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Advertising Mergers and Acquisitions: November Recap

Advertising Mergers and Acquisitions: November Recap

How do mergers and acquisitions affect your sales? Here at MediaRadar, we know it can be difficult to stay on top of all the industry news, and we’re here to help.

Each, month, MediaRadar will provide you with the highest profile mergers and acquisitions that occur in the publisher and brand space. We’ll also throw in a few announcements and rumors so that you can stay on top of what’s happening next.

The segment will be broken out into three sections:


1.   High Profile Deals of the Month: Deals on the brand level

2.   Media Deals: Media acquisitions and mergers

3.   Announcements & Rumors: Deals that have been announced (but not made official) and high profile potential deals


1.   High Profile Deals of the Month: Deals on the brand level

Michael Kors Holdings acquires Jimmy Choo Plc

Michael Kors Holdings has completed its acquisition of luxury fashion brand Jimmy Choo for $1.35 billion, giving it a presence in the high-end luxury fashion market. Jimmy Choo is the first acquisition Michael Kors has made since it went public in 2011. This move is comparable to competitor Coach’s acquisition of Stuart Weitzman a few years ago.

(More details BusinessWire and Bloomberg)

HP completes purchase of Samsung’s printer business

HP, Inc., the PC and printer maker, has completed its acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s printer business for $1.05 billion. The integration of Samsung’s printer business will bring HP more than 6,500 print patents and expand HP’s printer portfolio in the enterprise market.

(More details on GlobeNewsWire)


Emerald Expositions acquires Connecting Point Marketing Group

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. has acquired CPMG Connecting Point Marketing Group, organizer of business-intensive trade events for different industries including hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, grocery and retail. After the acquisition CPMG will retain its entire team and operate under Emerald Expositions.

(More details on BusinessWire)


2.   Media Deals: Media acquisitions and mergers

Red Ventures acquires Bankrate, Inc.

Red Ventures, a marketing firm that connects online customers with different products and services, has completed its $1.4 billion acquisition of Bankrate, Inc. Bankrate is an online publisher of financial content and lead generator for the financial industry. This acquisition will expand Red Ventures’ presence in the financial industry.

(More details on PRNewsWire) buys

Chinese travel service provider International, Ltd. has acquired Silicon Valley-based travel planning provider The acquisition will further expand Ctrip’s global reach following its acquisition of Skyscanner a year ago.

(More details on


Entercom acquires CBS Radio

Radio broadcasting company Entercom Communications Corp. has completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of CBS Radio, creating a company with 235 stations nationwide and making it the second largest radio operator in the U.S. in terms of revenue.

(More details on Billboard)

3.   Anouncements & Rumors: Deals that have been anounced (but not made official) and high profile potential deals

[ANNOUNCED] Meredith has reached agreement to buy Time Inc.

After the failed attempt to acquire Time Inc. earlier this year, Meredith has finally reached an agreement to acquire the company for $2.8 billion with the backing of the Koch brothers. Time Inc. is the home of a myriad of well-known magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, People, etc.

(More details on NewYorkTimes)


[ANNOUNCED] Arby’s is acquiring Buffalo Wild Wings

Arby’s has announced a $2.4 billion deal to acquire Buffalo Wild Wings. This is the fourth largest U.S. restaurant deal of all time according to AXIOS. The largest was the $7.7 billion acquisition of Panera Bread in April by JAB Holdings. The deal is expected to be completed in the next few months pending shareholders’ approval.

(More details on AXIOS and ABCNews)


[RUMOR] Hasbro is said to be making a deal to acquire rival Mattel

According to The Wall Street Journal, Hasbro has recently made an offer to acquire rival toymaker Mattel in an effort to diversify potential sources of income. This move marks the third time Hasbro has tried to acquire Mattel, with the two previous attempts made in 1996 and 2015 respectively.

(More details on


[RUMOR] Twenty-First Century Fox is for sale

According to CNBC, 21st Century Fox is mulling a deal to sell the majority of the company to Walt Disney Co. excluding their news and sports media properties. According to sources, Fox believes that its current scale isn’t enough to compete in the new media landscape. Comcast and Verizon are also rumored to be eyeing assets of Fox.

(More details on CNBC and SeekingAlpha)

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