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Publishing Money

April 6

Our friends at Whitestone Communications, specialists in publishing industry M&A, recently sent us their analysis of deal activity in the first quarter of 2005. In general the news is good.

Magazine transactions increased to 17 in 2005-Q1 versus 14 in 2004-Q1 while dollar value doubled to $486 million. Already in the 2005 pipeline are two additional large deals, the sale of Hanley-Wood by Veronis Suhler Stevenson and the sale of F&W Publications by Primedia chairman William Reilly and private equity firm Providence Equity.

Newsletters also saw greater deal volume after a long drought. The first quarter of this year closed nine transactions valued at $57 million versus six deals worth $54 million during the same period last year.

This upbeat news was tempered by declines in education/reference publishing. 2004-Q1 generated 12 deals valued at $518 million while 2005-Q1 produced 10 deals valued at only $151 million. However, Whitestone remains optimistic about this sector.

For more information, see Whitestone’s website.


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