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M&A roundup: Jordan, Edmiston Group

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New York—Merger and acquisition activity in the media, information and marketing services sectors soared in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, according to data released Wednesday by media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group.

The number of transactions in the first six months of the year increased 52% to 445, while the aggregate deal value surged 291% to $21 billion.

Database and information services was the largest category in terms of deal value in the first half of the year, with $9.3 billion in transactions. The marketing and interactive services category had the largest number of deals—131.

The number of deals in the b-to-b online media and technology category increased almost fourfold to 26, while the aggregate value increased more than fivefold to $363 million. The b-to-b media category saw similar gains in activity, with the number of deals increasing almost fourfold to 23 and the aggregate deal value jumping more than five times to $87 million.

The exhibitions and conferences category saw the number of deals decline 40% to 12 and the aggregate deal value fall 25% to $58 million.

Jordan, Edmiston said private equity firms are beginning to re-enter the market as the 45 PE deals in the first half was a “sharp increase” over the first half of 2009. Additionally, private equity accounted for the two largest deals of 2010 so far: Madison Dearborn Partners' $2.5 billion acquisition of TransUnion, a credit and information management company, and Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus' $3.2 billion acquisition of Interactive Data Corp., a financial information business.

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