ITE acquires Mining Indaba from Euromoney for £30.1M

ITE Group plcITE Group is to acquire Mining Indaba from Euromoney Institutional Investor plc in a deal worth £30.1 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The acquisition includes an initial cash consideration of £20 million to be paid on completion, with a deferred cash consideration of £10.1 million to be paid in June 2019. The acquisition will be funded from a combination of ITE’s existing cash resources and bank borrowing.

Mining Indaba is a leading event dedicated to bringing together mining and investment experts involved in Africa. The exhibition, held in Cape Town, South Africa, was founded in 1995 and marked its 24th edition in February 2018. The next edition is scheduled for 4–7 February 2019. In the year to 28 February 2018, which encompasses the 2018 event, ITE says Mining Indaba generated sales of £7.2 million (US$9.36 million) and EBITDA of £3.7 million. As at 28 February 2018, Mining Indaba reported gross assets, excluding cash, of £600,000.

ITE chief executive officer Mark Shashoua said, “We are delighted to be able to add Mining Indaba, another well-regarded must-attend event, to our portfolio. This acquisition is consistent with our stated strategy of making disciplined and value-enhancing acquisitions of market-leading events and Mining Indaba is also highly complementary to our AOW exhibition. We believe the acquisition will deliver value for our shareholders and consolidate our position as an organiser of must-attend international industry events.”

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A Fusion Deal: Sale of 50.1% stake in Global Pacific & Partners’ worldwide conference portfolio to ITE Group plc

22 AOWFusion Corporate Partners are pleased to announce the sale on behalf of its client Global Pacific & Partners (GPP) of a 50.1% shareholding in their worldwide oil & gas event portfolio to ITE Group Plc, a major London-listed international events company with significant capacity in global oil and gas.

The portfolio of events includes GPP’s market leading Africa Oil Week (AOW) conference held in Cape Town for the last 21 years. AOW incorporates Africa Upsteam and the Africa Independence Forum, other events in the portfolio include established oil & gas events in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

ITE2The cash consideration paid on completion for 50.1% is £16 million, with put and call options in place over a maximum of ten years, to enable ITE to acquire the remainder of the shares. The overall consideration to be capped at a maximum of £50 million.

Fusion acted exclusively for the shareholders of GPP. The shareholder founders and existing organisers of the event, will remain with the portfolio for the next few years at least.

GPP Chairman, Dr Duncan Clarke and CEO, Babette van Gessel said “We are all delighted to join forces with ITE to work together on developing the events in our conference portfolio. ITE has significant capacity and an excellent reputation in global oil and gas to carry forward the growth achieved over the last two decades for our portfolio in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

ITE Oil &Gas Portfolio Director, Daniel Read said “I am very pleased with the acquisition of a majority stake in a series of events that includes Africa Oil Week/Upstream Africa. It is the jewel in the crown of GPPs portfolio and takes our services to a number of new territories. We have a global network of staff, exhibitions and conferences that will promote Africa Oil Week to a huge worldwide audience. The scale of the industry in Africa and its potential for future growth is enormous. It’s great to know that we will be involved in keeping the leading stakeholders in the continent’s energy community connected and informed. I’m also looking forward to working closely with the team at GPP who have created and nurtured the growth of what has become the leading event for the industry in Africa.”

paul-slight_f_1_120_1Paul Slight, Director at Fusion, said “We were delighted to have worked with Duncan Clarke and Babette van Gessel and the rest of the team at GPP. The Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference is the longest-running and most prominent event held worldwide for Africa’s fast-growing oil, gas, LNG and energy industry. It will be an excellent fit with ITE’s events portfolio.”

The 22nd Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference, with the 13th Africa Independents Forum, takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 26th-30th October 2015 at the CTICC, with over 100 speakers, 150+ Exhibitors, and around 1,600 delegates.

UK, London & Africa, Cape Town & The Netherlands, The Hague

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Media & Business Information

Business Support Services and Energy & Environmental Services

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ITE Group acquires transportation and logistics exhibition business Breakbulk

ITEITE Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITE Group Plc, has acquired Breakbulk Holdco UK Ltd and its subsidiary companies from Electra backed, AXIO Data Group for up to $42 million (c.£26.8 million).

Breakbulk consists of a series of exhibitions, serving the transportation and logistics market for large scale project equipment, which are held annually in Houston, Antwerp, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Istanbul and Sao Paulo. In addition, the acquisition brings to ITE a magazine in print and digital format with expanded industry coverage along with its exhibition websites which serve the global breakbulk community.

breakbulkThe transaction is financed out of the Group’s existing cash and bank facilities and is expected to be earnings enhancing in the current financial year. Out of the total consideration of c.$42 million, $40 million was paid on completion with the balance payable once Breakbulk’s results for the period ended 31 December 2015 are available. The value of the gross assets being acquired is around $14m. The total profits generated by the assets acquired in the period ended 31 December 2013 was $2.6m. The Group anticipates that the purchase price equates to circa 8.5x expected FY15 EBITDA.

