a select group of the most iconic songwriters and musicians in the world and their contemporary counterparts. "
target: Chelsea Music Publishing
Chelsea Music Publishing is a London-based indie music publisher. Chelsea Music’s repertoire features more than 80 charted UK and international hits. Their portfolio includes standards recorded by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Wayne Fontana, The Hollies, Dean Martin, and more.
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closed 5/30/2019 via Company Press Release

Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., acquired Gene Autry Music Group

synopsis: Warner Chappell Music announced the acquisition of the four publishing companies comprising the Gene Autry Music Group. Together, these catalogues contain more than 1,500 songs. In addition, Warner Chappell Music will be administering many of the Autry estate’s master recordings to facilitate one-stop synchronization licensing.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Warner Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. Warner Chappell Music provides the most innovative opportunities for songwriters & copyright holders. "
target: Gene Autry Music Group
Gene Autry Music Group is comprised of four publishing companies. Together, these catalogues contain more than 1,500 songs. Included are timeless classics such as Autry’s signature song, “Back In The Saddle Again,” and the holiday favorite, “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).”
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announced 4/11/2019 via Company Press Release

Entertainment One Ltd, will acquire Audio Network Limited

synopsis: Entertainment One, UK's independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition and production of entertainment content, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Audio Network, one of UK's largest independent creators and publishers of original high-quality music, used in film, advertising and media.
buyer: Entertainment One Ltd (LSE:ETO:$1,173.08)
Entertainment One is UK's independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. Their diversified expertise spans across film, television, music, family programming, digital content and live entertainment. "
target: Audio Network Limited
Audio Network is UK’s largest independent creators and publishers of original high-quality music for use in film, television, advertising and digital media. Their music is featured in high-end television and advertising productions to user-generated content on digital and social platforms.
price ($mm)[EV]
$233 [$216]
rev ($mm)
$38
EBITDA ($mm)
$15
EV / rev
5.6x
EV / EBITDA
14.9x
closed 2/6/2019 via Company Press Release

Ithaca Holdings LLC, acquired Atlas Music Publishing LLC

synopsis: Ithaca Holdings, a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun who counts Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Zac Brown Band, Dan & Shay and Tori Kellyas clients, has acquired Richard Stumpf’s Atlas Music Publishing, a service-oriented, digital market minded alternative to big box, high volume music publishing.
buyer: Ithaca Holdings LLC
Ithaca Holdings is a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company at the intersection of music, film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. "
target: Atlas Music Publishing LLC
Founded by Richard Stumpf (CEO/Partner) in 2013, Atlas Music Publishing is a service-oriented, digital market minded alternative to big box, high volume music publishing. The company currently represents songs performed by top stars including Drake, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Ed Sheeran and more.
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closed 1/25/2019 via PR Newswire

Lyric Capital Group, acquired Spirit Music Group

synopsis: Lyric Capital Group, a private equity investment company, has acquired Spirit Music Group, one of the world's leading independent music publishers. The company's repertoire reflects some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time.
buyer: Lyric Capital Group
Lyric Capital Group was created by Jon Singer as a private equity investment company. "
target: Spirit Music Group
Spirit Music Group is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every leading musical genre. The company's repertoire reflects some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time.
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closed 12/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music, acquired Samuel French, Inc.

synopsis: Concord Music has acquired 188-year-old theater publisher and licensing mainstay Samuel French. Samuel French, with offices in both the UK and U.S., has represented some of the most revered plays and musicals in the English language. Its catalog of more than 10,000 titles includes plays by August Wilson, Arthur Miller, and more.
buyer parent: Barings
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Samuel French, Inc.
For over 180 years, Samuel French has been the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals for the stage, an innovative resource for the theatre industry, and a company that celebrates those who make theatre around the world.
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closed 11/28/2018 via BNC Analysis

Quebecor Inc., acquired MP3 Disques

synopsis: Quebecor's Music Division is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mario Pelchat's MP3 Disques label, an album and concert producer and music publisher. MP3 Disques joins the Music Division's other two labels, Musicor and Ste-4 Musique.
buyer: Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B:$3,145.06)
Canada's leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, Quebecor is one of the most successful integrated communications companies in the industry. Quebecor features some of Quebec's most beloved brands such as Vidéotron, TVA, Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec, "
target: MP3 Disques
Montreal-based MP3 Disques is Mario Pelchat's label, as well as an album and concert producer and music publisher. MP3 Disques is a French label that has hit releases such as Noël avec Jireh Gospel Choir, and Le monde où je vais by Mario Pelchat.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Tele Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music, a music production company that specializes in providing music and sound effects for media companies, has acquired the historic French production music label Tele Music. Tele Music is known as one of the original "library music" icons and compose custom music for different TV shows, audiovisual, and media productions.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Tele Music
Based in France, Tele Music is a historic music production company and publisher. They are known as one of the original "library music" icons in France. They compose custom music for different TV shows, audiovisual, and media productions.
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announced 5/22/2018 via Company Press Release

Sony Corporation of America, will acquire EMI Music Publishing

synopsis: Sony Corporation of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony, has agreed to acquire EMI Music Publishing from Mubadala Investment Company. EMI Music Publishing is one of the world's leading music publishers. EMI owns over two million songs that include classics by Queen, Carole King and the Motown catalog along with contemporary songs.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Corporation of America
Sony Corporation of America is the U.S. headquarters of Sony, under which all Sony companies operate in the United States. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "
target parent: Mubadala Investment Company
target: EMI Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing is one of the world's leading music publishers. EMI owns over two million songs that include classics by Queen, Carole King and the Motown catalog along with contemporary songs from Alicia Keys, Drake, Sam Smith, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Fetty Wap, Hozier and Sia.
price ($mm)[EV]
$2,300 [$3,659]*
rev ($mm)
$663
EBITDA ($mm)
$249
EV / rev
7.8x
EV / EBITDA
20.9x
closed 1/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music Group, acquired Razor & Tie

synopsis: Concord Music has fully acquired the Razor & Tie record label. The deal includes Razor & Tie's label, publishing division, popular Kidz Bop brand and Washington Square Records alternative imprint. Razor & Tie was founded in 1990 and has become one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. "
target: Razor & Tie
With over 40 million units sold, over 20 years in business and multiple Grammy Awards, Razor & Tie is one of the largest privately owned independent music labels and publishing companies in North America.
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closed 12/8/2017 via PR Newswire

