Agencies Forecast 4% Growth For 2020

A weakening global economy will keep underlying ad-spend growth in the mid-single-digit range according to just-released forecasts from GroupM, Zenith and Magna. U.S. political advertising and other cyclical events will help offset moderating growth a little bit according to the forecasts, which are summarized below.

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Questex Acquires Multiple Trade Shows and B2B Brands from Informa

A year after its sale to private equity firm MidOcean Partners, Questex’s path forward continues to take shape. The global B2B media and events firm revealed Tuesday that it has acquired a handful of events and digital brands from Informa plc—a move that CEO Paul Miller says aligns with the company’s strategic focus on “the experience economy.”

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Tarsus acquires Smarter Shows

Tarsus, the global B2B media group, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Smarter Shows; the UK-based exhibition and conference organiser. The acquisition enables Tarsus to strengthen its position in the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industry sectors whilst increasing its coverage of the related industry supply chains and opening up access to new verticals.

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Roar Techmedia secures investment from Apiary to acquire shows from Prysm

Roar Techmedia, the trade exhibitions organiser, is pleased to announce it has secured a significant investment from Apiary Capital to fund the acquisition of a portfolio of leading events from Prysm Media Group. The events are focussed on the healthcare, environmental and marketing technology sectors and include leading brands such as RWM, Naidex and Call & Contact Centre Expo.

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Future has acquired Barcroft Studios for £23.5m

Award-winning UK factual TV and digital video production company Barcroft Studios today announces it has entered into an agreement that sees its 100% acquisition by global multi-platform media company Future plc (LSE: FUTR) for a total consideration of £23.5 million in a combination of cash and shares.

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Behind Bauer Media’s Print Success

CEO Steven Kotok on how a legacy business model can still work in 2019. Scrappy isn’t necessarily a word you’d use to describe a publishing company that houses the two best-selling titles on U.S. newsstands, but at Bauer Media Group USA, the company’s mindset is exactly that.

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Scary Growth for Sorrell’s S4Capital

WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell’s recently launched marcoms business S4Capital has reported third quarter revenue up almost 54% to £56.6m, with a nearly 50% increase in gross profit to £42.1m during the period. The figures reflect rapid organic growth as well as M&A.

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Future to acquire TI Media for £140m

Future announces the proposed acquisition by its subsidiary, Future Holdings 2002 Limited, of TI Media for a consideration of £140 million. The consideration for the Acquisition will be satisfied entirely in cash. The consideration and related transaction costs will be funded by the net proceeds of the Placing announced today and the balance from the £45 million accordion facility provided under Future’s revolving credit facility.

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Meredith Corp Acquires Mindfulness App Stop, Breathe & Think

As it looks to expand its digital presence in the consumer-engagement segment, Meredith Corp acquired mindfulness app Stop, Breathe & Think (SBT). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition follows a recent study conducted by Meredith and The Harris Poll that revealed American women are experiencing stress at heightened epidemic levels.

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Clarion Events has acquired MAU, the world’s leading mobile acquisition and retention summit

Clarion Events, the fastest growing events organizer in North America, today announced the acquisition of MAU, the world’s leading mobile acquisition and retention summit held annually in Las Vegas. The addition of MAU within the Clarion Events North America Portfolio will focus on expanding the breadth and reach of the MAU Summit as well as continue to expand Clarion into the high-growth digital marketing event and technology sector

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Easyfairs and Futurebuild Events join forces to form powerful partnership

Easyfairs, the world’s largest privately-owned exhibition organiser, today announces the acquisition of Futurebuild Events, a London-based independent events company that boasts an experienced team of events professionals dedicated to the built environment sector. Retaining the Futurebuild Events management and staff, the two organisers will combine strengths to work with the industry to deliver a portfolio of events dedicated to the needs of the market.

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Montagu Private Equity to acquire Jane’s from IHS Markit

Montagu Private Equity (“Montagu”) today announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jane’s (“the Company”) from IHS Markit. Jane’s is a leading provider of open source intelligence, providing timely information and data for the aerospace, defence and security industries. These insights are underpinned by a team of global analysts, covering areas ranging from information on military capabilities and budgets to national threat intelligence and defence markets forecasts.

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Tarsus buys China glass events

Tarsus, the global B2B media group, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of 70% of Shenzhen Zhong Xin Cai Exhibition Company; owner and organiser of Touch China & 3D Glass Expo strengthening the Group’s presence in its Shenzhen hub. The acquisition also represents the group’s first move into the fast growing and strategically important electronics sector in Shenzhen. 

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