M&A Deal Summary

Ion Equity Acquires Ocean Media Group

On July 14, 2006, private equity firm Ion Equity acquired publishing company Ocean Media Group for 41M USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Ion Equity’s 1st transaction in the Publishing sector.
  • This is Ion Equity’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Ion Equity’s 1st transaction in the United Kingdom.
Investment Fate
  • Ocean Media Group was sold to a consortium of financial buyers in 2007 for 104M USD.
  • Ocean Media Group was sold to a consortium of financial buyers in 2012.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2006-07-14
Target Ocean Media Group
Sector Publishing
Buyer(s) Ion Equity
Deal Type Divestiture
Deal Value 41M USD

Target

Ocean Media Group

London, United Kingdom
website
Diverse, successful and expanding - three words that capture the main characteristics of the Ocean Media Group. We publish a number of leading magazines, operate a wide range of very successful consumer and trade exhibitions - both in the UK and across continental Europe - and we organise numerous conferences, awards ceremonies and other face to face events. We also have a growing reputation for our related web sites.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Ion Equity

Dublin, Ireland

Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2000
Size Small
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Ion Equity is a private equity firm focused on making investments in UK and Ireland based cash-flow businesses with strong assets. Ion seeks companies valued from €50 to €500 million and will consider funding acquisitions, buyouts, recapitalizations, take privates, and restructurings. Ion Equity is a generalist investor, however the firm has a strong interest in energy, services, retail, media, and property related businesses. Ion Equity maintains offices in London and Dublin.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 9
Sector (Publishing) 1 of 2
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 1
Country (United Kingdom) 1 of 3
Year (2006) 1 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
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