Media M&A: Fewer, Smaller Deals This Year

The virtually non-existent tech/media IPO market hasn’t done much to lift the M&A market this year. While the number of deals is down a bit this year, deal sizes are down a lot, according to Jordan, Edmiston Group, an investment bank.

Through Q3, the bank calculates 619 deals in the media/information/marketing services industry, down from 631 through Q3 of 2007. But the value of those deals is down much further: $26.7 billion through Q3 this year versus $87.6 billion through Q3 of 2007 — a 70% drop.

Among the most active sectors: Database and information services, with a 64% year-over-year increase in number of deals. Among the slowest: business-to-business magazines, consumer magazines, and educational and professional publishing.

Full report embedded below.

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