Media M&A market jumped 13% in ’05

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New York—M&A activity surged across the media and information industries in 2005, reaching levels not seen since 2000, according to a report released Tuesday by media investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group.

There were 525 deals in 2005, a 13% increase from 2004. The total value of the deals increased 87% to $56 billion.

All 11 sectors tracked by Jordan, Edmiston—including b-to-b magazines, exhibitions & conferences, database information services, and online media—had a busy year, extending the torrid M&A pace that started in 2004.

For b-to-b magazines, the number of deals was up 10% and the value rose 42%. Online media saw a 38% increase in the number of deals and a 101% increase in deal value. Exhibitions & conferences also had solid growth, up 44% in number of deals and 128% in value. The number of marketing and interactive services increased 30% and the value rose 42%.

—Matthew Schwartz

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