Allworld deal isn’t quite all it seems

Allworld has plenty to recommend it. It’s focused on some of the most exciting markets in Asia, from Singapore and Malaysia to Thailand and Indonesia. But takeovers reliant on boosts to sales are much harder to pull off than those based on cost savings

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UBM acquires Allworld Exhibitions

Press Release: UBM plc (“UBM”, or the “Company”) announces today that it has agreed to acquire Allworld Exhibitions (“Allworld”, or the “Business”) for a cash consideration which values the Business at US$485 million on a debt and cash free basis

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Informa acquires Light Reading

London-based research and events firm Informa has acquired telecommunications industry publisher Light Reading, along with research-oriented counterpart Heavy Reading, from CEO and founder Steve Saunders. Saunders will continue at Informa for a minimum of three years, under the title of digital publisher-in-chief

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UBM upbeat as large event growth offsets blips

The events organiser, which hopes to conclude the sale of its PR Newswire and Agility businesses in coming weeks, said performance since the start of the year had been in line with management expectations. Larger events continued to drive performance, most notably Game Developers Conference, MAGICVegas, Enterprise Connect, MD&M West and Hotelex/FineFoods, UBM said.

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UBM acquires Business Journals in the US

BJI serves the men’s apparel and women’s apparel and accessories markets under the following leading tradeshow brands: AccessoriesTheShow, EDIT, FAME, Moda, MRket and Stitch. These shows run multiple times a year and in some cases are located in the same venues as UBM shows. BJI also operates several websites and publications serving the fashion sector. In 2015, BJI’s revenues were approximately $40m – $33m from Events and $7m from Other Marketing Services

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Colin Morrison on broken B2B models and the golden era that might lie ahead

Rather than the online space being perceived as a threat, Morrison believes there exists a distinct opportunity to increase the authority of magazine brands. Magazines that have successfully made transitions into digital include the 170 year-old Building, their editor recently stating that the digital space has allowed them to position their writers as true experts in their respective fields

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