Informa completes the takeover of UBM

InformaInforma has completed the takeover of UBM. The new Informa Group will employ more than 11,000 people. It will own and operate a portfolio of more than 500 exhibitions brands in 15 industry verticals including Health & Nutrition, Life Sciences & Pharma, and Real Estate & Construction. In addition, it will own a portfolio of confex/conference brands, a range of specialist information and intelligence brands; plus have capabilities in B2B consulting and marketing service.

The board of Informa will be as follows:

  • Derek Mapp (Non-Executive Chairman)
  • Greg Lock (Deputy Chairman)
  • Stephen A. Carter CBE (Chief Executive)
  • Gareth Wright (Group Finance Director)
  • Gareth Bullock (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Mary McDowell (Non-Executive Director)
  • David Wei (Non-Executive Director)
  • Helen Owers (Non-Executive Director)
  • Cindy Rose (Non-Executive Director)
  • Stephen Davidson (Non-Executive Director
  • David Flaschen (Non-Executive Director)
  • John Rishton (Non-Executive Director)

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UBM acquires majority economic interest of Shanghai International Franchise Exhibition

UBM SinExpoUBM Sinoexpo, a subsidiary of UBM plc, has acquired a 70% economic interest in the Shanghai International Franchise Exhibition, organised by Shanghai Exhibition-Conference Ltd.

Established in 2005, the biannual SFE is one of the largest franchising events in China, hosting 221 exhibitors with over 450 brands and 50,261 visitors in the spring 2018 edition. SFE’s exhibitors are mainly in the food, beverage and retail sectors which is reflective of the trends in the Chinese franchise market today. Every year investors, potential franchisees, distributors, agents, dealers, and social organisations attend the two events in search of new, foreign, and commercially attractive franchise brands for the domestic market.

According to the China Chain Store & Franchise Association, China’s top franchises generates total sales of RMB 428 billion from 124,068 stores across the country. Currently, China has over 4,500 franchises and chain store companies creating more than 5 million jobs nationwide. Foreign franchise brands are becoming increasingly interested in 2nd and 3rd tier Chinese cities given favourable labour costs, reasonably priced real estate facilities, and untapped consumer spending.

Jime Essink, President and CEO of UBM Asia, said, “Our combination with SFE comes at an opportune time given our complimentary resources and shows in China. The Spring edition of SFE has already successfully co-located with our Hotel Plus event at SNIEC for two editions and we plan to co-locate SFE’s autumn edition with Food & Hotel China this November. The synergies and crossovers between professionals in the food, beverage, and retail sectors of these collocated events creates a complete and compelling industry value chain opportunity for visitors and exhibitors.”

The next edition of SFE will take place on 13-15 November 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

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CloserStill acquires majority stake in Masie Productions’ “Learning Conference”

CloserStillCloserStill Media, the London-based exhibition and conference organiser, has entered a joint venture with Masie Productions to produce future editions of the Learning Conference in Orlando. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Learning Conference draws around 2,000 delegates from the technology and corporate learning sectors each year and more than 40 commercial sponsors in the learning and technology field. In 2017, former First Lady Michelle Obama and actor John Lithgow were keynote speakers and Leslie Odom Jr., author of “Failing Up”, and star of Broadway hit musical Hamilton and author Dan Pink will head the international speaker faculty of ‘Learning 2018’ in November.

Elliott Masie is among the most well-known figures in the global eLearning industry. He is founder of the Masie Center, an international learning lab, and chair of The Learning Consortium, a 20 year old collaboration of Fortune 500 companies. Under the new partnership with CloserStill, Masie will continue to lead the programme curation and act as host for the Learning Conference for the new JV company – CSM Learning, LLC.

A new focus on disruptive technologies will form part of Learning 2018, with the introduction of Tech @Learning – a multi-strand content programme focussing on adaptive learning, artificial intelligence and machine learning, emerging assessment technologies, chatbots, immersive realities, edTech and venture innovations.

CloserStill’s Learning Group Director, Mark Penton, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be working with Elliott and his team. Elliott is an innovator and a disruptor and we feel that our combined global experience in the learning world will make for a very exciting new era for the Learning Conference which we have long admired and respected”.

UK, London & USA, Saratoga Springs, NY

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ITE Group acquires Platform Exhibitions in Turkey

ITEE Uluslararası Fuar Tanıtım Hizmetleri A.Ş(EUF) in Turkey, a wholly owned subsidiary of exhibitions business ITE Group plc,  has acquired Platform Exhibitions Inc from Mahmut and Ayse Er.

Platform owns the Beauty Eurasia exhibition which serves the beauty, personal care and cosmetics industries in Turkey and the surrounding region. Beauty Eurasia is held in Istanbul in June each year. The 2013 exhibition was the 9th edition of the event which sold more than 8,000m2 net and was attended by over 21,000 professional visitors.

beautyEurasiaITE has an established portfolio of existing Beauty events in Ukraine and Russia and earlier this year acquired an interest in the CosmoBeaute series of events in South East Asia.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The consideration will be financed out of the Group’s existing balance sheet and the acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of ownership.

