Steep increase in M&A deal value through first three quarters.The total value of mergers and acquisitions of media and information companies increased 130% for the first three quarters of 2005 when compared to the same period in 2004, according to according to
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New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of ). M&A activity in 11 media and information categories for the period was valued at $51.7 billion this year compared to $22.4 billion last year. She number of deals for the period increased 3.4%, from 374 deals in 2004 to 390 deals in 2005.
The b2b Magazine category showed 35 deals worth $1.8 billion in 2005, 9.4% and 58.9% increases, respectively, over the 32 deals valued at $1.15 billion last year. In terms of deal value, the categories with the largest percentage gainers were: consumer magazines (+589.9%), exhibitions and conferences (+218.2%), database information services See Information Systems. (+163.8%), newspaper publishing (+163.7%), directory and reference publishing (+157.9%) and online media (+147.4%). Only the consumer books (-15.5%) and newsletter publishing (31.9%) categories showed a decline in deal value.
Four categories, newsletter publishing (-33.3%), database information services (-28.9%), consumer books (-22.2%) and newspaper publishing (-7%), had a decline in the number of deals for the period. VNU's purchase of IMS Health IMS Health (NYSE: RX) is an international consulting and data services company that supplies the pharmaceutical industry with sales data and consulting services. IMS Health was founded in 1954 by Bill Frohlich and David Dubow. for $7 billion is the largest deal of the period for all categories while T&F Informa's acquisition of IIR IIR - Infinite Impulse Response Holdings for $1.4 billion was the eighth largest deal.
JEGI JEGI Jordan Edmiston Group, Inc. said impetus for the acceleration in the market include: the convergence of traditional and interactive media, the drive for growth by strategic companies, strong debt markets and low interest rates, and an active private equity market.