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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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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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The Top Deals of 2005


January 27, 2006

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.

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LPI Media


January 27, 2006

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.

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Advanstar/Questex


January 27, 2006

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.

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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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Changing Technology Platforms


January 26, 2006

Today's fractured media landscape and its subsequent revenue opportunities is placing extra demands on magazines' publishing platforms. Publishers moving heavily into online content deployment, for example, either must update and standardize their technology platform to efficiently drive content back and forth between mediums, or devise expensive interfaces to patch together disparate systems.

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