Kobalt Music Group Ltd., acquired SONGS Music Publishing

synopsis: SONGS Music Publishing, the world's leading independent contemporary music publisher, has sold its catalog to Kobalt Capital's fund, where it will be administered and serviced by Kobalt Music Publishing, a music services company. SONGS offers its writers innovative deals with content buyers and a deep commitment to both A&R and Creative Licensing.
buyer: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
Kobalt is the leading independent music services company. Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Label Services, and Neighboring Rights divisions each offer an alternative to the traditional music business model, empowering artists, songwriters, publishers and labels with advanced technology and control. "
target: SONGS Music Publishing
SONGS Music Publishing is the leading independent contemporary music publisher and is widely known as the principal independent competitor to the four majors in contemporary music publishing. SONGS offers its writers deals with content buyers and a deep commitment to both A&R and Creative Licensing.
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closed 9/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music Group, acquired Savoy Label Group

synopsis: Concord Music, one of the largest integrated music publishing and record companies in the world, is proud to announce the acquisition of celebrated recording company, Savoy Label Group. Founded in 1942, Savoy Label Group includes the celebrated Savoy Jazz catalog and more than 3,000 master recordings.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
The Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. "
target: Savoy Label Group
Savoy Records is an American record company and label established in 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. Savoy specializes in jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music.
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closed 1/10/2018 via BusinessWire

Round Hill Music, acquired Carlin America, Inc.

synopsis: Round Hill Music has acquired Carlin Music, one of the largest of a few remaining independent music publishers in the world. Carlin Music, comprised of Carlin America, Carlin U.K. and E.B Marks Music, has a vast catalog of more than 100,000 songs including pop & rock classics “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Fever”, “Happy Together” among many others.
buyer: Round Hill Music
Round Hill Music is an independent music rights company. Round Hill provides a full administrative platform for songwriters and artists that delivers everything from sync licensing, song placements, music production, label services and transparent, accurate global royalty processing and accounting. "
target: Carlin America, Inc.
Carlin Music is one of the few remaining independent music publishers in the world. Carlin Music, comprised of Carlin America, Carlin U.K. and E.B Marks Music, has a vast catalog of more than 100,000 songs including pop and rock classics “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Happy Together” among others.
price ($mm)
$245
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closed 8/10/2017 via PR Newswire

STX Entertainment, acquired Lalela Music

synopsis: STX Entertainment announced the acquisition of Lalela Music, a preeminent production music library for film, TV and other media. Founded in 2009, Lalela Music is a South African production music library featuring global composing talent. Its 28,000 cues have been used on major networks, top shows, as well as premium cable networks.
buyer: STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a fully integrated, diversified, global media company designed from inception to unlock value from the 21st century’s changed media landscape. "
target: Lalela Music
Founded in 2009, Lalela Music is a South African production music library featuring global composing talent. Its 28,000 cues have been used on major networks, top shows, as well as premium cable networks.
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closed 6/21/2017 via Company Press Release

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, purchased Catalogue of Music Copyrights from EuropaCorp

synopsis: EuropaCorp Group has sold its catalogue of music copyrights to Sony/ATV Group, the world's number one music publishing company.This sale concerns approximately 1.500 titles linked to more than 100 films including the music of movies like the Taken trilogy or Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the leading music publisher with a catalogue of more than 3 million copyrights, ranging from songs by iconic names including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen and The Rolling Stones to contemporary superstars such as Lady Gaga. "
seller: EuropaCorp (ENXTPA:ECP:$169.26)
EuropaCorp Group's Catalog of Music Copyrights includes approximately 1.500 titles linked to more than 100 films including the music of movies like the Taken trilogy or Lucy, but also scores from bands like Archive or Massive Attack, and composers like Eric Serra and Alexandre Desplat.
price ($mm)
$16
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closed 6/2/2017 via BusinessWire

Concord Music Group, acquired Imagem Music Group

synopsis: Concord Bicycle Music, one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world, has acquired global independent music publishing and theatrical rights company Imagem Music Group. Imagem is comprised of three distinct business units: Rodgers & Hammerstein (theatrical), Imagem Music (pop), and Boosey & Hawkes(classical).
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
The Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. "
target: Imagem Music Group
Imagem Music Group is the number one independent music publishing company in the world, unique for its leadership role in classical music, Broadway, and pop/rock. Imagem Music's expanding pop catalogue includes such writers as Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Mark Ronson and more.
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closed 4/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Bertelsmann AG, acquired BMG Rights Management GmbH

synopsis: German media giant Bertelsmann has completed its takeover of music rights group BMG, buying the 51 percent stake held by private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to secure full control of BMG.
buyer: Bertelsmann AG
Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Their content is contributed by RTL Group, Random House, Gruner + Jahr, and also Arvato and Direct Group in more than 50 countries. Bertelsmann’s claim is to inspire people around the world with first-class media and communications offerings. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG Rights Management is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. They cover the entire range of rights administration, development, and funding of new master recordings and exploitation worldwide.
price ($mm)
$500*
rev ($mm)
$264
EBITDA ($mm)
$66
EV / rev
3.6x
EV / EBITDA
14.3x
closed 7/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, acquired La Campana Editorial

synopsis: Barcelona-based publishing house La Campana, founded by Josep Maria Espinàs and Isabel Martí, been acquired by Penguin Random House Group Editorial Group (PRHGE). La Campana publishes novels, essays, humor, chronicles, reports and memoirs. It has a catalog has more than 400 authors, including Elena Ferrante, Joël Dicker, among others.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (“PRHGE”), a leading Spanish-language publishing and distribution company, is part of the Penguin Random House. PGRHE’s objective is the publication of books for all types of readers, of all ages and in any format in all the countries in which it operates. "
target: La Campana Editorial
Barcelona-based La Campana, founded by Josep Maria Espinàs and Isabel Martí, publishes novels, essays, humor, chronicles, reports and memoirs. The publisher's catalog has more than 400 authors, including Elena Ferrante, Joël Dicker, John Carlin, Emanuel Bergmann, and more.
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closed 7/17/2019 via BusinessWire