Commenting on the acquisition, ITE’s Chief Executive Officer, Russell Taylor, said, “Beauty Eurasia is the leading beauty and personal care exhibition in Turkey. The addition of this exhibition to ITE’s Turkish business is consistent with our strategy of building market leading positions in core markets and sectors. The beauty and personal care industry is a growth sector in developing markets and with this acquisition, ITE will leverage its international exhibition expertise to develop further its position and benefit from a wider portfolio within this sector.”

Turkey, Istanbul & UK, London

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Mash Media acquires International Confex from UBM Live

mashmedia-logoPublisher and event organiser Mash Media has acquired International Confex, the exhibition for the meetings and events industry, from UBM Live. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
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I am delighted to officially welcome such a well-loved event as International Confex into the Mash stable,” said Mash Media MD Julian Agostini. “I have been an admirer of the show for many years and this is an exciting and significant acquisition for the company. We are relishing the challenge of continuing UBM’s good work by making International Confex the essential exhibition for the meetings and events industry.”

confexIn June 2012 Mash Media acquired The Event Production Show from Ocean Media Group, alongside the Event Production Awards, Access All Areas magazine, and directory The White Book.

International Confex runs from 11-13 March at ExCeL London.

UK, Wimbledon, Surrey

ITE Group plc – Interim Management Statement for the period April to July 2013

ITEITE Group plc today published its Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 April 2013 to 15 July 2013, incorporating the Group’s third quarter trading period from 1 April 2013 to 30 June 2013.

The statement follows:

Trading Performance

Good trading conditions continue in our core markets and the Group is trading in-line with management expectations. Revenues in the three month period to 30 June 2013 were £95m (2012: £76m). This year’s result includes a contribution from the biennial Moscow International Oil & Gas exhibition along with a first time contribution from Metaltech in Kuala Lumpur, Mayalsia, which the Group acquired in January 2013. On a like-for-like basis revenues for the third quarter were 8% higher than the previous year.

The principal trading highlights in the third quarter were:

·    Mosbuild, the Group’s principal Moscow construction event continued to prove its resilience in the face of continuing competition and grew volumes by 4% to 68,500 sqm.

·    Moscow International Oil & Gas exhibition, performed strongly with volumes up (since the 2011 event) by over 5% to 24,000 sqm (2011: 22,800 sqm).

·    Turkeybuild is the leading construction event in Turkey. The event, which is space constrained, delivered a small increase in volumes selling 36,200sqm (2012: 36,100sqm). Plans are now in place to add capacity at the venue which will provide an opportunity for the event to grow strongly from 2015 onwards.

Business development

The Group continues to execute its strategy of expanding its operations to new markets with potential for further growth. On 11 April 2013, ITE acquired 50% of ECMI based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for an initial consideration of MYR 8.1m (£1.7m) and a deferred consideration of approximately MYR 4.1m (£0.9m) due in April 2014. In addition the Group holds put and call options to acquire the additional equity in 2017 and 2019. ECMI runs a number of small annual exhibitions in the Beauty and Lab technology sector in Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Financial position

The Group had net cash of £17m as at 12 July 2013 (2012: net debt of £1.7m), after spending circa £26m on acquisitions and deferred consideration during this financial year.

Outlook

Year to date, the Group has delivered good organic growth supplemented by the continued investment in new businesses which extend the Group’s reach into new emerging markets. As at 12 July 2013, the Group had £184m of sales booked for the current financial year (this time last year: £164m), representing approximately 98% of the consensus revenue expectations for this financial year.

The Group continues to experience good trading conditions in its principal markets and the Board remains confident in the full year outcome.

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Canadian PE acquires Nielsen’s exhibition unit

nielsenPrivate equity firm Onex Corporation is to acquire Nielsen Expositions from the media measurement and retail information group, Nielsen. Onex are paying $950 million in cash. Nielsen Expositions is a leading operator of large, business-to-business trade shows in the United States and Nielsen’s last non-core business. 

For the year ended December 31, 2012, Nielsen Expositions generated revenues of approximately $183 million, adjusted EBITDA of $97 million and incurred capital expenditures of $2 million on a stand-alone basis, so Onex are paying around 9.8 times last year’s EBITDA.

Onex Partners III, Onex’ $4.7 billion private equity fund, will make an equity investment of approximately $350 million, of which Onex’ share is approximately $85 million as a Limited Partner in the Fund. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second quarter.

Based in San Juan Capistrano, California, Nielsen Expositions produces around 65 business-to-business tradeshows and conference events each year across nine diversified end-markets, including general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, and photography. Nielsen Expositions has approximately 240 employees and operates out of four U.S. offices.

“Nielsen Expositions’ strength in the U.S. business-to-business tradeshow industry is evidenced by its high renewal rates, long-standing exhibitor relationships, and the brand strength of the underlying shows,” said Kosty Gilis, an Onex Managing Director. “This is a great opportunity to partner with David and his management team to build on the company’s market leadership position through continued expansion of its existing shows as well as select acquisitions.”

Onex has approximately $15 billion of assets under management, including $5 billion of proprietary capital, in private equity, credit securities and real estate.

Canada, Toronto & USA, San Juan Capistrano, CA & New York. NY

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