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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Skift to acquire Airline Weekly from its founders

Skift have announced that they are acquiring the 14-year old newsletter Airline Weekly and its related assets. AW is a subscription-only publication, built by the original team of Jay Shabat, Seth Kaplan, and Jason Cottrell into a highly influential global read consumed by CEOs and senior executives in the airlines sector. It’s paid for by readers who want a more interesting, deeper, and comprehensive read about the ins and outs of the airline business. We will build on its expertise to both deepen and expand it in various ways.

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ITE acquires Mining Indaba from Euromoney for £30.1m

ITE, one of the world’s leading organisers of international exhibitions and conferences, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business and assets relating to Mining Indaba from Euromoney Institutional Investor for £30.1 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to normalised working capital

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Huntsworth plc has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 80% of Navience Healthcare Solutions LLC

Huntsworth plc, the healthcare and communications group, today announces  it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire 80% of Navience Healthcare Solutions LLC (“Navience”), an independent payer advisory and marketing agency, for an initial cash consideration of $24m (the “Initial Consideration”). It is intended that the Initial Consideration will be funded by a placing of new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the “Placing”), to raise approximately £18m, with any proceeds in excess of the Initial Consideration to be used to pay expenses relating to the acquisition and the Placing.

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DC Thomson acquires Aceville Publications

DC Thomson Media has announced the acquisition of Aceville Publications, a Colchester based magazine publisher. This is the largest acquisition within the Media business for a number of years and will materially change the landscape for DC Thomson Media.

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CloserStill Media could go up for sale for £300m

Accrording to The Daily Mail the company that runs the London Vet Show and a number of other events, could be about to change hands for up to £300million amid a frenzied year of buyouts in the events and exhibitions sector. City sources said the private equity owners of CloserStill Media have appointed bankers from DC Advisory Partners to find a buyer for the business. 

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