Breakbulk’s main events take place in Shanghai in March, Antwerp in April and Houston in October. Forward bookings for these 3 events for FY2015 are currently c90% of budget.

The current management team including Breakbulk’s Managing Director, Alli McEntyre will stay with the business.

Commenting on the acquisition, ITE’s Chief Executive Officer, Russell Taylor, said:

“ITE is continuing to build businesses in strategically important industry sectors and the acquisition of Breakbulk increases our presence in the global transportation and logistics sector. This complementary move represents progress in achieving the Group’s ambitions to expand its operations in markets and geographies with further potential for growthas well as continuing to diversify the geo-political risk in our portfolio.

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ITE acquires Eurasia Rail exhibition in Turkey

ITEITE Group plc, the international exhibitions group is acquiring TF Fuarcilik ve Organizasyon Anonim Sirketi (TFF) for around £8 million through its  wholly owned Turkish subsidiary, E Uluslar Arasi Fuar Tanitim Hizmetleri. As part of the transaction, TTF has acquired the Eurasia Rail exhibition from Turkel Fuarcilik Anonim Sirketi (“Turkel”), a company controlled by Mr Hasim Korhan Yazgan and Ms. Isil Yazgan.

The Eurasia Rail exhibition serves the rolling stock and railway infrastructure industries in Turkey and the surrounding region and is held each year at the IFM (World Trade Center) in Istanbul. The upcoming exhibition will be held in March 2015, marking the 5th edition of this event, which is expected to sell more than 10,000m2 net and be attended by around 20,000 professional visitors over 3 days.

ITE’s Chief Executive Officer, Russell Taylor, said, “I am pleased to welcome the Eurasia Rail exhibition into ITE’s Turkish business. This move represents progress in achieving the Group’s aims to strengthen and  expand its operations in sectors with further potential for growth and diversifying the geopolitical risk in our portfolio.

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ITE Pre-close trading update for the year ending 30 September 2013

ITEITE Group plc, the international exhibitions group specialising in emerging and developing markets, has issued the following update for the year ending 30 September 2013, prior to entering its close period and ahead of its preliminary results announcement on 3 December 2013.

Revenues for the fourth quarter reflect positive trading conditions in most of our overseas markets. Revenue for the full year is expected to be circa £191m (2012: £172m) in line with market expectations.

Fourth Quarter Trading

The Group ran 28 events in the fourth quarter producing revenue of circa £26m (2012: £27m). On a like-for-like basis revenues are 4% higher than last year.

The principal trading highlights in the fourth quarter were:

  • MODA, the Group’s market leading UK fashion event based at the NEC in Birmingham was 17,100sqm, which was a 9% reduction on the same event last year and reflected the ongoing difficult trading conditions in the European fashion market.
  • World Food Moscow, the Group’s leading food exhibition recorded its largest ever event with a 2% increase in space sales to 24,900sqm.

Business Development

On 26 August 2013, the Group entered into an agreement with RAMO JSC to become the anchor tenant at a new 28,000 sqm venue in Krasnodar (south-west Russia), which is due to be completed by January 2016. The Group’s business in Krasnodar is currently restricted by the size of the venue, and it is anticipated that this new facility will allow ITE’s largest events to grow and the business to expand into new industry sectors.

Financial position

The Group continues to generate strong cash flow and had net cash of circa £23.0m as at 25 September 2013 (2012: £12.0m).


Bookings for the financial year ending 30 September 2014 are progressing in line with management expectations and reflect continued good trading conditions in most of our markets. As at 26 September 2013, the Group had booked £75m of revenue for the 2014 financial year, representing circa 39% of current market expectations for the year.

The Group continues to generate good organic growth from its portfolio of events, and retains a strong balance sheet which supports its plans to invest in and further develop its business.

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ITE Group – results for the 6 months to March 2013

ITETrade exhibitions and conferences company ITE Group has announced interim results for the 6 months to March 2013.


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  • Like-for-like revenue growth of 10%+ in H1
  • Biennial and event timing impacts H1 profits by -£3.6m
  • Continued strong cash generation: net cash as at 31st March of £21.7m
  • Three recent acquisitions (ABEC in India, Trade-Link and ECMI in Malaysia – see related articles below) in Asia
  • Good forward visibility: £174m of revenue booked for the full year – (£156m this time last year)

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Russell Taylor, CEO of ITE Group plc, commented:

“ITE has delivered a good performance over the first half of the year, delivering solid organic growth in a period which was negatively impacted by biennial and event timing differences. Our three recent acquisitions of ABEC in India, Trade-link and ECMI in Malaysia represents progress in achieving the Group’s strategic aims to expand the Group’s territorial operations in markets with further potential for growth.

The Group has a strong balance sheet and its main markets are trading well. As at 17 May 2013 the Group has booked revenues for the current financial year of £174 million (2012: £156 million), which includes sales from newly acquired businesses as well as organic growth. On a like-for-like basis revenues booked for the full year are 8% ahead of this time last year. The Group is in a strong financial position with continued good trading conditions in our markets the Board has confidence in the full year outcome”.

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