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Jobson Publishing


January 28, 2006

buyer: Wicks Medical Information | seller: Jobson Publishing | price: $100 million | date: April takeaway: Despite bolt-on potential of the Jobson platform, near-term growth will be organic and will focus on developing operating and service synergies. Opportunistic acquisitions will not be ignored, however.

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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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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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