Jordan expects good times to roll

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Despite the torrid pace of b-to-b media deals in the last two years, Wilma Jordan doesn't see any sign of a slowdown.

"You've got major [traditional media] companies trying to figure out how to retool their business models," said Jordan, founder and CEO of media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group, which recently handled the sale of IT publisher 101communications. "At the same time, you have all of these emerging companies that have reached certain levels of profitability and it's time for them to be purchased by the global companies."

A recent report released by Jordan, Edmiston said the number of M&A media deals in the first quarter rose nearly 8% to 168, compared with the same period in 2005. The deal value surpassed $14.6 billion, a 35% increase.

A growing U.S. economy and the low cost of capital, among other factors, will continue to spark more b-to-b media deals, Jordan said.

"I'm in constant interaction with Elsevier Science, Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Thompson and United Business Media," she said, "and all of those companies are committed to the growth of the company" in terms of acquisitions.

-Matthew Schwartz

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