CRU Group acquires Steel Market Update

CRU GroupCRU Group, the metals, mining and fertilizer consultancy, has acquired the US-based Steel Market Update conference, training and newsletter business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2008, Steel Market Update provides and analyses real-time pricing, market trends, and relevant information related to the North American flat rolled steel market through its newsletter, website and events.

Robert Perlman, Chairman of CRU, said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with John and his team. Our businesses have a shared commitment to independent and insightful coverage of the steel market. CRU’s global position will be greatly strengthened by SMU’s coverage of North America. The SMU brand will go from strength to strength under the CRU umbrella.”

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Fitch Group acquires Fulcrum Financial Data

Fitch GroupFitch Group, a unit of Hearst, is to acquire Fulcrum Financial Data, the provider of leveraged finance and distressed debt analysis, news and data, from Leeds Equity Partners. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Fulcrum Financial Data includes financial news brands such as Covenant Review, LevFin Insights, CapitalStructure and PacerMonitor, and will become part of the group’s Fitch Solutions division. Fitch Solutions provides credit and macro intelligence, and is the primary distributor of Fitch Ratings content. Fulcrum CEO Steve Miller will continue to lead the business, reporting to Dr. Ranjit Tinaikar, President of Fitch Solutions.

Paul Taylor, President and CEO of Fitch Group, said, “Fulcrum’s leveraged and distressed debt expertise is a strong complement to our Fitch Ratings business, where we already have great presence and momentum in these markets. Adding such influential brands as Covenant Review and LevFin Insights reinforces Fitch’s role as a leading source of information, insights and tools for leveraged finance market participants.”

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UBM acquires cruise and maritime media business Seatrade Communications

UBM plc Michael Duck Chris HaymanUBM has acquired Seatrade Communications Ltd.  Seatrade is a brand serving the international cruise and maritime community.  Its publications, events, management training, award schemes and websites cover all aspects of cruise and maritime activity. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Seatrade’s cruise sector events include Seatrade Latin America Cruise Convention and Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum, supported by Seatrade Cruise Review and the online portal Seatrade Insider. General Maritime events include Sea Asia in Singapore and Seatrade Middle East Maritime in Dubai, supported by the online Seatrade Global portal and Seatrade Magazine. In the Offshore Marine space it organises Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East in Abu Dhabi.

UBM’s events in the sector include Cruise Shipping Miami, Marintec China and Sea Japan.

Seatrade has been led by its Executive Chairman and owner Chris Hayman since 2003. Hayman will remain with the business as Chairman, ensuring continuity of relationships, content and strategic guidance. The business will remain headquartered in Colchester, UK, with its offices in DubaiSingapore and China continuing to drive growth in these regions.

Michael Duck, UBM’s Global Maritime Director and Executive Vice President of UBM Asia said:

“We have enjoyed a successful partnership with Seatrade for many years, and are delighted to now bring UBM and Seatrade together as one business to better serve our community of customers, delegates and readers across the maritime world. The unified portfolio and management structure will create a simplified, coherent and stronger global offering for our clients. From both a company and personal perspective, I am delighted that Chris Hayman – who is widely known and respected throughout the maritime industry – will be staying with the business. We look forward to working with him and the world class teams at both UBM and Seatrade over the coming years.”

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dmg media sells specialist recruitment job board OilCareers

evenbaseEvenbase, dmg media’s digital recruitment business, has disposed of the specialist recruitment job board, OilCareers, to Dice Holdings, Inc. for US$26 million.

Kevin Beatty, CEO of dmg media, said: “OilCareers has grown successfully since Evenbase acquired the business in 2008, achieving US$8 million of revenue in the year to September 2013. OilCareers and Dice Holdings’ Rigzone, a market leader in delivering online content, data, advertising and career services in the oil and gas industry, are complementary businesses and the strategic fit will better position OilCareers for further growth.”

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TripAdvisor acquires CruiseWise

tripadvisorTripAdvisor has acquired key technology and staff from CruiseWise, Inc. the former online cruise booking agency.  The team and non-transactional functionality will be integrated into Cruise Critic, a TripAdvisor brand. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The cruise industry continues to grow in popularity and we are delighted to be able to further strengthen our Cruise Critic business with this move,” said Steve Kaufer , co-founder and CEO TripAdvisor, Inc.  “By integrating key elements of CruiseWise and the in-depth knowledge behind it, we will enhance our ability to help travelers find their perfect cruise at a price that suits them with seamless links to our booking partners.”

