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Reversing the Polarity


January 28, 2006

In the fall of 2005, U.S. News & World Report, Technology Review and IDG's CXO Media, three publishers experiencing a wane in their print fortunes, announced they would be scaling back their print products and putting significantly more investment into the Web and events. Early indicators show promise. The question is, can they sustain it?

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The Emerging Giant


January 28, 2006

In the last eight years, Wasserstein & Co. has made three standalone magazine-industry acquisitions and launched one start-up. Its most recent acquisition: last year's purchase of Prism Business Media for $385 million.

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Borrowing for Growth


January 28, 2006

Last year, Richmond, Virginia-based Douglas Publications bought Briefings Publishing Group and its nine business-management newsletters from Wicks Business Information in an estimated $15 million deal.

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Hanley Wood


January 28, 2006

buyer: JP Morgan | seller: Veronis Suhler Stevenson | price: $650 million | date: May takeaway: The largest magazine deal of the year (and second largest b-to-b deal ever) will be worth every penny;if Hanley Wood continues to grow.

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Dowden Health Media


January 28, 2006

buyer: Lebhar-Friedman | seller: Dowden Health Media | price: $41 million | date: March takeaway: Lebhar-Friedman diversifies beyond its longtime core markets, but did it make the right choice as a line extension?

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Primedia Business Information (Now Prism Business Media)


January 27, 2006

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.

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F+W Publications


January 27, 2006

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.

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