Ascential - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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Ascential M&A Summary

Ascential has acquired 14 companies, including 9 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 10 assets.

Ascential’s largest acquisition to date was in 2021, when it acquired Perpetua Labs for $250M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2023, when it sold Flywheel Digital to Omnicom Group for $835M. Ascential has acquired in 7 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include internet software and services (22%) and software (22%).

Ascential Business Overview

Where is Ascential headquartered?

Ascential is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

What is Ascential’s revenue?

Ascential disclosed revenue of 349M GBP for 2021 and 264M GBP for 2020.

How many employees does Ascential have?

Ascential has 3,000 employees.

What sector is Ascential in?

Ascential is a media company.

When was Ascential founded?

Ascential was founded in 2016.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity24
    • M&A Buy Activity14
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9
  • M&A Advisors 2

Ascential

Ascential plc

The Prow, 1 Wilder Walk,
London, W1B 5AP
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7516 5000
www.ascential.com

Ascential is an international business-to-business media company with a focused portfolio of events and information services products. In Exhibitions & Festivals, It organized a large scale exhibition, congresses, and festivals where customers come together to form business relationships and transact. Ascential was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 5 1 5 2 1 - 14
vol $214M $372M $250M $836M
Sell (0.6/yr) # 7 - 1 - 2 - 10
vol $976M $835M $1.8B
  24

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Flywheel Digital LLC 2023-10-30 835M USD Divestiture
Baltimore, Maryland · www.flywheeldigital.com
WGSN Ltd. 2023-10-30 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.wgsn.com
Contagious Commmunications 2023-08-11 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.contagious.com
Intrepid E-Commerce Services Pte. Ltd. 2022-06-30 250M USD Add-on Acquisition
Singapore, Singapore · www.intrepid.asia
Sellics Marketplace Analytics GmbH 2022-04-19 - Add-on Acquisition
Berlin, Germany · www.sellics.com
Media Link LLC 2021-12-15 - Divestiture
New York, New York · www.medialink.com
WhyteSpyder, Inc. 2021-11-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Rogers, Arkansas · www.whytespyder.com
Guangzhou Siqianli Shuju Keji Youxian Gongsi 2021-11-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Guangzhou, United States · www.4kmiles.com
OneSpace, Inc. 2021-09-13 - Add-on Acquisition
Swansea, Illinois · www.onespace.com
ASR Group Holdings LLC 2021-07-16 122M USD Add-on Acquisition
Columbus, Ohio
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Internet Software and Services 3 (21%) 250M (30%) 1 (10%) -
Business Services 1 (7%) - 3 (30%) 210M (12%)
Media 1 (7%) 122M (15%) 3 (30%) 718M (40%)
Software 3 (21%) 119M (14%) - -
Information Services 2 (14%) 58M (7%) 1 (10%) 19M (1%)
Digital Media 2 (14%) 250M (30%) - -
Marketing 1 (7%) 37M (4%) 1 (10%) 835M (46%)
Information Technology 1 (7%) - - -
Publishing - - 1 (10%) 29M (2%)
Total 14 $836M 10 $1.8B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United Kingdom 3 95M 8 976M
United States 7 372M 2 835M
  New York 1 - 1 -
  Utah 1 - - -
  Ohio 1 122M - -
  Illinois 1 - - -
  California 1 250M - -
  Arkansas 1 - - -
  Maryland - - 1 835M
China 1 - - -
Germany 1 - - -
Ireland 1 119M - -
Singapore 1 250M - -
Domestic 3 (21%) 95M (11%) 8 (80%) 976M (54%)
Cross-border 11 (79%) 741M (89%) 2 (20%) 835M (46%)
Total 14 $836M 10 $1.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
1
Mooreland Partners LLC
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 4 $741M
< $100M 2 $95M
TOTAL $836M
Largest Perpetua Labs, Inc.
$250M (2021-04-15)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 4 $1.7B
< $100M 4 $84M
TOTAL $1.8B
Largest Flywheel Digital LLC
$835M (2023-10-30)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
7%
1 (7%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
10%
1 (10%)
Strategic(s)
70%
7 (70%)

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