Groupe M6, acquired Gulli

synopsis: Groupe M6, a French television and multimedia group, has acquired the entire share capital of the companies that make up Lagardère’s Television Business, including Gulli, a French free-to-air television channel focused on kids programming.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Groupe M6 (ENXTPA:MMT:$1,585.68)
Groupe M6 is a French television and multimedia group built around M6, a free-to-air commercial TV channel that is renowned for being innovative, daring and positive. The group offers a wide range of programmes, products and services on a variety of media devices: television, internet and mobile. "
target parent: Lagardère SCA
target: Gulli
The acquisition includes all of Lagardère’s Television Business, including Gulli, a French free-to-air television channel focused on kids programming. It was created as a result of a partnership between Lagardère Active and state-owned broadcaster France Télévisions.
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announced 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House, will purchase Book Publishing Assets from F+W Media, Inc.

synopsis: Penguin Random House is acquiring the book publishing assets of F+W Media, which include the Writer’s Digest catalog. The book publishing assets of F+W Media include a wide variety of illustrated non-fiction books in art instruction, crafts, writing, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, woodworking, and the outdoors.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group. Penguin Random House is the world's largest English language trade publisher, bringing people the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. "
seller parent: Tinicum Capital Partners LP
seller: F+W Media, Inc.
The book publishing assets of F+W Media include a wide variety of illustrated non-fiction books in art instruction, crafts, writing, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, woodworking, and the outdoors. F+W Media is a media and e-commerce company headquartered in New York City.
price ($mm)
$3.00
rev ($mm)
$22
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/5/2019 via Company Press Release

Motor Presse Stuttgart, acquired Motor Presse Stuttgart

synopsis: Dr. Ing. Patricia Scholten and Peter-Paul Pietsch, the successors of the Pietsch family that founded Motor Presse Stuttgart, have acquired the 59.9% share of Motor Presse Stuttgart held by Hamburg publishing house, Gruner + Jahr. Motor Presse Stuttgart publishes over 120 magazines across the globe, exploring topics such as motoring and lifestyle.
buyer: Motor Presse Stuttgart
Dr. Ing. Patricia Scholten and Peter-Paul Pietsch are successors of the Motor Presse Stuttgart founding family Pietsch. Peter-Paul Pietsch and Patricia feel "a special responsibility" for Motor Presse Stuttgart. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Motor Presse Stuttgart
Motor Presse Stuttgart publishes over 120 magazines across the globe, exploring topics such as motoring, lifestyle, and sport & leisure. In addition to the successful print media core of the business, the Motor Presse has invested in and developed many additional multimedia offerings.
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closed 6/3/2019 via BusinessWire

Adtalem Global Education Inc., purchased Financial Services Business from OnCourse Learning

synopsis: Adtalem Global Education has acquired the financial services division of OnCourse Learning. The division includes sub-brands such as BankersEdge and Total Training Solutions, leading providers of compliance training to the banking and credit union markets, as well as OnCourse Learning’s mortgage licensing and continuing education programs.
buyer: Adtalem Global Education Inc. (ATGE:$1,231.21)
Adtalem Global Education Inc. is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain University and more. "
seller parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
seller: OnCourse Learning
The acquisition includes the financial services portfolio of OnCourse Learning, including BankersEdge and Total Training Solutions, leading providers of compliance training to the banking and credit union markets, as well as OnCourse Learning’s mortgage licensing and continuing education programs.
price ($mm)
$121
rev ($mm)
$31
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EV / rev
3.9x
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House, acquired Little Tiger Group

synopsis: Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired 30-year-old children's indie Little Tiger Group. Little Tiger CEO and co-founder Monty Bhatia will continue to run the business as a stand-alone company within PRH. Little Tiger, founded in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House, the largest publishing group in the world, is devoted to the goal of nurturing a universal passion for reading, bringing authors and their works in touch with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House is present on 5 continents with about 250 labels and independent brands."
target: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books.
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Little Tiger Group, acquired Liontree Publishing

synopsis: As part of the acquisition of Little Tiger Group, Penguin Random House has also acquired UK-based packager Liontree Publishing. Liontree will be brought under the Little Tiger Group umbrella. With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books. "
target: Liontree Publishing
With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace. Liontree intends to provide excellent designs, concepts and stories in all their books.
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closed 2/27/2019 via BusinessWire

Outbrain Inc., acquired Ligatus GmbH

synopsis: Outbrain, the world's leading discovery and native advertising platform on the Open Web, has acquired Ligatus. Ligatus is the leading European provider of premium native advertising solutions based in Cologne, Germany, with locations in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
buyer: Outbrain Inc.
Outbrain is the world's leading native discovery platform, connecting Internet users, publishers, and advertisers with its discovery feeds. Outbrain's native advertising technology delivers news, information, and product recommendations to the world's top publishers. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Ligatus GmbH
Ligatus is a German company that specializes in direct response campaigns and content promotions on mobile and desktop platforms. Their innovative technology enables advertisers and agencies to intelligently position their advertising messages.
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closed 2/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., acquired Universum

synopsis: KKR, a leading global investment firm, has acquired Universum, one of Germany's leading independent film distributors. Universum has a rights library of some 3,700 titles, including German rights to such recent features as The Hateful 8 and Vice. They are based in Munich.
buyer: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR:$5,683.13)
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Universum
One of Germany's leading independent film distributors, Universum has a rights library of some 3,700 titles, including German rights to such recent features as The Hateful 8 and Vice. They are based in Munich.
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closed 1/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

RTL Group, acquired Yospace Technologies Limited

synopsis: RTL Group has acquired UK-based digital video distribution company Yospace to deliver better-targeted advertising across premium streaming environments. The Yospace technology currently serves major media owners throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Customers include BT Sport, TV4, ITV, and Seven West Media.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: RTL Group (ENXTBR:RTL:$7,416.59)
RTL Group is a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, with interests in 56 television channels and 31 radio stations, content production throughout the world and rapidly growing digital video businesses. "
target: Yospace Technologies Limited
Yospace is a mobile applications innovator and platform provider allowing digital publishers, mobile applications developers, and mobile operators to rapidly and affordably deliver mobile video services. Yospace has developed technologies for Server-Side Dynamic Ad Insertion.
price ($mm)
$33
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announced 12/20/2018 via BNC Analysis

