The Top Deals of 2005
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.
Each of the reports on the following pages concludes with comments from some of the market’s leading analysts. We’ve chosen not to name them to encourage them to be frank. In some cases, more than one analysts’ comments are included.
[q&a] Interview with Charles McCurdy of Apprise Media
FOLIO:’s look at last year’s most significant deals:
Apprise Media Buys Beckett, Canon, CFW Enterprises, Y-Visionary
Questex Media, Audax Group Buys Advanstar Communications
PlanetOut Buys LPI Media
Wasserstein & Co. Buys Primedia Business, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
ABRY Partners Buys F+W Publications
Meredith Corp. and Joe Mansueto Buy Gruner + Jahr USA
Wicks Medical Information Buys Jobson Publishing
JP Morgan Buys Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Lebhar-Friedman Buys Dowden Health Media
AOL/Time Warner Buys Weblogs Inc.
SEE ALSO: FOLIO:’s Top Deals of 2004