Cruise Critic is published by The Independent Traveler, Inc., which was acquired as a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc. in 2007.

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A FUSION DEAL: CRU Group acquires Fertecon Research Centre

Fusion Corporate Partners are pleased to announce our latest deal. Fertecon Research Centre, the phosphates and sulphur analysis and price-forecasting business, has been sold CRU Group. Paul Kelly, Director at Fusion, acted exclusively for the vendors. The FRC team and product range will join CRU’s long-established fertilizer analysis and consultancy operation. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Michael Mew and Ian Service, the two owners of Fertecon Research Centre, will continue to work on the FRC products. Sarah Marlow, FRC’s phosphates analyst, will also be joining CRU’s fertilizer team, working across CRU’s expanded phosphates portfolio.

FRC was founded in 1991 and has a reputation for the strength and consistency of its analysis, and the loyalty of its customers. In the phosphates field, FRC publishes quarterly forecasting analysis reports on concentrated phosphates and phosphate rock, as well as the Phosphates Datafile and a monthly report on the global DAP market.

FRC also publishes a quarterly forecasting and analysis report on sulphur, along with a monthly market update. The next FRC product to be published post-acquisition will be the phosphate rock outlook, out this month.

The FRC acquisition strengthens and extends CRU’s existing portfolio of fertilizer analysis. CRU publishes its Phosphate Fertilizer and Phosphate Rock Market Outlooks, accompanied by cost reports covering finished phosphates and phosphate rock, as well as Market Outlooks for Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid. This year CRU has invested in developing the methodologies and format of its portfolio of Market Outlooks, increasing their value, robustness and ease-of-use for customers.

Nick Morgan, Chief Executive of CRU, said: “We saw in FRC strong products built on a foundation of long years in the industry. We see major value in the experience and reputation of the three analysts who join us and who between them have spent more than 90 years in these markets. We are very pleased to welcome them to CRU.”

Both Michael Mew and Ian Service welcomed the acquisition, saying: “This is an exciting development, bringing together two of the most experienced companies in the fertilizer industry analysis sector.  FRC subscribers in the sulphur and phosphate industries will benefit from the additional resources that will become available, not least CRU’s established consulting group, CRU Strategies, its world-wide network of offices and its widely acclaimed phosphate and sulphur conferences.”

Previous CRU acquisitions:

1986 – British Sulphur Consultants
1996 – Resource Strategies Inc
2006 – Commodity Metals Management Company
2012 – Ryan’s Notes

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OTHER FUSION DEALS:

Media and Information

Business Services
Events, Broadcast and Other deals

About CRU: Founded in 1969, CRU Group is the leading, independent, global metals, mining and fertilizer analysis, consultancy and conference business.  Employing more than 225 staff in London, Beijing, Pittsburgh, Santiago and Mumbai and with representative offices in Sydney and Sao Paolo, CRU is dedicated to promoting quality analysis and insight to its global customer base.

About FRC: Fertecon Research Centre was formed in 1991 and since then has provided analysis and price forecasting in the sulphur and phosphates field.  Between them owners Michael Mew and Ian Service have 76 years of experience.

CRU Group acquires Ryan’s Notes

CRU Group, the global metals, mining and fertilizer analysis, consultancy and conference business, has acquired Ryan’s Notes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ryan’s Notes comprises the Ryan’s Notes news and price assessments newsletter, which is also available online, and three conferences: the Ryan’s Notes Ferroalloys Conference, the Ryan’s Notes Metallics Meeting and the recently launched Ryan’s Notes European Ferroalloys Conference.

Ryan’s Notes was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Pelham, NY. Both of Ryan’s Notes’ founders, Patrick Ryan and Alice Agoos, will continue working on the newsletter and the conferences as part of the expanded CRU Group.

Patrick Ryan said: “After more than 17 years creating, growing and developing Ryan’s Notes, I am delighted that we have found a new home with CRU. Both Alice and I are also pleased that we will continue to work on the newsletter and conferences with CRU into the future.”

CRU Chairman Robert Perlman said: “This acquisition enables CRU to take a pre-eminent position in ferroalloys and metallics worldwide, both in price assessments and in conferences. There is an excellent fit between our two businesses which will allow us to offer even more value to our customers around the world.”

CRU Chief Executive Nick Morgan said: “We have always admired the Ryan’s Notes business and were not surprised when it researched very well in our pre-acquisition work. I am pleased to welcome Patrick, Alice and their team to CRU.”

