Ion Investment Group buys controlling stake in Dealogic from Euromoney and Carlyle Group

dealogicIon Investment Group is to buy a controlling stake in Dealogic, a provider of content and software solutions to financial firms, from Carlyle Group LP and Euromoney Institutional Investor.

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC said it is selling its minority equity stake in Dealogic for approximately $135m. Euromoney had acquired a 15.5 percent stake in Dealogic for $59.2 million in 2014. Ion Investment Group and Carlyle Group did not disclose their terms. The process is expected to complete in approximately six weeks. 

Euromoney will continue to receive from Dealogic the league tables and data analytics products used in its Global Capital business.

Euromoney’s results for the year ended 30 September 2017 included £3.9m in adjusted profit before tax from Dealogic. The gross assets of Dealogic at 30 September 2017 were £551.6m.

Uk, London

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Haynes acquires the E3 Technical business from Carweb

haynesHaynes Publishing Group has reached agreement on the acquisition of the E3 Technical business from Carweb Ltd., a Solera UK subsidiary. Haynes is paying £4.72 million payable in cash on completion

The E3 Technical business consists of repair and maintenance information, vehicle registration mark look-up and an associated provision of helpdesk services. The Transaction includes the acquisition of customer contracts, and employees from Carweb.

Commenting on the Transaction, Eddie Bell, Chairman of Haynes, said “this acquisition will significantly strengthen the Group’s professional data solutions offering in the UK and provide cross over benefits for Haynes’ consumer division.”

UK, Yeovil, Somerset

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RWS Holdings acquires Article One Partners

RWS1RWS Holdings plc, a provider of intellectual property support services and life sciences and commercial language services, has acquired Article One Partners, LLC, an IP information business based in the United States, for $8 million. AOP had revenues of $3.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2016,

 AOP’s online crowdsourcing platform links its clients to a community of over 42,000 researchers, across more than 170 countries, to provide them with access to IP intelligence that informs their litigation, licensing, patent enforcement and IP acquisition strategy decisions. The platform is able to match AOP’s clients’ requirements with researchers in the right technical field and geography.  

Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented: “The acquisition of AOP is a natural fit to accelerate the development of our growing Patent Information division and will provide clients with a complementary, online resource to aid their intellectual property research needs.

 “We see a number of opportunities for the business to benefit from RWS’s scale and global presence, particularly given our established sales team’s ability to offer clients the fuller range of intellectual property services across multiple geographies, so we are excited about the potential for this additional service going forward.”

Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, UK & New York, NY, USA

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Campus Management acquires Hobsons’ Admissions software business from DMGT

CampusCampus Management Corp., a provider of cloud solutions and services for higher education institutions, has acquired the Hobsons’ Admissions software business from DMGT. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The Admissions business consists of the Radius, AppReview, ApplyYourself, Connect, and Retain CRM and application management product lines. It accounted for approximately a quarter of Hobsons’ revenues in the year to date

The approximately 100-person team of CRM and application management staff will move across to Campus Management.

“As we continue to evolve our CampusNexus® engagement platform, fostering communications and relationships throughout the student lifecycle, we look to constantly improve upon what we offer to the market,” said Campus Management CEO Jim Milton. “The CRM and application management products add to our already strong CampusNexus suite to achieve that goal, and the addition of the very talented Hobsons team members reinforces our mission to deliver the higher education platform and services that enable institutions to transform their academic delivery, student success, and operational efficiency, on their terms.”

Boca Raton, FL & UK, London

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Informa acquires Dove Medical Press

DoveInforma PLC has acquired Dove Medical Pressa privately held company specializing in the publication of Open Access peer-reviewed journals across the broad spectrum of science, technology and especially medicine. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dove Medical Press was founded in 2003 with the objective of combining the highest editorial standards with the ‘best of breed’ new publishing technologies. The company 
has offices in Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, representatives in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, and editorial offices in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Stephen A. Carter, Informa Group Chief Executive, said: “The addition of Dove Medical Press adds strength and capability to our OA portfolio, further increasing choice and flexibility for researchers across a widening range of subject areas. Its track record, publishing platform and growing reputation in Health Sciences enhance our Journals business, strengthening our position in the attractive and growing OA market.”

Dove Medical Press is an independent OA journals publisher, founded in 2003, producing a range of quality OA journals, mainly in Health Sciences, with additional content in Science and Technology. A large proportion of its journals are indexed by the Web of Science and PubMed and a growing number have established and improving impact factors. Leading titles include OncoTargets and Therapy, International Journal of Nanomedicine and Clinical Ophthalmology. 

The company has offices in Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, representatives in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, and editorial offices in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Financial details were not disclosed but the transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to adjusted earnings in the first full year of ownership and deliver a return on investment ahead of the cost of capital within three years.

UK, London & Manchester

XLMedia PLC acquires for $7M

XLMediaXLMedia, a provider of digital performance marketing, has acquired (“MU30”), a US focused price comparison website for financial services, for $7 million.

MU30 is a personal finance site providing information for young adults wanting to make informed financial decisions, particularly around credit cards, loans, mortgages and savings accounts. The acquisition of MU30 helps XLMedia’s to expand further geographically in North America and to expand its footprint in the financial services sector.  XLMedia’s recently acquired of, a Canadian focused credit card comparison website.

Ory Weihs, Chief Executive Officer of XLMedia, said, “As a leading personal finance review site, MU30 is a known publisher in the US, and with its existing footprint and brand recognition, it represents an excellent opportunity for XLMedia to increase its North American presence and expand within the financial services market.”

UK, Jersey, St. Helier & USA, Yarmouth, MA

Centaur completes the acquisition of MarketMakers

centaur-logoCentaur Media Plc has completed the acquisition of MarketMakers Incorporated Limited, an integrated marketing services businesses. The initial consideration is £13.4 million, followed by a deferred earnout amount based on EBITDA performance. 

MarketMakers had revenues of £11.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of £1.7 million for year ended 31 December 2016. It is ranked as the No.1 telemarketing agency in the UK by B2B Marketing and has achieved growth in revenues of 27% over the last three years.

Read the original Fusion DigiNet article Centaur acquires MarketMakers

The acquisition  follows the completion of the disposal of Centaur’s B2C division, Home Interest, on 1 August 2017.

Andria Vidler, Chief Executive, commented:

“Both the acquisition of MarketMakers and the disposal of Home Interest will help accelerate the transformation of Centaur into a pure B2B focussed business. These transactions will provide our increasingly professional customer base with a range of higher value-added products and services.”

UK, London

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