Discovery Communications, Inc.

One Discovery Place,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
United States,
(240) 662-2000

Discovery Communications 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.

M&A Summary

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Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 12 3 - - 1 - 16
vol $1.8B $847M $14.6B $17.2B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 2 1 - - 2 1 6
vol $45M $120M $165M

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Largest Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
$14.6B (2017-07-31)
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Largest Discovery Education
$120M (2018-02-26)

According to our data here at Mergr, Discovery Communications has acquired 16 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 6 assets.

Discovery Communications’ 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 Communications has acquired in 6 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include media (63%) and internet software and services (25%).

When analyzing the media sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 377 media companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 25 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 4 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic media acquirer over the past 3 years is Emerald Expositions, with 11 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the media sector over the past 3 years is Providence Equity Partners with 4 platform acquisitions.

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