LONDON: Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) announced that dmg media, its Consumer Media business, has acquired New Scientist from a consortium of individual investors led by Sir Bernard Gray, for £70 million cash consideration.
New Scientist has a large and growing international readership, with a weekly circulation of approximately 120,000, of which just over half are UK-based.
The business also has a high-quality revenue base with about 75% derived from subscriptions. In 2021, the business is expected to generate cash operating income and operating profit of approximately £7m and revenues are expected to exceed £20m.
Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT, said: “New Scientist is a world-renowned publication loved by its readers, and we are both thrilled and proud to welcome it to the DMGT family.
They are a specialised and talented team who showcase the best of science journalism, bringing integrity, curiosity and craftmanship to their work. We are very much looking forward to supporting their exciting plans to grow as the go-to publication for anyone interested in the scientific world around us.”
Paul Zwillenberg, DMGT CEO, added: “The acquisition of New Scientist marks an exciting new addition to the DMGT portfolio and reflects our disciplined approach to acquisitions. It is a natural step in our consumer strategy to improve the quality of our revenues through building up subscriptions and digital capabilities. We are committed to supporting the talented team and their plans for the future and are confident that the business is well positioned for future growth.”
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 £1.2bn.