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Media Deal Downdraft

8/6/08

Our friends at Whitestone Communications, an M&A advisory specializing in media deals (magazines, tradeshows, training companies, etc.), report that both sector deal volume and dollar value continued their slide in the second quarter of 2008.

The number of Q2 deals declined 8% to 107 versus Q1, but total deal value fell 38% to $7.1 billion. Versus Q2 of 2007, the declines are even more dramatic: while the number of deals dropped 12% to 107, dollar value fell 79% to $7.2 billion.

Whitestone speculates that the steep value dive relates to financing difficulties associated with the credit meltdown. The de-leveraging underway would affect bigger deals more than smaller ones.

While the overall picture looks less than rosy, a bright spot was B2B (trade magazine and trade show) transactions which rose to 16 in Q2 from 12 the year before. However, even in this subsector, Q2 deal value dropped precipitously from $249 million to $60 million.


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