RTL Nederland B.V., will acquire BrandDeli

synopsis: RTL Nederland, one of the top allround media and entertainment companies in the Netherlands, will acquire BrandDeli, a Dutch media company that is responsible for selling TV spot, online, and brand partnerships for various TV brands and online platforms. BrandDeli's portfolio of brands include 24Kitchen, BBC First, Comedy Central, FOX and more.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: RTL Nederland B.V. (BDL:006146252:$7,599.23)
RTL Nederland is one of the top allround media and entertainment companies in the Netherlands. The company is a leader in Dutch television, owning and operating 7 television broadcasters. RTL Nederland converts television brands into live entertainment to inform and entertain millions of consumers. "
target: BrandDeli
BrandDeli is a Dutch media company that is responsible for selling TV spot, online, and brand partnerships for various TV brands and online platforms. Their portfolio of brands include 24Kitchen, BBC First, Comedy Central, Discovery, Eurosport, FOX, ID, MTV, National Geographic, Spike, TLC and more.
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closed 10/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

LPZ GmbH, acquired Danato GmbH

synopsis: LPZ GmbH from Hannover buys with "Danato" and the associated online shop one of the best-known digital brands in the gifts sector. Danato GmbH, based in Munich, aggregates gifting options to be found on the web and combines this with a smart search technology and one-stop ordering and customer service.
buyer: LPZ GmbH
LPZ GmbH, founded in 2011, develops and produces high quality gift items. The manufacturer's assortment includes various product categories ranging from jewelry to glass and ceramic goods to fine wood articles. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Danato GmbH
Danato GmbH owns and operates an online gift portal. The company aggregates gifting options to be found on the web and combines this with a smart search technology and one-stop ordering and customer service. Danato GmbH is based in Munich, Germany.
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closed 10/15/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired World Circuit Limited

synopsis: BMG has acquired leading world music label, World Circuit Records, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: World Circuit Limited
World Circuit Records is a leading world music label, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label was founded in London in the mid-1980s by Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson, who would regularly bring African and Latin artists over to perform in the U.K.
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closed 9/19/2018 via Company Press Release

M6 Publicité, acquired Ctzar | Sociaddict

synopsis: M6 Publicité, the advertising sales house of Groupe M6, has acquired a majority stake in Ctzar and its Sociaddict international network of over 15,000 influencers. Paris-based Ctzar | Sociaddict is comprised of Ctzar, an elite agency for tailor-made influence campaigns, and Sociaddict, an opt-in influencer platform.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: M6 Publicité
M6 Publicité is the advertising agency of Groupe M6. Since the launch of the channel in 1987, M6 Publicité accompanies the evolution of the M6 ​​Groupe and markets the advertising, sponsorship, special operations and licenses of the group's brands. "
target: Ctzar | Sociaddict
Paris-based Ctzar | Sociaddict is comprised of Ctzar, an elite agency for tailor-made influence campaigns, and Sociaddict, an opt-in influencer platform. Ctzar provides brand content, experience, ePR, brand ambassador and artistic collaboration.
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announced 9/17/2018 via Wall Street Journal

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, will acquire OnCourse Learning

synopsis: Bertelsmann is to acquire OnCourse Learning, a company that offers continuing education, pre-licensing and corporate training, from CIP Capital. Top companies and millions of professionals nationwide know them by their premier brands in regulated industries, including Nurse.com, ProSchools, TrainingPro, and AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training).
buyer: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, and more. "
target parent: CIP Capital
target: OnCourse Learning
OnCourse Learning offers continuing education, pre-licensing and corporate training. Top companies and millions of professionals nationwide know them by their premier brands in regulated industries, including Nurse.com, ProSchools, TrainingPro, and AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training).
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closed 9/13/2018 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired RBC Records

synopsis: BMG announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based independent hip-hop/rap label RBC Records. The label is home to a number of prolific and influential artists including Chief Keef, Skippa Da Flippa, Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and Gucci Mane, whose catalog sits alongside more than 500 label releases having sold millions of records worldwide.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: RBC Records
RBC Records is an independent Hip Hop/Rap Label and Artist Services company specializing in digital marketing and distribution. Their team will guide their music to the masses via physical retail outlets, digital retailers and streaming services.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Deep East Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music has acquired the influential independent UK production music company Deep East Music. Deep East Music was started in London in 2007 by entrepreneurs Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant.  Over the past 10 years Deep East has grown rapidly to become one of the most highly-regarded production music companies in the world.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Deep East Music
Deep East Music is an influential independent UK production music company. Unlike many production music labels who simply curate, Deep East creates its music from scratch in its own studios, informed by its worldwide client network.
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closed 8/1/2018 via Company Press Release

BMG Production Music, acquired Tele Music

synopsis: BMG Production Music, a music production company that specializes in providing music and sound effects for media companies, has acquired the historic French production music label Tele Music. Tele Music is known as one of the original "library music" icons and compose custom music for different TV shows, audiovisual, and media productions.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Production Music
BMG Production Music specializes in providing music and sound effects for radio and television, for advertising agencies and audiovisual companies. BMG Production Music has custom scoring studios in LA and London and global creative teams for music searching and project supervision. "
target: Tele Music
Based in France, Tele Music is a historic music production company and publisher. They are known as one of the original "library music" icons in France. They compose custom music for different TV shows, audiovisual, and media productions.
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closed 7/27/2018 via Company Press Release

Arvato Bertelsmann, acquired 3C Deutschland GmbH

synopsis: Arvato Financial Solutions, a global financial services provider and part of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA as a subsidiary of Arvato, has acquired 3C Deutschland GmbH, a company that provides process automation and transparency in the claims management sector on the insurance market.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Arvato Bertelsmann
Arvato is a global services company headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany. Its services include customer support, information technology, logistics, and finance. "
target: 3C Deutschland GmbH
3C Deutschland GmbH provides process automation and transparency in the claims management sector on the insurance market. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Heilbronn, Germany.
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closed 6/28/2018 via Company Press Release

