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DAILY MAIL AND GENERAL TRUST PLC Acquisition of the 'i' newspaper and website

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29/11/2019 11:30

Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT)
Acquisition of the 'i' newspaper and website
29-Nov-2019 / 10:30 GMT/BST
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29 November 2019

 

Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT)

Acquisition of the 'i' newspaper and website

 

DMGT announces that dmg media, its Consumer Media business, has acquired the 'i', the UK national newspaper and website, from JPI Media Limited for £49.6m cash consideration.  The 'i' has an established reputation for quality journalism with retail sales of approximately 170,000 newspapers each weekday and over 190,000 copies of the iweekend each Saturday.  The website, inews.co.uk, attracts approximately 300,000 daily unique browsers.  In 2018, the 'i' generated £11m in cash operating income and operating profit from £34m revenue.  It is anticipated that the acquisition will be reviewed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

 

Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT, commented: "We are delighted to welcome the 'i' to our stable of media brands. It is a highly respected publication with a loyal and engaged readership. We are committed to preserving its distinctive, high quality and politically independent editorial style.  The acquisition of the 'i' is both strategically and financially compelling for DMGT and there is scope for potential synergies in the future, notably from dmg media's existing infrastructure and in advertising sales.  The business will benefit from DMGT's long-term approach and commitment to investing in editorial content.  We also see good opportunities to develop inews.co.uk, a growing digital media asset.  Financially, the 'i' will be a strong cash generator for the Group as we continue to invest across the portfolio, both organically and through acquisitions."

 

Notes

An interview with Paul Zwillenberg, CEO of DMGT, in which he answers questions on the strategic and financial rationale for the transaction, is available on DMGT's website: www.dmgt.com/investors.

 

Enquiries

Investors:

 

Tim Collier, Group CFO

+44 20 3615 2902

Adam Webster, Head of Investor Relations

+44 20 3615 2903

 

 

Media:

Doug Campbell / Paul Durman, Teneo

 

+44 20 7260 2700

 

About DMGT

DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment.  The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology and events & exhibitions.  In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1.4bn.

 

Person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement:

Fran Sallas, Company Secretary

+44 20 3615 2904

 



ISIN: GB00BJQZC279
Category Code: ACQ
TIDM: DMGT
LEI Code: 4OFD47D73QFJ1T1MOF29
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EQS News ID: 924755

 
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