Johnston Press future secured after buyout by newly-formed JPIMedia

Johnston Press, which owns papers including the  i, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, has been saved at the eleventh hour. Newly-formed company JPIMedia announced it had bought Johnston Press on Saturday after the publisher put itself into administration. The publisher had been looking to refinance £220m of debt due to be repaid in June next year.

read more

Centaur confirms appointment of advisers to assist divestment programme

Centaur, an international provider of market intelligence and specialist consultancy, announces that it has appointed Livingstone Partners and Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers to assist with its divestment programme. As announced in October, following a strategic review Centaur is accelerating the simplification of the Group’s structure to improve operational execution and to focus attention on the leading brands within its marketing division.

read more

Wolters Kluwer Acquires eVision

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory announced today that it has acquired eVision Industry Software BV, a global provider of industrial operational risk management software, for $145 million, excluding a deferred contingent consideration.

read more

Centaur to explore possible sale of non-core assets

In a trading update Centaur announced that their board had reviewed the groups dstructure.

It said: In recent months, Centaur has received approaches for a number of its assets from potential trade and private equity buyers who recognise the intrinsic value in these businesses, which operate in fast-changing market segments and where leading brands can fetch attractive valuations. The Board believes this value is not reflected in Centaur’s current share price.

read more

Ascential acquires Flywheel Digital in the US

Ascential plc (LSE: ASCL.L), the global specialist information company focused on the digital economy, announces the acquisition of Flywheel Digital LLC (“Flywheel”), a leading US-based provider of managed services to consumer product companies trading on Amazon, for an initial cash consideration of $60 million plus earn out payments payable over three years.

read more

CloserStill Media Acquires eLearning Guild

CloserStill Media has acquired a majority stake in Focuszone Media, Inc., operating as The eLearning Guild, for an undisclosed sum.   The eLearning Guild has a 40,000+ membership community of learning and development professionals in the United States and around the world.

read more

Blackstone acquires NEC Group

Private Equity Funds managed by Blackstone announce the acquisition of the National Exhibition Centre Group , a leading live events venue operator in the UK, from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

read more

Johnson Press puts itself up for sale

Johnston Press, which owns titles include the i newspaper, the Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post, has put itself up for sale. The beleaguered publisher, which owns almost 200 regional newspapers, had become bogged down in negotiations with bondholders over a £220m refinancing due in June that it cannot afford.

read more