Penguin Random House India, acquired Hind Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Penguin Random House India, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, said that it has acquired Hind Pocket Books, one of the oldest and most respected Hindi language publishers in the country. Hind Pocket Books is a company for a host of imprints which publish books that cater to the needs of different segments of society and specializations.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House India
Penguin Random House India has been publishing in India for over thirty years, and publishes over three hundred newly acquired titles every year, with an active backlist of over four thousand titles. With a strong fiction and non-fiction list, it publishes across every segment. "
target: Hind Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.
Based in India, Hind Pocket Books Group has published in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam and English in India. Hind Pocket Books is the umbrella company for a host of imprints which publish books that cater to the needs of different segments of society and specializations.
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closed 4/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Bertelsmann AG, acquired BMG Rights Management GmbH

synopsis: German media giant Bertelsmann has completed its takeover of music rights group BMG, buying the 51 percent stake held by private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to secure full control of BMG.
buyer: Bertelsmann AG
Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Their content is contributed by RTL Group, Random House, Gruner + Jahr, and also Arvato and Direct Group in more than 50 countries. Bertelsmann’s claim is to inspire people around the world with first-class media and communications offerings. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG Rights Management is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. They cover the entire range of rights administration, development, and funding of new master recordings and exploitation worldwide.
price ($mm)
$500*
rev ($mm)
$264
EBITDA ($mm)
$66
EV / rev
3.6x
EV / EBITDA
14.3x
announced 8/7/2019 via Company Press Release

Rakuten Inc., will acquire KonMari Media Inc.

synopsis: Rakuten will invest in KonMari Media to become a majority shareholder. KonMari Media, Inc. (KMI) was founded by Marie Kondo, tidying expert and bestselling author, in 2016. With a goal of helping more people to tidy their spaces by choosing joy, KMI has business verticals across entertainment and a certified KonMari Consultant program.
buyer: Rakuten Inc. (TSE:4755:$11,169.44)
Rakuten, Inc. is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications around the world. "
target: KonMari Media Inc.
KonMari Media, Inc. (KMI) was founded by Marie Kondo, tidying expert and bestselling author, in 2016. With a goal of helping more people to tidy their spaces by choosing joy, KMI has business verticals across entertainment and a certified KonMari Consultant program.
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closed 6/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

Concord Music, acquired Sikorski

synopsis: Concord, an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, has acquired historic classical music publisher The Sikorski Music Publishing Group, home to a wide range of major works by legendary composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Dmitri Kabalevsky and Alfred Schnittke.
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters. "
target: Sikorski
Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski is an international sheet music publishing company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The music publishing firm of Hans Sikorski was founded in 1935 and now comprises more than 30 publishers in several European countries and in the USA.
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announced 2/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Apollo Global Management, will acquire Cox Media Group, Inc.

synopsis: Cox Enterprises Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement with funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC to buy a majority interest in Cox Media Group's broadcast television stations, including the company's radio, newspaper and TV properties in Ohio.
buyer: Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO:$1,539.25)
Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager. Apollo has assets of approximately $280 billion in private equity, credit and real assets funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources. "
target parent: Cox Enterprises Inc.
target: Cox Media Group, Inc.
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company's operations include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications.
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closed 9/19/2019 via BusinessWire

Nexstar Media Group, acquired Tribune Media Company

synopsis: Nexstar Media Group, a leading diversified media company, has completed the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Tribune Media, a company that is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming.
buyer: Nexstar Media Group (NXST:$2,737.26)
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers & advertisers through its traditional media, digital & mobile media platforms. They own, operate, program or provide sales and other services to 170 television stations. "
target: Tribune Media Company (TRCO:$1,920.00)
Tribune Media Company is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 local TV stations, WGN America, Tribune Studios, and a variety of digital applications & websites.
price ($mm)[EV]
$4,152 [$6,188]
rev ($mm)
$1,920
EBITDA ($mm)
$720
EV / rev
3.2x
EV / EBITDA
8.6x
closed 9/19/2018 via PE Hub

Mason Wells, acquired Buffalo Games

synopsis: Mason Wells, a leading Midwest-based private equity firm, has acquired Buffalo Games, a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
buyer: Mason Wells
Mason Wells is a leading Midwest-based private equity firm with approximately $1.0 billion in assets under management across its current private equity funds. Mason Wells is currently investing out of Mason Wells Buyout Fund IV, a $615 million fund. "
target: Buffalo Games
Buffalo Games is a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
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closed 8/20/2018 via BusinessWire

FiscalNote Inc., acquired CQ Roll Call

synopsis: FiscalNote, a technology innovator at the intersection of global business and government that provides advanced, data-driven Issues Management solutions, announced it has acquired CQ Roll Call from The Economist Group. CQ Roll Call provides essential intelligence and grassroots advocacy resources to take action.
buyer: FiscalNote Inc.
FiscalNote Inc. provides a cloud-based government risk management platform for managing government impact and public issues. They analyze and manage government risk, opportunity, and influence at the local, state, federal, and international levels. "
target parent: The Economist Group Limited
target: CQ Roll Call
CQ Roll Call provides essential intelligence and grassroots advocacy resources to take action. As the premier source of news and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation, CQ is on the pulse of the legislative process and give their clients what they need to maximize their influence.
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cancelled 8/9/2018 via BNC Analysis

Sinclair Broadcast Group, cancelled an acquisition of Tribune Media Company

synopsis: Tribune said in a statement that it has terminated its merger agreement with Sinclair. Tribune owns or operates 42 television stations in 33 markets, cable network WGN America, and digital multicast network Antenna TV.
buyer: Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI:$3,055.08)
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all the major networks. "
target: Tribune Media Company (TRCO:$1,920.00)
Tribune Media Company is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 local TV stations, WGN America, Tribune Studios, and a variety of digital applications & websites.
price ($mm)[EV]
$3,860 [$6,554]
rev ($mm)
$1,919
EBITDA ($mm)
$563
EV / rev
3.4x
EV / EBITDA
11.7x
closed 6/8/2016 via PR Newswire

GreenITers merged with Grendz,

synopsis: Green technology trends website Grendz, a subsidiary of Full Circle Innocations KK, is getting even better by merging with GreenITers, a website community that provides its members with the latest eco discussions. In this way, Grendz will collectively offer great eco-friendly technology trends and innovative science breakthroughs.
buyer parent: Full Circle Innovations KK
buyer: Grendz
Grendz.com is the definitive place for new technology trends, science breakthroughs and green ideas. Grendz provides a weekly report to its members with the top green trends of the week . "
target: GreenITers
GreenITers is a website community that provides its members with the latest ecology discussions. GreenITers searches and publishes English news about Clean Technology in Japan. It is targeted for people who want to "Green it!" the world we are living in via eco innovations & technology.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Macmillan Publishers Ltd., acquired Pronoun

synopsis: Macmillan Publishers announces the acquisition of Pronoun, Inc., a New York City–based technology company that provides digital book publishing tools, analytics, and services for authors and media companies.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. Macmillan publishes a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. "
target: Pronoun
Pronoun, Inc. is a New York City–based technology company that provides digital book publishing tools, analytics, and services for authors and media companies.
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closed 3/17/2016 via BusinessWire

