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September 1-15, 2005 Edition
Time Inc. Acquires
Magazine GroupNew York, NY/8/17/2005Time Inc. has acquired Grupo Editorial Expansión (GEE), publisher of high-end consumer and business magazines, based in Mexico City,Mexico. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Grupo, the premier publisher of high-end consumer and business magazines in Mexico, was founded in 1966 and includes a portfolio of 15 titles, including Expansión, GEEs flagship magazine and Mexicos leading business magazine, and Quién, a bi-weekly celebrity/personality magazine that carries more advertising pages than any other periodical in Mexico. Other titles include Obras, Mexicos leading architecture, construction and engineering title; Life and Style, a monthly mens lifestyle magazine; and Balance, a fitness, health and nutrition magazine for women.
GEE also has a thriving custom publishing business whose titles include Vuelo, the in-flight magazine for Mexicana Airlines, Mexicos largest national carrier, and Audi Magazine, published and distributed in Mexico for the auto manufacturer.
The combination of a robust and substantial economythe worlds 12th largestand a rapidly emerging, well-educated middle class makes Mexico an attractive, vibrant and fast-growing magazine market.
Ann Moore, Chairman & CEO of Time Inc., said, With international expansion a key element of our growth strategy, this is an ideal acquisition for us. Grupo Editorial Expansión is a terrific company with an impressive management team and world-class editorial products. This represents an exceptional opportunity to establish Time Inc. as a major presence in the dynamic Mexican magazine market.
Moore added, Given the outstanding success that British publisher IPC ( which we acquired in 2001 ) has enjoyed in the U.K. and Australia, we are confident in furthering our international expansion by acquiring GEE.
John Reuter, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Editorial Expansión, said, Were delighted and excited at the prospect of becoming part of Time Inc., the worlds pre-eminent magazine publisher. Time Inc.s outstanding record of success, reputation for excellence and immense resources will provide us with the ideal environment to continue to grow our business.
Grupo Editorial Expansión is currently owned by Editorial Medcom S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation, which bought it from the Walt Disney Company in 1993. Previously, GEE was owned by Chilton Publishing, which was acquired by Capital Cities prior to its merger with ABC.
Editorial Medcoms ownership is shared among the Serna family and La Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec ( a Canadian pension fund ). The Serna family has a controlling interest in the company.
Time Inc. is the worlds leading magazine publisher, publishing 140 titles that are read more than 300 million times worldwide on a monthly basis and account for nearly a quarter of the total advertising revenues of U.S. consumer magazines.
Time Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., a leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include interactive services, cable systems, filmed entertainment, television networks and publishing.