Articles by FOLIO: Magazine Staff

Advanstar/Questex

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buyer: Questex Media, Audax Group | seller: Advanstar Communications | price: $185 million | date: April takeaway: The Questex spin-off gives neglected properties a chance to shine, if its new owners are willing to commit to developing them.

Primedia Business Information (Now Prism Business Media)

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buyer: Wasserstein & Co. | seller: Primedia Business, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts | price: $385 million | date: August takeaway: Primedia's sale of its business division left the shrinking company with only its top breadwinners;enthusiast and consumer guides. Freshly renamed Prism Business Media gives Wasserstein, now a major publishing player, an instant platform for bolt-on deals.

The Top Deals of 2005

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The Movers and Shakers Even for those who perennially claim the upcoming year will be "the best yet for media M&As," 2005 was a pleasant surprise. The Jordan, Edmiston Group tallied 33 consumer-magazine deals, worth $2.47 billion, in 2005, while b-to-b magazine deals numbered 43, worth $2.4 billion. Apprise Media's Charles McCurdy and Michael Behringer were among the busiest.

F+W Publications

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buyer: ABRY Partners | seller: F+W Publications | price: $500 million| date: August takeaway: By going to court and seeking to rescind the deal in November, ABRY risks a long and potentially embarrassing public ordeal.

Gruner + Jahr

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buyer: Meredith Corp. and Joe Mansueto | seller: Gruner + Jahr USA | price: $350 million for Meredith; $35 million est. for Mansueto | date: May/June

LPI Media

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buyer: PlanetOut | seller: LPI Media | price: $31 million| date: November takeaway: An online media company looks to print to double its revenue and set the stage for future growth.

[q&a] Vickie Szombathy VP, Media Director, Starlink

q: Is there a need for a new RFP format? a: I suppose that depends on the agencies, but within ABM, the publishers felt there was a definite need to elicit information that was critical to help them put together a better response for an RFP. We had a lot of conversations about that at the ABM media advisory board. I was stunned at the lack of info these guys were getting.

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