Tribune Publishing, acquired Freedom Communications, Inc.

synopsis: Tribune Publishing Co. announced that it was the successful bidder at a public bankruptcy auction to acquire substantially all of the assets of Freedom Communications, Inc. Freedom Communications is a national privately-owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses.
buyer parent: Tribune Media Company
buyer: Tribune Publishing (NasdaqGM:TRNC:$1,513.52)
Tribune Publishing Company is a diversified media and marketing-solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. The company’s diverse portfolio of iconic news and information brands includes 11 award-winning major daily titles. "
target: Freedom Communications, Inc.
Freedom Communications is a national privately-owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses. The company's portfolio includes information and entertainment websites, mobile applications, daily and weekly newspapers and other specialty publications.
price ($mm)
$56
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closed 2/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, acquired Amedia AS

synopsis: Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, a foundation that gives financial contributions to a wide range of charitable causes, acquired Amedia, a media company in Norway and Russia. Amedia's activities include newspapers, printing, television, and electronic media operations.
buyer: Sparebankstiftelsen DNB
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB is a Norwegian foundation. The foundation gives financial contributions to a wide range of charitable causes. In addition to giving direct financial contributions, the Savings Bank Foundation invests in causes that benefit the general public. "
target: Amedia AS
Amedia AS operates as a media company in Norway and Russia. The company collects, facilitates, produces, and distributes information. Its activities include newspapers, printing, television (TV), and electronic media operations.
price ($mm)
$46
rev ($mm)
$474
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/23/2015 via PR Newswire

Verizon Communications, acquired AOL Inc.

synopsis: Verizon Communications Inc., a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless communications, has acquired AOL Inc. AOL is at the center of disruption of how content is being produced, distributed, consumed and monetized by connecting publishers with advertisers on its global, programmatic content and advertising platforms.
buyer: Verizon Communications (VZ:$131,087.00)
Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. "
target: AOL Inc. (AOL:$2,569.00)
AOL is a media technology company that simplifies the Internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code. AOL operates at scale, connecting tens of thousands of publishers with advertisers on its global and programmatic, content and advertising platforms.
price ($mm)[EV]
$4,135 [$4,126]
rev ($mm)
$2,569
EBITDA ($mm)
$433
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
9.9x
closed 10/3/2014 via PR Newswire

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, acquired Thomas Nelson Brasil

synopsis: HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced its acquisition of majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil (TNB) from joint venture partner Ediouro Group. TNB was formed in 2006 as a partnership between Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ediouro.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc. is a world leading Christian publisher. Comprised of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, the Company has nearly 300 years of combined publishing experience. "
target parent: Ediouro Group
target: Thomas Nelson Brasil
Thomas Nelson Brasil was formed as a partnership between Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ediouro. Brazil has been one of the fastest growing Christian evangelical countries in the world, and Thomas Nelson used its publishing brand and Ediouro's infrastructure to introduce its U.S. authors to Brazil.
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announced 9/11/2014 via PR Newswire

Vook, Inc., will acquire Byliner

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is acquiring Byliner, the pre-eminent boutique publisher of the world's best short fiction and non-fiction. Vook's proprietary publishing and data-driven marketing platform powers the publishing programs of the world's leading media companies and brands. Byliner is joining Vook as its first in-house imprint.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Brad Inman with the vision of lighting up the world’s content in the post PC world. Vook has created an innovative technology platform that produces rich media experiences for the tablet market. "
target: Byliner
Byliner, named “one of the 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in the World”, is a subscription reading service and publisher of award-winning fiction and nonfiction e-shorts, digital books written to be read in two hours or less. It was founded in spring 2011 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
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closed 5/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Tinicum Capital Partners LP, acquired F+W Media, Inc.

synopsis: F+W has sold a majority stake to Tinicum L.P. F+W Media is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. F+W offers a diversified portfolio of books, e-books, magazines, industry-leading events, e-commerce stores, online education programs, DVD and video instruction, television programs, & more.
buyer: Tinicum Capital Partners LP
Tinicum Incorporated is a private investment firm with more than 25 years of experience investing in private and public companies. They acquire companies in private transactions or restructurings and also makes minority investments in public and private companies. "
target: F+W Media, Inc.
F+W Media is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. F+W offers a diversified portfolio of books, e-books, magazines, industry-leading events, e-commerce stores, online education programs, DVD and video instruction, television programs, & more.
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closed 12/20/2013 via BNC Analysis

Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac, purchased Ringier Alex Springer CZ from Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

synopsis: Entrepreneurs Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac have bought company Ringier Alex Springer CZ, the biggest publisher of dailies on the Czech market.
buyer: Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac
Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac are two businessmen and entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic. "
seller: Ringier Axel Springer Media AG
Ringier Alex Springer CZ is the biggest publisher of dailies on the Czech market. Ringier Axel Springer Media AG is a leading integrated multimedia company in Central and Eastern Europe.
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closed 11/26/2013 via Reuters

Gazprom-Media, acquired Prof-Media Management LLC

synopsis: Media arm of state-controlled Gazprom bought mining tycoon Vladimir Potanin's Profmedia. Through the deal, the former Soviet gas ministry that is now Russia's largest company by revenue, will add TV and radio stations, cinemas and film production and distribution assets to a sprawling portfolio that it has built up around commercial TV channel NTV.
buyer parent: Gazprom
buyer: Gazprom-Media
Gazprom-Media Holding comprises television, radio, printing press, cinema production, advertising, movie theaters and internet assets. The company was founded on January 21, 1998. Gazprom-Media Holding is one of the largest media holdings in Russia and Europe. "
target: Prof-Media Management LLC
Prof-Media is one of the largest and most diversified media holdings in Russia, one of the leaders in the newspaper, magazine, radio and cinema markets. The holding is a major private investor in the Russian cinema industry.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$521
EBITDA ($mm)
$129
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
0.0x
closed 11/18/2013 via Market Wire

