VNU Receives $8 Billion Buy-Out Offer

January 16, 2006

VNU, the Netherlands-based global media company, has received a buy-out offer from a consortium of private equity firms for EUR 28.00 to 28.50 per share, or about $8.8 billion, the company announced today. The private equity group includes AlpInvest Partners, The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Hellman & Freidman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Permira and Thomas H. Lee Partners.

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Report: Media M&As Will Stay Hot in 2006 But Signs of Cooling Loom

January 12, 2006

By Matt Kinsman The good news for the media M&A market is that multiples will stay at last year's historically high levels through 2006, according to AdMedia Partners ' Prospects for Media Managers & Acquisitions survey. However, the report also suggests the market could see significant cooling in 2007-2008, simply because there won't be enough quality properties for sale.

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