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Groupon acquires Breadcrumb

According to the Groupon Blog, Groupon has acquired Breadcrumb, an iPad based hospitality point of sale system for restaurants. terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founder Seth Harris and his team are joining Groupon.

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KleanJobs.com acquires CleanTechRecruits

CleanTechRecruits.com, with over 10,000 subscribers, is to be acquired by KleanJobs.com for an undisclosed sum in a transaction to be finalised this month. Subscribers will be offered the opportunity to list their current opportunities and qualifications on both job search sites during the transition at no additional charge.

The acquisition of CleanTechRecruits expands KleanJobs.com reach to a broader and wider-ranging group of jobs and prospects, as well as making available its growing range of employment-related services. Both companies offer job search for candidates, as well as job posting services, in solar and other renewable energy jobs related to engineering, accounting sales, marketing, manufacturing and product development.

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AOL to acquire TechCrunch network of sites

AOL has agreed to acquire TechCrunch, the company that owns and operates TechCrunch and its network of websites dedicated to technology news, information and analysis. TechCrunch and its associated properties and conferences will join the AOL Technology Network while retaining their editorial independence, further bolstering AOL’s position as one of the world’s leading providers of high-quality, tech-oriented content. The announcement will be made on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, CA.

“Michael and his colleagues have made the TechCrunch network a byword for breaking tech news and insight into the innovative world of start-ups, and their reputation for top-class journalism precisely matches AOL’s commitment to delivering the expert content critical to this audience”
.Founded by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch operates a global network of dedicated properties from Europe to Japan, as well as vertically-oriented websites, including MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, TechCrunchIT, GreenTech, TechCrunchTV and CrunchBase. The TechMeme Leaderboard ranks TechCrunch as the No. 1 source of breaking tech news online, followed by AOL’s Engadget.*

“Michael and his colleagues have made the TechCrunch network a byword for breaking tech news and insight into the innovative world of start-ups, and their reputation for top-class journalism precisely matches AOL’s commitment to delivering the expert content critical to this audience,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AOL. “TechCrunch and its team will be an outstanding addition to the high-quality content on the AOL Technology Network, which is now a must-buy for advertisers seeking to associate their brands with leading technology content and its audience.”

Heather Harde, Chief Executive Officer of TechCrunch, said: “TechCrunch and AOL share a motivating passion for quality technology news and information, and we’re delighted about becoming part of the AOL family. This represents a compelling opportunity to extend the TechCrunch brand while complementing the great work of sites like Engadget and Switched. Our contributors, and our audiences, can look to the future with excitement about what we can build when we have the significant resources of AOL behind us.”

Michael Arrington, Founder and Co-Editor of TechCrunch, said: “Tim Armstrong and his team have an exciting vision for the future of AOL as a global leader in creating and delivering world-class content to consumers, be it through original content creation, partnerships or acquisitions. I look forward to working with everyone at AOL as we build on our reputation for independent tech journalism and continue to set the agenda for insight, reviews and collaborative discussion about the future of the technology industry.”

TechCrunch also hosts industry-leading conferences and events, including The Disrupt series, The Crunchies Awards and various meet-ups worldwide. These conferences bring together industry innovators, entrepreneurs and financing sources to exchange ideas, forge new relationships and discuss the current and future industry trends.

“Engagement with thought leaders is as important to AOL as our engagement with our contributors, audiences, publishers and advertisers, and TechCrunch’s conferences and websites will give us a promising, additional springboard to join and amplify these conversations. We’re committed to quality in everything we do at AOL, and look forward to working with Heather, Michael and the TechCrunch team to extend the brand,” said David Eun, President of AOL Media and Studios.

The AOL Technology Network consists of AOL’s tech-oriented properties including Engadget, the Web magazine about everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics; Switched, which covers the intersection of the digital world with entertainment, sports, art, fashion and lifestyle; TUAW, the unofficial Apple weblog; and DownloadSquad, the weblog about downloadable software and other computer subjects. The AOL Technology Network ranks in the top five for tech news according to comScore Media Metrix, August 2010 data, and leads the top five in average time spent and average visits per user.

This acquisition will further AOL’s strategy to become the global leader in sourcing, creating, producing and delivering high-quality, trusted, original content to consumers. TechCrunch will remain headquartered in San Francisco, CA, as a wholly owned AOL unit. Deal terms were not disclosed.

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