Magazine article Information Today

M&A 2010: On the Rebound

Magazine article Information Today

M&A 2010: On the Rebound

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And just how did the information industry weather 2010? The Jordan, Edmiston Group (JEGI) provided an in-depth look at the industry's latest track record in the "JEGI Media and Information Year-End 2010 M&A Overview." The JEGI report focused on M&A activity for the media, information, marketing services, and technology sectors, and not surprisingly, the facts and figures showed some positive news. There were 845 transactions with a total value of $43.3 billion, reflecting a bigger and more robust landscape than in recent years.

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"I think the quick recap of what's going on is that in 2010, we had a good, strong rebound in activity, which was still primarily driven by strategic buyers," according to Scott Peters, co-president with JEGI. "The debt market, middle market is still relatively thin in terms of new capital coming in, but it's improving. Business information among other categories still remains a very active M&A category with lots of strategic buyers trolling the market for unique transformative or unique dataset businesses."

One of the biggest movers and shakers was mobile. "Mobile is definitely a category that is getting increasingly interesting, because for the first time, you have the tablet market exploding, which provides an entirely new medium for information providers, both hardcore business information and consumer applications," says Peters. He sees many pricing models being tested and lots of traction being gained in mobile advertising.

Peters also sees the technology and transformative business models as sharing the most activity by "helping the larger strategic buyers evolve their own businesses and bring their own innovative approaches to the market." In the marketing services sector, he says, "The technology and services will continue to be an active and vibrant category, especially where the internet meets advertising across lots of different models." And in B2B media, online businesses are also beginning to develop models worth watching. Peters says that these online businesses are going to help the larger players accelerate traction and migration to the online world. "Social media as a subset of the marketing services category will be a really interesting category to watch as well," says Peters. …

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