Acceleritas Corp., acquired Hollywall Entertainment, Inc.

synopsis: Acceleritas Corp., a development stage company that provides security services, announces the acquisition of all of the assets and business of Hollywall Entertainment Inc., and plans to change its name to Hollywall Entertainment, Inc. Hollywall Entertainment is a multifaceted media and entertainment company.
buyer: Acceleritas Corp. (OTCPK:HWAL:$0.00)
Acceleritas Corp., a development stage company, provides security services to general public, corporate world, and government agencies primarily in the United States. The company was formerly known as National Intelligence Association, Inc. and changed its name to Acceleritas Corp. in March 2013. "
target: Hollywall Entertainment, Inc.
Hollywall Entertainment, Inc. is a multifaceted media and entertainment company focused on ownership and content acquisition of music, film, television, home video, and computer game software libraries.
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announced 6/21/2013 via Company Press Release

VETEK, will acquire Ukrainian Media Holding

synopsis: VETEK and Ukrainian Media Holding ("UMH") signed a sales agreement for Vetek to acquire 98% of UMH. UMH operates as a multimedia company in the Ukraine and Russia.
buyer: VETEK
The main activity of VETEK Group is focused on investments into the oil and gas industry of Ukraine, including modernization and restoration of the refining sector competitiveness. "
target: Ukrainian Media Holding
Ukrainian Media Holding ("UMH") is a dynamic multimedia company in Eastern Europe that controls over 50 media brands. In Ukraine UMH is leader on markets of Internet, radio and press, in Russia UMH is the most dynamic publishing company among top-10 market players.
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Gene Autry Music Group

Audio Network Limited

Atlas Music Publishing LLC

Spirit Music Group

Samuel French, Inc.

MP3 Disques

Tele Music

EMI Music Publishing

Razor & Tie

SONGS Music Publishing

Savoy Label Group

Carlin America, Inc.

Lalela Music

EuropaCorp

Imagem Music Group

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BMG Rights Management GmbH

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La Campana Editorial

Gulli

F+W Media, Inc.

Motor Presse Stuttgart

OnCourse Learning

Little Tiger Group

Liontree Publishing

Ligatus GmbH

Universum

Yospace Technologies Limited

BrandDeli

Danato GmbH

World Circuit Limited

Ctzar | Sociaddict

OnCourse Learning

RBC Records

Deep East Music

Tele Music

3C Deutschland GmbH

Hind Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.

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BMG Rights Management GmbH

KonMari Media Inc.

Sikorski

Cox Media Group, Inc.

Tribune Media Company

Buffalo Games

CQ Roll Call

Tribune Media Company

GreenITers

Pronoun

Freedom Communications, Inc.

Amedia AS

AOL Inc.

Thomas Nelson Brasil

Byliner

F+W Media, Inc.

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

Prof-Media Management LLC

Hollywall Entertainment, Inc.

