Discovery Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Media Company

Discovery has acquired 16 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 7 assets.

Discovery’s largest acquisition to date was in 2017, when it acquired Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2018, when it sold Discovery Education to Francisco Partners for $120M. Discovery has acquired in 5 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include media (63%) and internet software and services (25%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity23
    • M&A Buy Activity16
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12
  • M&A Advisors 6

Discovery

Discovery, Inc.

8403 Colesville Road,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
United States,
(240) 662-2000
www.discovery.com

Discovery is a global media company that provides content across multiple distribution platforms, including pay-TV, free-to-air and broadcast television, websites, digital distribution arrangements and content licensing agreements. The Company's portfolio of networks includes television brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Velocity (known as Turbo outside of the U.S.). Discovery also operates a diversified portfolio of production studios, websites and curriculum-based education products and services. Discovery was formed in 1985 and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Discovery was founded in 1985 and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 15 1 - - - - 16
vol $2.6B $14.6B $17.2B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 4 2 1 - - - 7
vol $45M $120M $165M
  23

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Discovery Education, Inc. 2018-02-26 120M USD Divestiture
Silver Spring, Maryland · www.discoveryeducation.com
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. 2017-07-31 14.6B USD Add-on Acquisition
Knoxville, Tennessee · www.scrippsnetworks.com
Betty TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.betty.co.uk
Raw TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.raw.co.uk
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 847M GBP Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com
HowStuffWorks LLC 2014-04-21 45M USD Divestiture
Atlanta, Georgia · www.howstuffworks.com
Eurosport 2014-01-21 - Stake Purchase
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Raw TV Ltd. 2014-01-01 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.raw.co.uk
Espresso Group Ltd. 2013-11-07 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.espressocoding.co.uk
SBS Nordic 2013-04-09 1.5B EUR Divestiture
, Norway
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. 2017-07-31 Spoon Media, Inc. 2019-11-20 1
Knoxville, Tennessee · www.scrippsnetworks.com New York, New York · www.spoonuniversity.com
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 Betty TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 3
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com London, United Kingdom · www.betty.co.uk
All3Media Ltd. 2014-05-08 Raw TV Ltd. 2017-05-03 2
London, United Kingdom · www.all3media.com London, United Kingdom · www.raw.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Media 10 (63%) 17.0B (98%) 4 (57%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (25%) 290M (2%) 1 (14%) 45M (27%)
Education 1 (6%) - 1 (14%) 120M (73%)
Information Technology 1 (6%) - 1 (14%) -
Total 16 $17.2B 7 $165M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 7 14.9B 4 165M
  Georgia 2 250M 1 45M
  California 2 30M 1 -
  Maryland 1 20M 2 120M
  Tennessee 1 14.6B - -
United Kingdom 5 847M 3 -
  Connecticut 1 - 1 -
2 - - -
Italy 1 - - -
Norway 1 1.5B - -
Domestic 7 (44%) 14.9B (86%) 4 (57%) 165M (100%)
Cross-border 9 (56%) 2.3B (14%) 3 (43%) -
Total 16 $17.2B 7 $165M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
1
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Guggenheim Securities
1
Legal Deals
DLA Piper
2
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
1
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $16.1B
$100M to $1B 2 $1.1B
< $100M 3 $60M
TOTAL $17.2B
Largest Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
$14.6B (2017-07-31)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $120M
< $100M 1 $45M
TOTAL $165M
Largest Discovery Education, Inc.
$120M (2018-02-26)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
13%
2 (13%)
Strategic(s)
31%
5 (31%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
29%
2 (29%)
Strategic(s)
57%
4 (57%)

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