Future plc to acquire Imagine Publishing for£14.2M

FutureFuture plc is to acquire Miura (Holdings) Ltd, the parent company of Imagine Publishing Limited in an all share deal deal valuing the company at £14.2 million.

Imagine’s portfolio includes 19 magazines, around 300 annual bookazines and a complementary web presence. The company publish in four key markets – technology, photography, video games and science. Titles include include All About History, Digital Photographer, World of Animals, GamesTM, Retro Gamer, Nowgamer.com, X-ONE, Play, For Beginners and SciFiNow.

The company was formed with private funds in 2005 by Damian Butt, Steven Boyd and Mark Kendrick. All were former directors of publishing companies.

Imagine Publishing2Imagine is expected to report revenue of £16.4m for year to 31 March 2016, with EBITA of £3.1m, margin of 19% and cash generated from operations of £3.4m

Upon completion of the Acquisition, the vendors of Imagine will own, in aggregate, c.32.8% of Future’s enlarged issued share capital

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Future plc Chief Executive said, “This is a unique opportunity to acquire a market leading knowledge, science and technology content business which will complement and expand our capabilities.

Future’s share price jumped eight per cent to 8.5p after the deal was announced.

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