Ukrainian Media Holding

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Ticker: ENXTPA:VIV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vivendi SA
Vivendi SA
Vivendi is an integrated media and content group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$16,383.45
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,932.74
EBIT ($mm)
$1,551.06
Net Income ($mm)
$533.25
Employees
41600
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Ticker: LSE:ETO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Entertainment One Ltd
Entertainment One Ltd
Entertainment One Ltd. is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,173.08
EBITDA ($mm)
$139.72
EBIT ($mm)
$88.12
Net Income ($mm)
$14.58
Employees
1190
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Ticker: ITGR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrity Media, Inc.
Integrity Media, Inc.
Integrity Media, Inc., publishes cassettes, CDs, music videos, and songbooks of a worshipful nature. Integrity's Christian music offerings range from praise and worship music to adult contemporary and children's music. Its song catalog includes ownership of more than 2,400 songs.
year
2002
rev ($mm)
$66.30
EBITDA ($mm)
$9.20
EBIT ($mm)
$4.20
Net Income ($mm)
$2.20
Employees
0
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A041510
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd.
S.M. Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$293.04
EBITDA ($mm)
$30.60
EBIT ($mm)
$10.51
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
247
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Ticker: KOSE:A0035
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IHQ Inc
IHQ, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated entertainment content company in Korea. It is engaged in the production of films and music albums, as well as dramas under an in-house system.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$57.28
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.40
EBIT ($mm)
($3.15)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
95
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Ticker: TSE:7860
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Avex Group Holdings Inc.
Avex Group Holdings Inc. is the holding company for a group of entertainment-related subsidiaries based in Japan. Their subsidiary, Avex Entertainment Inc. operates as a music recording company which also provides theme music soundtracks to many anime and a few video games.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$1,411.71
EBITDA ($mm)
$162.83
EBIT ($mm)
$142.73
Net Income ($mm)
$74.49
Employees
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A122870
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YG Family
YG Family
YG Family has been at the forefront of the popularization of hip-hop music in Korea. From its inception, YG Entertainment has been the birthplace of some of Korea’s most popular artists, from YG’s earlier artists such as JINUSEAN and 1TYM, to the immensely successful current acts, BIGBANG and 2NE1.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$311.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$39.60
EBIT ($mm)
$32.61
Net Income ($mm)
$16.54
Employees
158
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Ticker: TSE:7844
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marvelous, Inc.
Marvelous, Inc.
Marvelous Inc, provides Online game planning, production and sales of home video game software in the planning, development, production and sales planning, development and operation of amusement housing planning, production, and sale of music and video content.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$213.68
EBITDA ($mm)
$44.71
EBIT ($mm)
$35.66
Net Income ($mm)
$17.60
Employees
451
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Ticker: UCSO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium Ltd.
United Consortium, Ltd. d/b/a On The Mark Entertainment owns, licenses and markets its proprietary collection of many of the greatest pop and jazz tracks of all time digitally through leading online music stores, as well as brick and mortar retailers.
year
2008
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Ticker: EFGU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Empire Film Group, Inc.
Empire Film Group, Inc. is a fully-integrated digital media, film and television production and distribution company with capabilities to reach theatrical, video, television, video-on-demand for the worldwide markets.
year
2012
rev ($mm)
$0.33
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
$0.10
Net Income ($mm)
$0.08
Employees
7
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Ticker: KNM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation develops, publishes, markets, and distributes video game software products for stationary and portable consoles, as well as for use on personal computers. It operates in three segments: Digital Entertainment, Gaming & Systems, and Health & Fitness.
year
2012
rev ($mm)
$265,758.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$51,370.00
EBIT ($mm)
$41,292.00
Net Income ($mm)
$23,012.00
Employees
5362
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Ticker: SEHK:700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Limited is an investment holding company involved in providing internet and mobile value-added services (VAS), online advertising services and e-commerce transactions services
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$46,983.28
EBITDA ($mm)
$16,822.78
EBIT ($mm)
$12,097.11
Net Income ($mm)
$11,960.20
Employees
54623
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Ticker: DISC.A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications is the world's #1 pay-TV programmer, reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$10,953.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$5,081.00
EBIT ($mm)
$3,516.00
Net Income ($mm)
$986.00
Employees
9000
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Ticker: NTES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. is a leading internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops some of China’s most popular PC-client and mobile games, e-commerce businesses, advertising and e-mail services.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$10,750.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,998.42
EBIT ($mm)
$1,637.88
Net Income ($mm)
$1,273.77
Employees
23687
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Ticker: ATVI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Activision Blizzard develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft.
year
2016
rev ($mm)
$5,946.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,893.00
EBIT ($mm)
$1,279.00
Net Income ($mm)
$872.00
Employees
7190
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Ticker: DIS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$64,776.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$16,542.00
EBIT ($mm)
$12,884.00
Net Income ($mm)
$12,322.00
Employees
201000
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Ticker: ENXTPA:VIV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vivendi SA
Vivendi SA
Vivendi is an integrated media and content group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$16,383.45
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,932.74
EBIT ($mm)
$1,551.06
Net Income ($mm)
$533.25
Employees
41600
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Ticker: CBS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$15,263.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$3,123.00
EBIT ($mm)
$2,906.00
Net Income ($mm)
$3,072.00
Employees
12770
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Ticker: NWSA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
News Corporation
News Corporation
News Corporation is a diversified media and information services company with operations in several industry segments: news and information services, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and sports programming and pay-TV distribution.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$10,301.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,126.00
EBIT ($mm)
$632.00
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
28000
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Ticker: ENXTPA:MMB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lagardère SCA
Lagardère SCA
The Lagardère group is a global leader in content production and distribution whose powerful brands leverage its virtual and physical networks to attract and enjoy qualified audiences. It is structured around four business lines: publishing, travel retail, media, and sports and entertainment.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$8,189.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$678.27
EBIT ($mm)
$379.30
Net Income ($mm)
$216.42
Employees
28738
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Ticker: SNDA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited is a leading interactive entertainment media company in China. Shanda offers a portfolio of diversified entertainment content including some of the most popular massively multi-player and casual online games in China.
year
2010
rev ($mm)
$5,572.25
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,371.86
EBIT ($mm)
$850.83
Net Income ($mm)
$614.15
Employees
8431
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Ticker: IAC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IAC
IAC
IAC is a leading media and Internet company comprised of some of the world’s most recognized brands and products, such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com, The Daily Beast, Investopedia, and Match Group’s online dating portfolio, which includes Match, OkCupid and Tinder.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$4,501.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$799.46
EBIT ($mm)
$640.26
Net Income ($mm)
$539.69
Employees
7800
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Ticker: JSE:NPN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Naspers Ltd.
Naspers Ltd.
Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets with long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$3,291.00
EBITDA ($mm)
($415.00)
EBIT ($mm)
($561.00)
Net Income ($mm)
$6,901.00
Employees
20196
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Ticker: US:CWGVF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CanWest Global Communications Corp.
CanWest Global Communications Corp.
CanWest Global, an international media company, is Canada's largest media company. CanWest is Canada's largest publisher of daily newspapers and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in television, out-of-home advertising, web sites and radio stations and networks.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$2,712.18
EBITDA ($mm)
$435.16
EBIT ($mm)
$334.69
Net Income ($mm)
$2,032.76
Employees
11072
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Ticker: OB:SCHA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Schibsted Media Group
Schibsted Media Group
Schibsted Media Group is a Norwegian media group with operations in 29 countries. Their activities are related to media products in the field of newspapers, online classifieds, publishing, multimedia and mobile services.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$2,133.70
EBITDA ($mm)
$364.57
EBIT ($mm)
$312.04
Net Income ($mm)
$92.22
Employees
8349
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Ticker: RCSM.MI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RCS MediaGroup
RCS MediaGroup
RCS MediaGroup is a multimedia publishing group that operates in daily newspapers, magazines and books, radio broadcasting, new media and digital TV. It is also one of the leading operators in the advertisement sales & distribution markets.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$1,988.19
EBITDA ($mm)
$37.78
EBIT ($mm)
($69.92)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
4134
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Ticker: HLSE:SAA1V
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sanoma Oyj
Sanoma Oyj
Sanoma is an inspiring, relevant and trusted consumer media and learning company. Ever since its formation in 1889, the company has held creativity and independent thinking at its core in order to deliver high-quality content in new and different ways.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,390.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$334.75
EBIT ($mm)
$182.64
Net Income ($mm)
$120.27
Employees
4641
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Ticker: BME:PRS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prisa
Prisa
PRISA is the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language media group in the creation and distribution of content in the fields of culture, education, news and information, and entertainment. PRISA reaches million people through its global brands El País,LOS40, Santillana, W Radio and As.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$1,320.53
EBITDA ($mm)
$202.03
EBIT ($mm)
$132.85
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
8785
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Ticker: TSE:9470
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gakken Co. Ltd.
Gakken Co. Ltd.
The Gakken Group is involved in the daily lives of people on many different levels through its broad scope of business activities. Gakken carries out wide-ranging publishing activities, provides various classrooms and preparatory schools, and other preschool- and school-related activities.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$750.72
EBITDA ($mm)
$20.94
EBIT ($mm)
$8.16
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
3035
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Ticker: ASX:VRL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Village Roadshow Ltd.
Village Roadshow Limited operates as an entertainment and media company. The Company owns and operates a diverse range of entertainment assets including multiplex cinemas, amusement centres, film distribution, theme parks, loyalty solutions and film production.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$665.23
EBITDA ($mm)
$57.68
EBIT ($mm)
$21.91
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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