EXHIBITION NEWS July 2017 - Page 12

NEWS THE DEALMAKER Steve Monnington of Mayfi eld Media Strategies runs the rule over the latest global exhibition deals T 12 here’s M&A news from across the world this month. We’ll start with the UK and then head East. Ascential has announced the sale of its remaining 11 UK-based heritage brands – those associated with the original EMAP brand such as Drapers, Nursing Times and Construction News – to publishing group Metropolis for £23.5m. With the sale of Health Service Journal to Wilmington earlier this year, this leaves just one of the brands – Middle Eastern Economic Digest – looking for a home. The only print title that is being retained is Retail Week, which will be run alongside Ascential’s digital brands Planet Retail and One Click Retail. MA Exhibitions Limited, the exhibition arm of the Mark Allen Group, has acquired TES SEN, the UK’s largest special educational needs show from TES Global Limited. Although better known as a publishing group, this is their third exhibition acquisition in recent times following on from the purchases of Industry Dynamics and Dental Showcase. Reed Exhibitions Deutschland have invested in the Artifi cial Intelligence launch event World Summit AI to be held in Amsterdam in October. The event was created by ex-i2i exhibition director Sarah Coles-Porter with co-investment by City.Ai. This is not the fi rst time that Reed have invested in a start-up – in 2001 they invested in the launch of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), bought out the business three years later and have subsequently established it as the major top-end travel brand. Let’s see if they can do the same with World Summit AI. EASTERN PROMISE On to China and two acquisitions from Informa. The fi rst is the acquisition of 60 per cent of Inter Health Expo in Guangzhou, the largest exhibition in China for the health food and nutrition sector and complementing Informa’s global exhibition brand Vitafoods. Informa also added to this vertical with the 2014 acquisition of Supplyside as part of the Virgo acquisition as well as the related brands that came with the more recent Penton acquisition. The second deal is the partial acquisition of the Chengdu China Building & Decoration Exposition – the leading building and decoration show in western China. This is Informa’s third acquisition in Chengdu in recent months following on from the acquisition of the Chengdu Beauty show and China Floor and China Mortar Expos. Across to Australia, where Reed have acquired a majority stake in Fitness Show PTY, organiser of three consumer fi tness shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Sydney. The Fitness shows (together with the Good Food & Wine shows) were part of an MBO of the consumer show division from Diversifi ed Communications in Australia in March 2016 by international director Matt Pearce. We’ll fi nish off with the two most prolifi c acquirers in the USA. Marketplace Events, the largest producer of home and garden events in North America, has added another show to its portfolio by acquiring the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show from Hart Productions. This is the largest single-show acquisition made by Marketplace Events to date and is the 14th show acquired by the company since February of last year, when Private Equity fi rm Sentinel Capital Partners acquired them. Emerald Expositions who recently became a publicly listed company has acquired the SIA Snow Show and SnowSports Industries America (SIA). The show will be merged with their Outdoor Retailer event to become the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show. I N T E R N AT I O N A L N E \L)IU9%9=H]=I1MU55%P$܁a LaA QQ%=9L)ѥѕɕ]ɱMյ)$́ɕٕٕѵЁɽI)ᡥѥ͍́ɽ٥ѡ͡)ݥѠɕ͕фɕͽɍ̸+q]ɥ͕ٕ́х)ͥѥݥѠɭЁɽՍ́)ȁЁ]ɱMյЁ$ݥձѡ̳t)ѕ!̵)ɉ