Investcorp sells firm to Observer Capital
Manama, August 11, 2014
Investcorp, an alternative investment manager listed on the Bahrain Bourse, has sold its SourceMedia, a business-to-business media company, to private equity firm Observer Capital.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Investcorp originally acquired SourceMedia, inclusive of its Accuity affiliate, from the Thomson Corporation in 2004.
Through Investcorp’s stewardship, SourceMedia made significant investments and changes to the business that advanced its digital-first strategy, significantly diversifying its revenue mix to incorporate digital media, marketing services, events and new categories such as research.
In addition, Investcorp spun out Accuity, and worked with its management to position the business as the leading US provider of payment efficiency and risk reduction solutions for global financial institutions.
Investcorp sold Accuity to Reed Elsevier in September 2011.
“We are pleased to have collaborated with SourceMedia’s talented management team to make strategic investments that broadened the company’s revenue sources and positioned it for continued success with Observer Capital,” Investcorp Gulf Business president Mohammed Al Shroogi said.
“The sale of SourceMedia demonstrates Investcorp’s ability to add value to its portfolio companies across all economic cycles.”
Investcorp said the sale of SourceMedia follows a highly active year for its corporate investment group, which deployed $609 million across five acquisitions in the fiscal year ended June 30.
In the same period, Investcorp executed eight corporate investment realisations, in an effort to support continued growth of the business and uphold the firm’s commitment to delivering value to clients and shareholders.
The firm returned approximately $1.3 billion in proceeds from realisations and distributions in the year.
“SourceMedia’s partnership with Investcorp has been highly successful and we thank them for their support over the last several years,” said SourceMedia chief executive Doug Manoni.
“Through our collective efforts, we were able to develop and implement a highly-successful digital strategy and evolved our business to a digital-first publishing, marketing solutions, and performance-based marketing company driven by the needs of our dynamic customer base.
“I greatly appreciate Investcorp”s support of our business and look forward to working with Observer Capital to continue strengthening our portfolio of services on behalf of our clients and subscribers,” Manoni added. - TradeArabia News Service